5th Generation Toyota Rav4 Master Thread (Rav4 Prime Plug-In Added)

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I think with a 3rd row option it could go either way. Toyota got rid of the 3rd row on the 3rd gen Rav4 because very few buyers chose that option.

A more important concern for Honda and the CR-V is that it's extremely likely the new Rav4 will get Toyota's brand new torque vectoring AWD system. The dated AWD system in the current Rav4 is already superior than the CR-V's AWD system, and Toyota's torque vectoring AWD is a quantum leap over the AWD offered in the CR-V. It will make the CR-V as having by far, the worst AWD system in the segment. It will be curious to see how it starts to affect sales.

yep, they announced expansion and retooling of the factory for 2019 Highlander:
http://corporatenews.pressroom.toyota.com/releases/toyota-indiana-tmmi-jobs-jan24.htm



http://corporatenews.pressroom.toyota.com/releases/toyota-indiana-tmmi-jobs-jan24.htm

There was also investment in engine factory for new 2019 Highlander Hybrid, i believe it was 2.5l hybrid engine, to start production in 2020.
Great catch, and the timeline makes sense. The current gen 3 Highlander was unveiled in March 2013 as a 2014 model year vehicle. So a Fall 2019 timeline lines up pretty nicely in terms of next-gen Highlander production. So that means the Gen 4 Highlander is likely to be unveiled sometime in the 1st half of 2019. Then it gets really interesting, because after that we will wait and see when the next-gen Tundra, Sequoia, 4Runner, and Land Cruiser will be arriving.
 

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I think with a 3rd row option it could go either way. Toyota got rid of the 3rd row on the 3rd gen Rav4 because very few buyers chose that option.
For what it's worth, my son-in-law's daily driver is one of those rare 3-row 3rd-gen RAV4s.

And, sadly, the U.S. market is just not into compact (C-segment) SUVs and mini-minivans with 3rd-row seats. A 3rd-row option will soon be available for the current (5th-gen) Honda CR-V in Europe. No word from Honda U.S.A. on whether or not it'll be available there, but most rumors suggest it won't be. And, for 2018, Nissan U.S.A. quietly dropped the 3rd-row option from the current Rogue (X-Trail in other markets). That leaves the Mitsubishi Outlander and Volkswagen's LWB 2nd-gen Tiguan as the U.S. market's sole 3-row entries in the segment.
 
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Oh god eugh. That fascia is horrid. If I were to give a compliment, it would be that the front overhangs are really small and the design actually looks clean? Which is actually surprising. The last Toyota's that had "clean" design was the Camry and the Sienna. So that's a plus?
 

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This one?

Ah yes, Josh Byrnes is one talented individual and of the few bright spots on that useless site. The owner (John Halas) couldn't handle my constructive criticism of his uninformative, glorified blog and was bitterly embarrassed because I lastly called out a clickbait Carscoops article of the supposed next generation Infiniti Q50 sedan. The article was chock full of misleading BS info (alluding to FWD), simply using Josh's newly made Q50 rendering (based on NAIAS Infiniti Concept sedan).

I was blocked from commenting via Disqus of course, because everything I said about the V38 Q50 made sense and criticism was too close to home, about his responsibility as a news provider, to be credible and informative.

I plainly detest the rampant laziness and uninspired clickbait mentality, that permeates a good amount of automotive media sites today, where myself and a few other dedicated enthusiasts, have to be sweeping up after their useless rumours and misinformation spread like wildfire, especially regarding Japanese brands.

In this case, I primarily commend Josh on his excellent rendering skills and great guesswork, in providing positive early attention for the next RAV4 against non-Toyota owners. I only can recommend Car Scoops for the renderings via artist Josh Byrnes and not much else, especially with their semi-peanut gallery of ignorant posters/commenters and clickbait nonsense that goes for news there.

Side profile is nearly identical - I hope the rest of it is as close.

The funny thing about this "concept", was that I knew it was plainly based on the production RAV4 (under 320B programme) and that design was finalized back in Q3 of 2016, for projected Job 1 date of November 1, 2018. I had to just roll my eyes recently, where someone (arrogant critic of Toyotas) claimed (about silhouette photo), "They went from concept to production quick.": unamused:

Unlike the FT-1, Toyota already was engineering the 320B for production all of last year (plus 2016) and branched out to develop this concept, as a teaser. The FT-1 debuted 1 year before internal design freeze of the 2020 Supra and just 7-8 months before A90 concept approval for production styling.

The FT-1 was truly a design study (not already set), while the FT-AC was merely a butched-up 2019 RAV4. Something I had said from the beginning (in November) elsewhere, but some folks part of the Detroit industry (close to Toyota Technical Center Ann Arbor) commented and preferred to condescendingly obscure that reality (to others) and claim "it had a "similar" design language to the next RAV4 and other Toyotas". Irrelevant, when it plainly was the 2019 RAV4 in disguise and just muddled things for the less aware.

I gripe about this, in preferring the obvious hidden truth, to stay as obvious as possible, keeping everyone on the same page, and not out of the loop on future products. It is better to look at most concepts at this level of execution (FT-AC), as a preview for an upcoming production model and realistically not expect any last minute changes from the manufacturer, because of some cooler looking show model. Said this about LF-NX too.

Much of the styling for current RAV4 was fully ironed out in 2010 ('16 refresh in 2014) and in early 2016 for the 2019 model. Yet some people (elsewhere) are already accusing Toyota of "dumbing-down" the FT-AC, not realizing how stupid they sound in their accusations. Common sense shows, that Toyota could not give away the RAV4 or any future offroad-focused variants of it too early, so it made more sense to preview it with a concept based on what they are engineering for the assembly line quietly.

I just do not think it is fair to make such critiques/demands over "concepts", based on obtuse ignorance. Anyone hoping the RAV4 needs to "stay true to the concept" at this point, is plain lost and should remember, that Toyota likes spending time on new model projects and committing to the body shape early enough, to engineer it well.

I mention this, because the likes of glorified blogs, C&D, Jalopnik, Youtubers, Demuro, and the like upon reveal this week, will give lazily summarized commentary, parroting nonsense like "Toyota didn't translate the FT-AC to RAV4 100%/watered it down"), as if it is a fact and then itmgets swallowed up by the masses.

I prefer that it is widely understood, not all concepts are created equally, so that people can adjust the expectations accordingly and be realistic. Not directed towards you Gecko nor any regulars here, just a bit of a diatribe at rinse-repeat complaints outside LE.

With its 2018 model year refresh, NX is on track to follow the 6-year cycle of Lexus' other high-volume models (ES and RX). NX also has an affinity for Chinese debuts (both original and refreshed NX debuted there).

Most likely scenario: 2nd-gen NX debuts at the April 2020 Beijing Motor Show, going on sale during the 4th quarter of 2020 as a 2021 model year vehicle.
I had previously mentioned on this forum, when the Highlander gets redesigned in an old thread.

Likely late January or February 2020, based on internal November 25, 2019 Job 1 date from 440X programme.

Those dates I gave are definitely official (given by Toyota to suppliers/affiliates), yet tentative of course, and no one knows if they will remain, until production scheduling is completed next year. As is the case with any automobile's production scheduling. (not me making things up; not saying to you necessarily, but skeptics who attack any deviations)

Two different sources on the NX have me very confused though. One source gives a Job 1 date of September 2019 at TMMC in Canada. Another, gives a date of July 2020. Doesn't say whether it based on Job 1 or sales launch. Both programme codes match though, showing 600X.

Great catch, and the timeline makes sense. The current gen 3 Highlander was unveiled in March 2013 as a 2014 model year vehicle. So a Fall 2019 timeline lines up pretty nicely in terms of next-gen Highlander production. So that means the Gen 4 Highlander is likely to be unveiled sometime in the 1st half of 2019. Then it gets really interesting, because after that we will wait and see when the next-gen Tundra, Sequoia, 4Runner, and Land Cruiser will be arriving.
Although it was unveiled at NYIAS 2013, it actually didn't go on sale until January 2014 and barely started production on December 5, 2013. I think the 440A programme was still in development when they unveiled the 2014 Highlander, ending dev. that summer of 2013. The new 440X might echo a similar timeline, entering production 11/25/2019 and then launching in January 2020.

Unrelated: (For some reason, just-auto.com and Automotive News might be using me as a source in some aspects on dates via this site, which is annoying, as I only know so much with certain models in the industry and things can change, depending on the mood of senior company personnel or supplier/MF constraints. I base this, on being among the first people online (as well as UZJ100GXR) to say a new LX is due in 2019 as a 2020 model and saw them echo that quickly, without solid proof back in 2015)

(Also, the minute I mentioned the 300B GS last year, they ran with the story on their "projections" and no one else said anything similar online.)

A lot of sites' redesign "estimates" are becoming very unreliable. No new 4Runner nor GX like they all tried to claim for MY 2019.
 
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Ah yes, Josh Byrnes is one talented individual and of the few bright spots on that useless site. The owner (John Halas) couldn't handle my constructive criticism of his uninformative, glorified blog and was bitterly embarrassed because I lastly called out a clickbait Carscoops article of the supposed next generation Infiniti Q50 sedan. The article was chock full of misleading BS info (alluding to FWD), simply using Josh's newly made Q50 rendering (based on NAIAS Infiniti Concept sedan).

I was blocked from commenting via Disqus of course, because everything I said about the V38 Q50 made sense and criticism was too close to home, about his responsibility as a news provider, to be credible and informative.

I plainly detest the rampant laziness and uninspired clickbait mentality, that permeates a good amount of automotive media sites today, where myself and a few other dedicated enthusiasts, have to be sweeping up after their useless rumours and misinformation spread like wildfire, especially regarding Japanese brands.

In this case, I primarily commend Josh on his excellent rendering skills and great guesswork, in providing positive early attention for the next RAV4 against non-Toyota owners. I only can recommend Car Scoops for the renderings via artist Josh Byrnes and not much else, especially with their semi-peanut gallery of ignorant posters/commenters and clickbait nonsense that goes for news there.



The funny thing about this "concept", was that I knew it was plainly based on the production RAV4 (under 320B programme) and that design was finalized back in Q3 of 2016, for projected Job 1 date of November 1, 2018. I had to just roll my eyes recently, where someone (arrogant critic of Toyotas) claimed (about silhouette photo), "They went from concept to production quick.": unamused:

Unlike the FT-1, Toyota already was engineering the 320B for production all of last year (plus 2016) and branched out to develop this concept, as a teaser. The FT-1 debuted 1 year before internal design freeze of the 2020 Supra and just 7-8 months before A90 concept approval for production styling.

The FT-1 was truly a design study (not already set), while the FT-AC was merely a butched-up 2019 RAV4. Something I had said from the beginning (in November) elsewhere, but some folks part of the Detroit industry (close to Toyota Technical Center Ann Arbor) commented and preferred to condescendingly obscure that reality (to others) and claim "it had a "similar" design language to the next RAV4 and other Toyotas". Irrelevant, when it plainly was the 2019 RAV4 in disguise and just muddled things for the less aware.

I gripe about this, in preferring the obvious hidden truth, to stay as obvious as possible, keeping everyone on the same page, and not out of the loop on future products. It is better to look at most concepts at this level of execution (FT-AC), as a preview for an upcoming production model and realistically not expect any last minute changes from the manufacturer, because of some cooler looking show model. Said this about LF-NX too.

Much of the styling for current RAV4 was fully ironed out in 2010 ('16 refresh in 2014) and in early 2016 for the 2019 model. Yet some people (elsewhere) are already accusing Toyota of "dumbing-down" the FT-AC, not realizing how stupid they sound in their accusations. Common sense shows, that Toyota could not give away the RAV4 or any future offroad-focused variants of it too early, so it made more sense to preview it with a concept based on what they are engineering for the assembly line quietly.

I just do not think it is fair to make such critiques/demands over "concepts", based on obtuse ignorance. Anyone hoping the RAV4 needs to "stay true to the concept" at this point, is plain lost and should remember, that Toyota likes spending time on new model projects and committing to the body shape early enough, to engineer it well.

I mention this, because the likes of glorified blogs, C&D, Jalopnik, Youtubers, Demuro, and the like upon reveal this week, will give lazily summarized commentary, parroting nonsense like "Toyota didn't translate the FT-AC to RAV4 100%/watered it down"), as if it is a fact and then itmgets swallowed up by the masses.

I prefer that it is widely understood, not all concepts are created equally, so that people can adjust the expectations accordingly and be realistic. Not directed towards you Gecko nor any regulars here, just a bit of a diatribe at rinse-repeat complaints outside LE.



I had previously mentioned on this forum, when the Highlander gets redesigned in an old thread.

Likely late January or February 2020, based on internal November 25, 2019 Job 1 date from 440X programme.

Those dates I gave are definitely official (given by Toyota to suppliers/affiliates), yet tentative of course, and no one knows if they will remain, until production scheduling is completed next year. As is the case with any automobile's production scheduling. (not me making things up; not saying to you necessarily, but skeptics who attack any deviations)

Two different sources on the NX have me very confused though. One source gives a Job 1 date of September 2019 at TMMC in Canada. Another, gives a date of July 2020. Doesn't say whether it based on Job 1 or sales launch. Both programme codes match though, showing 600X.



Although it was unveiled at NYIAS 2013, it actually didn't go on sale until January 2014 and barely started production on December 5, 2013. I think the 440A programme was still in development when they unveiled the 2014 Highlander, ending dev. that summer of 2013. The new 440X might echo a similar timeline, entering production 11/25/2019 and then launching in January 2020.

Unrelated: (For some reason, just-auto.com and Automotive News might be using me as a source in some aspects on dates via this site, which is annoying, as I only know so much with certain models in the industry and things can change, depending on the mood of senior company personnel or supplier/MF constraints. I base this, on being among the first people online (as well as UZJ100GXR) to say a new LX is due in 2019 as a 2020 model and saw them echo that quickly, without solid proof back in 2015)

(Also, the minute I mentioned the 300B GS last year, they ran with the story on their "projections" and no one else said anything similar online.)

A lot of sites' redesign "estimates" are becoming very unreliable. No new 4Runner nor GX like they all tried to claim for MY 2019.
While everything you said are all well and true, and very much correct, once I saw "that", I couldn't help but reply. @Carmaker1, is there ANYTHING about the development for the 5GS? I am so sick of hearing nothing. :mad: Give us some good news, this whole forum is dying for another GS. If it isn't happening, just tell it to us straight so we don't have to wait anymore. I kindly ask.:)
 
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For what it's worth, my son-in-law's daily driver is one of those rare 3-row 3rd-gen RAV4s.

And, sadly, the U.S. market is just not into compact (C-segment) SUVs and mini-minivans with 3rd-row seats. A 3rd-row option will soon be available for the current (5th-gen) Honda CR-V in Europe. No word from Honda U.S.A. on whether or not it'll be available there, but most rumors suggest it won't be. And, for 2018, Nissan U.S.A. quietly dropped the 3rd-row option from the current Rogue (X-Trail in other markets). That leaves the Mitsubishi Outlander and Volkswagen's LWB 2nd-gen Tiguan as the U.S. market's sole 3-row entries in the segment.
Different priorities for different markets. Since the take rate for the Gen 3 Rav4 with the 3rd row was so low in North America, I doubt we'll ever see it return. Of course, if the Rav4 keeps growing in size, we may eventually see it return.

The funny thing about this "concept", was that I knew it was plainly based on the production RAV4 (under 320B programme) and that design was finalized back in Q3 of 2016, for projected Job 1 date of November 1, 2018. I had to just roll my eyes recently, where someone (arrogant critic of Toyotas) claimed (about silhouette photo), "They went from concept to production quick.": unamused:

Unlike the FT-1, Toyota already was engineering the 320B for production all of last year (plus 2016) and branched out to develop this concept, as a teaser. The FT-1 debuted 1 year before internal design freeze of the 2020 Supra and just 7-8 months before A90 concept approval for production styling.

The FT-1 was truly a design study (not already set), while the FT-AC was merely a butched-up 2019 RAV4. Something I had said from the beginning (in November) elsewhere, but some folks part of the Detroit industry (close to Toyota Technical Center Ann Arbor) commented and preferred to condescendingly obscure that reality (to others) and claim "it had a "similar" design language to the next RAV4 and other Toyotas". Irrelevant, when it plainly was the 2019 RAV4 in disguise and just muddled things for the less aware.

I gripe about this, in preferring the obvious hidden truth, to stay as obvious as possible, keeping everyone on the same page, and not out of the loop on future products. It is better to look at most concepts at this level of execution (FT-AC), as a preview for an upcoming production model and realistically not expect any last minute changes from the manufacturer, because of some cooler looking show model. Said this about LF-NX too.

Much of the styling for current RAV4 was fully ironed out in 2010 ('16 refresh in 2014) and in early 2016 for the 2019 model. Yet some people (elsewhere) are already accusing Toyota of "dumbing-down" the FT-AC, not realizing how stupid they sound in their accusations. Common sense shows, that Toyota could not give away the RAV4 or any future offroad-focused variants of it too early, so it made more sense to preview it with a concept based on what they are engineering for the assembly line quietly.

I just do not think it is fair to make such critiques/demands over "concepts", based on obtuse ignorance. Anyone hoping the RAV4 needs to "stay true to the concept" at this point, is plain lost and should remember, that Toyota likes spending time on new model projects and committing to the body shape early enough, to engineer it well.

I mention this, because the likes of glorified blogs, C&D, Jalopnik, Youtubers, Demuro, and the like upon reveal this week, will give lazily summarized commentary, parroting nonsense like "Toyota didn't translate the FT-AC to RAV4 100%/watered it down"), as if it is a fact and then itmgets swallowed up by the masses.

I prefer that it is widely understood, not all concepts are created equally, so that people can adjust the expectations accordingly and be realistic. Not directed towards you Gecko nor any regulars here, just a bit of a diatribe at rinse-repeat complaints outside LE.

I had previously mentioned on this forum, when the Highlander gets redesigned in an old thread.

Likely late January or February 2020, based on internal November 25, 2019 Job 1 date from 440X programme.

Those dates I gave are definitely official (given by Toyota to suppliers/affiliates), yet tentative of course, and no one knows if they will remain, until production scheduling is completed next year. As is the case with any automobile's production scheduling. (not me making things up; not saying to you necessarily, but skeptics who attack any deviations)

Two different sources on the NX have me very confused though. One source gives a Job 1 date of September 2019 at TMMC in Canada. Another, gives a date of July 2020. Doesn't say whether it based on Job 1 or sales launch. Both programme codes match though, showing 600X.

Although it was unveiled at NYIAS 2013, it actually didn't go on sale until January 2014 and barely started production on December 5, 2013. I think the 440A programme was still in development when they unveiled the 2014 Highlander, ending dev. that summer of 2013. The new 440X might echo a similar timeline, entering production 11/25/2019 and then launching in January 2020.

Unrelated: (For some reason, just-auto.com and Automotive News might be using me as a source in some aspects on dates via this site, which is annoying, as I only know so much with certain models in the industry and things can change, depending on the mood of senior company personnel or supplier/MF constraints. I base this, on being among the first people online (as well as UZJ100GXR) to say a new LX is due in 2019 as a 2020 model and saw them echo that quickly, without solid proof back in 2015)

(Also, the minute I mentioned the 300B GS last year, they ran with the story on their "projections" and no one else said anything similar online.)

A lot of sites' redesign "estimates" are becoming very unreliable. No new 4Runner nor GX like they all tried to claim for MY 2019.
As we well both know sadly, most of the automotive media is what it is. For future product, I almost never rely on traditional auto media anymore for any future rumors or speculation. I will only occasionally read some traditional auto outlets for official press releases sent out by automakers, and to occasionally view pictures of new vehicles. That and a small handful of industry outlets (which are the exception) that come out with fact-based articles that have genuinely meaningful information.
 

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Spot on with that earlier render:

 
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I can't believe the current one has been out 5 years already. Still seems fresh.
Personally, I thought it was long in the tooth before its refresh in 2016...but the market was ripe these past few years, it probably wouldn't have mattered because buyers want them.
 
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And its here:

http://toyotanews.pressroom.toyota.com/releases/all+new+2019+toyota+rav4+serves+breakthrough+debut+nyias.htm
All-New 2019 Toyota RAV4 Serves Up a Breakthrough Debut at New York International Auto Show
  • All-New Robust Design and Unparalleled Driving Experience
  • 2.5L Inline-4 and Toyota Hybrid System Powertrains Offering More Power and MPG
  • TNGA K Platform with Multi-Link Rear Suspension
  • Standard Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 (TSS 2.0)
  • Debut of All-New Sporty Hybrid Grade, XSE Hybrid
  • Standard Entune 3.0 with Wi-Fi Connect powered by Verizon, Amazon Alexa, and Apple CarPlay Compatibility
  • True Off-Road Capabilities with Available Multi-Terrain Select and an Available Toyota-First, Dynamic Torque Vectoring All-Wheel Drive with Rear Driveline Disconnect
NEW YORK, March 28, 2018 – All the stops have been pulled for the world debut of the all-new 2019 Toyota RAV4. The vehicle that created the small sport utility vehicle (SUV) segment makes its fifth-generation debut at the New York International Auto Show.

Over the years, Toyota has listened to owners and dealers and it has paid off. Over the last five years, RAV4 volume has doubled, which speaks profoundly to the segment’s attractiveness and growth, and ultimately, RAV4’s popularity. RAV4 currently ranks as the number-one-selling vehicle in the Toyota lineup, as well as the best-selling non-pickup-truck in the country.

No matter the grade, every RAV4 is a winning choice, whether it’s for a city exploration, a weekend trip to the countryside, or a jaunt on the trails. When it becomes available in the winter at the end of 2018 (with hybrid models right behind in early 2019), we predict that the all-new RAV4 will premiere, yet again, at the forefront—both for the Toyota brand and the segment.

Get Up and Go!

For the all-new RAV4, designers kept in mind design elements of Adventure and Refined to allow owners to get up and go in their RAV4, no matter the time or place. An emphasis was placed on maximizing the presence of a small SUV while maintaining high levels of finesse inside and out.

Each body panel has a sophisticated twist to it, with a chiseled appearance that is a perfect combination of athleticism and charisma. The stronger nose leads into a more dynamic profile, robust shoulders, and available 19-inch wheels, making for a powerful stance ready to tackle any road, any time.

The implementation of the TNGA platform allows RAV4 to adopt the charisma of a bolder and tougher SUV, but in a package that is lower and wider. The longer wheelbase and wider front and rear tracks provide a stable, confident driving platform. For off-road prowess, the shorter front and rear overhangs will aid in RAV4’s ability to overcome rugged terrain.

The unibody chassis is 57 percent more rigid than the outgoing version. RAV4 incorporates an optimally tuned multi-link rear suspension, providing ideal damping for handling, minimum interior cabin noise, and the utmost ride comfort. Ground clearance has been increased by more than half an inch, yet RAV4 is able to achieve improved aerodynamics.

The relocated side mirrors are now positioned lower on the door for increased forward visibility around the A-pillar. Side visibility is increased thanks to a lowered beltline and the redesigned and enlarged rear-quarter glass assists with rear-diagonal visibility.

2019 RAV4 LIMITED PRELIMINARY EXTERIOR DIMENSIONS (vs. 2018) [difference]
Wheelbase 105.9 in. (104.7 in.) [+1.2 in.]
Overall Length 180.9 in. (181.1 in.) [-0.2 in.]
Overall Width 73 in. (72.6 in.) [+0.4 in.]
Overall Height 66.9 in. (67.1 in. *with roof rail) [-0.2 in.]

Unparalleled Driving Experience with More Power, MPG and Capabilities

Engineers worked for about four years to fine-tune every aspect of RAV4’s performance, handling stability and ride comfort. The end goal was simple: engineer a driving experience that is Confident and Natural.

This unmatched performance was realized thanks to a group of takumi—highly-trained master craftsmen—who strived to develop a vehicle that acts and reacts as the driver intends, even in extreme weather and road conditions. Including the takumi in the development process was just another layer of enhancement to the overall design approach led by the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) philosophy. These master craftsmen focused on working together to improve vehicle performance at various stages of the development process to deliver an ever-better RAV4.

The power source for RAV4’s driving abilities comes from one of two powertrains:
  • Dynamic Force 2.5-liter inline-four-cylinder engine with VVT-iE mated to an 8-speed Direct-Shift Automatic Transmission, which motivates the five gas models
  • Dynamic Force 2.5-liter inline-four-cylinder Toyota Hybrid System II (THS II) engine with Electronically-Controlled Continuously-Variable Transmission (ECVT), which activates the four hybrid models
The takumi were precise with the development of RAV4’s structure and configuration to achieve an increase in performance as a whole. The engine utilizes high-speed combustion technology and a variable control system for greater thermal efficiency output, which reduces energy losses associated with exhaust and cooling systems and the movement of mechanical parts, among other factors. With a 40-percent thermal efficiency (41 percent for hybrids), the 2.5-liter 4-cylinder Dynamic Force Engine is the ideal powerplant for the all-new RAV4 to meet the demand of providing a highly responsive, yet fuel efficient driving experience. The Direct Shift-8AT transmission provides direct lock-up from gears two through eight to eliminate power loss from the torque converter, executing ideal smooth shifts.

The Toyota-first, Dynamic Torque Vectoring All-Wheel Drive with Rear Driveline Disconnect, is nothing short of impressive, and enables drivers to steer the vehicle as intended, even atop the toughest of roads.

Standard on AWD-equipped Limited gas and Adventure grade models, Dynamic Torque Vectoring All-Wheel Drive with Rear Driveline Disconnect can send 50 percent of engine torque to the rear wheels, plus distribute it to the left or right rear wheel for improved handling. When AWD isn’t required (on long stretches of highway, for example), RAV4 can achieve better fuel economy thanks to the Rear Driveline Disconnect system. The disconnection features the world’s first ratchet-type dog clutches on both the front and rear wheel shafts. These clutches stop the driveshaft’s rotations, thus transmitting the driving force to the front wheels when AWD isn’t required, significantly reducing energy loss, improving fuel efficiency, and reducing rotational vibration making for a smoother ride.

This all-new AWD system is one of three available on the all-new RAV4; it joins the AWD-i system available on hybrid grades and the (non-Dynamic Torque Vectoring) AWD system available on core gas grades.

When paired with the new All-Wheel Drive with Intelligence (AWD-i), RAV4 Hybrid increases the total torque to the rear wheels—which is electronically driven—by 30 percent compared to the current generation AWD-i system. By adopting a new control system that optimally distributes torque to the rear wheels based on the driving conditions, the new AWD-i system offers high off-road performance, handling, and ability.

RAV4’s unparalleled driving experience is just one of the ways the all-new RAV4 exceeds expectations for owners, the segment, and the industry.

XSE Hybrid: The Sportiest RAV4

For those who prefer sportier driving dynamics, XSE Hybrid stays ready with the perfect conflation of sport and utility. XSE is an all-new addition to RAV4’s Hybrid family.

The piano-black accents across the front end, mirror caps, fender arches, and lower rockers set the stage for XSE Hybrid’s sporty appeal. Unique to RAV4 Hybrids, projector-beam LED headlamps flank each side of the grille (on XLE and above) for a brighter, sharper, and ideally angled light source.

Standard on all RAV4 Hybrid models, the Toyota Hybrid System II (THS II) works in sync with the 2.5-liter 4-cylinder Dynamic Force Engine for an impressive balance of energy efficiency and supreme power output. Performance-wise, XSE Hybrid is truly the “no compromise” grade thanks to its enhanced power and acceleration. When paired with its sport-tuned suspension having tauter shock absorbers and springs, RAV4 XSE Hybrid takes the throne as the quickest—and best-handling—RAV4 in the lineup.

While driving thrills behind XSE Hybrid’s steering wheel are standard, that’s not all guests get: In any RAV4 Hybrid, drivers can look forward to anticipated class-leading fuel efficiency and increases in horsepower and acceleration, respectively.

On- and Off-Road Fun

For explorers looking to satisfy their outdoorsy cravings, RAV4 Adventure has the capabilities for all types of off-road fun.

RAV4 Adventure is distinguishable among the other grades with its standard high-rise roof rails and large over-fenders. Inspired by Toyota’s off-road vehicle heritage, RAV4 Adventure grade has a more rugged exterior, thanks in part to its more aggressive grille, fog light surrounds, and unique wheel design. It answers the call designers had of Robust with its stout stance, standard Dynamic Torque Vectoring All-Wheel Drive with Rear Driveline Disconnect, and a reliable and tough functionality that’s apt for any road.

The fun ratchets up once pavement blends into dirt thanks to Multi-Terrain Select. Standard on all AWD-equipped gas RAV4 models, Multi-Terrain Select gives drivers the ability to maximize traction when driving through snow, mud, sand, or rocks. The system is easy to use thanks to a control dial (or buttons) positioned in the center console to the left of the shift knob.

Two-Tone Magnetism

RAV4 XSE Hybrid’s striking personality screams sporty, thanks to its standard two-tone exterior paint scheme. The black roof is paired with either Blizzard Pearl, Silver Sky Metallic, Magnetic Gray Metallic, or Blueprint (a new color to the palette). RAV4 XSE Hybrid’s exclusive interior comes mono-spec with black Softex material and blue accents throughout.

RAV4 Adventure grade can be had with an Ice Edge-colored roof that is paired with one of three exterior colors: Midnight Black Metallic or Blue Flame, both of which are new for RAV4; or Lunar Rock, an all-new color to the Toyota lineup that makes its first mission on RAV4. Inside, interior seat finishes come in either black or a grade-exclusive, Mocha-colored Softex, with the latter being a brand-new interior finish in the Toyota lineup. Orange stitching accents the interior with additional orange appointments placed throughout the dashboard.

RAV4 keeps admirers star-struck even when its fitted with additional full-body color options like Super White and Ruby Flare Pearl.

Premium Limited Style

Blissful weekend retreats are the ideal destination when behind the wheel of RAV4 Limited. As the top grade, drivers and passengers will enjoy amenities and features befitting its premium style. At first glance, RAV4 Limited’s 19-inch alloy wheels and chrome accents set it apart from the other grades. Once inside though, Limited’s essence truly takes the stage.

Standard features include a front-row moonroof and 8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with memory and 2-way lumbar support. Tech-wise, RAV4 Limited comes standard with a newly-designed 7-inch Multi-Information Display (MID) and, for the first time in a Toyota vehicle in North America, a Digital Display Rearview Mirror. By default, the display is a conventional rearview mirror but with the flip of a switch, drivers have an increased field of vision coming through the rearview mirror, displaying what is behind the vehicle thanks to a high-mounted, adjustable wide-angle, high-definition camera affixed on the rear of vehicle.

Optional content that enhances the ambiance includes ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, and a panoramic moonroof. When the weekend’s gear fills both hands, the available hands-free power liftgate helps considerably by opening with a wave of the foot below the rear bumper.

Elevated Cabin Atmospheres

Designers applied the theme of Refined to every detail of the interior cabin, resulting in an impressive arrangement that suits a wide variety of driving experiences and preferences. The interior atmosphere represents an elevated sophistication with a premium, modern design and uncomplicated layout.

Between front passengers sits a center console having a repositioned standard Electronic Parking Brake (EPB) for easier accessibility. Ergonomics have been further enhanced by an increase in the console’s volume, side-by-side cup holders, and an open tray capable of holding small items, with optional Qi wireless charger. The in-dash tray within arm’s reach of front passengers will see its share of electronics, sunglasses, and travel must-haves. A standard smooth boot adorns the top of the shifter, and the HVAC knobs in the center panel are redesigned for improved tactility.

Rear seat passengers will appreciate the spacious back cabin thanks to an increase in left and right couple distance, as well as legroom. The rear cargo area adopts a reversible liner as well as side nets for storing small items and the 60/40 folding rear seats are ready to accommodate essentials like surf boards, suitcases, or camping gear.

Advanced Media with Precise Harmony

Every RAV4 is equipped with Entune 3.0 multimedia including Wi-Fi Connect powered by Verizon, hands-free access to Amazon Alexa, and Apple CarPlay compatibility.

The standard Entune 3.0 audio system houses a 7-inch touchscreen that is perched atop the center stack. Entune 3.0 Audio Plus adds an eight-inch touchscreen and Sirius XM Radio. Entune 3.0 Premium Audio enhances the multimedia system with embedded dynamic navigation to help drivers chart their course.

Enhancing onboard multimedia features, RAV4 can be had with up to five USB ports between the front and rear rows and an optional Qi wireless charging tray positioned at the front of the center console.

RAV4’s multimedia setup is complemented by an all-new available JBL audio system. The next-generation premium audio setup incorporates an enhanced system architecture, new speaker design, and an improved tuning process. The result is an all-access pass to the most intimate music concert, all from inside a RAV4.

The available JBL audio system provides harmonious audio via 11 speakers across 8 channels at 800 watts:
  • Two Horn Tweeters
    • Located in the A-pillar for optimal high-frequency performance
  • HiD8 Amplifier
    • Next-generation amplifier powering the 800 watts
  • Two Wide Dispersion Instrument Panel Speakers
    • Providing greater sound and alert functionality
  • Two Wide Dispersion Front Door Speakers
    • Enhanced sound quality for front passengers
  • Ported Subwoofer with Enclosure
    • More powerful deep-bass response tucked away in the rear quarter
  • Two Full Range Rear Door Speakers
    • Enhanced sound quality for rear passengers
  • Clari-Fi Technology
    • Intelligently adjusts to every audio format to match source quality with the precise level of audio restoration necessary

Next Generation of Toyota Safety Sense (TSS)

Toyota continues to lead the pack when it comes to safety, and the all-new RAV4 provides drivers and passengers with standard safety technologies that help move Toyota one step closer to achieving the ultimate goal of zero casualties from traffic accidents.

RAV4 comes standard with TSS 2.0, the second generation of Toyota Safety Sense (TSS). The updated safety package adds new active-safety technologies and capabilities that enhance protection.

Breakdowns of each technology are as follows:

  • Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection (PCS w/PD):
    • Capability to detect a preceding vehicle or pedestrian in daytime or with better low-light recognition capabilities, or daytime bicyclist (new), and alert the driver (audible and visual warnings) and/or apply brakes to help mitigate or avoid the collision in certain cases (using Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Brake Assist (BA), and Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB)).
  • Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC):
    • For highways/freeways only – an adaptive cruise control that functions at speeds between 0 to 110 mph and enables low-speed speed matching, stopping, and acceleration/deceleration relative to a preceding vehicle traveling at a slower speed. Speed, cut-in, and distance control enhanced, as well as Turn Signal Linked control added, for a more natural response.
  • Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist (LDA w/SA):
    • Newly added to LDA w/SA is the capability, under some circumstances, to detect the road’s edge, in addition to the pre-existing capability to detect visible lane markers and the vehicle’s position in the lane. If unintentional lane deviation is detected, the system alerts the driver with audible and visual warnings. Steering Assist can provide small corrective steering inputs to help the driver prevent the vehicle from unintentionally leaving its lane.
  • Automatic High Beam (AHB):
    • Capability to automatically activate and deactivate high beams based on driving environment and preceding vehicle’s lights.
  • (NEW) Lane Tracing Assist (LTA):
    • For highways/freeways only and can be enabled when using DRCC – Capability to recognize white or yellow lane markings or the path of a preceding vehicle if lane markers are temporarily unavailable; to identify and actively track the center of the lane by providing steering assistance to the driver (hands-on, driver-assist system). Reduces driver burden and supports safe driving, especially in traffic congestion or long highway trips. The LTA system can be turned on/off.
  • (NEW) Road Sign Assist (RSA):
    • Capability to identify certain Stop, Yield, Do Not Enter and Speed Limit signs and display a warning (visual and audible alerts). Alerts vary based on sign type and are displayed on the Multi-Information Display.
Eight airbags come standard on the 2019 RAV4, and so does Toyota’s Star Safety System, which includes Enhanced Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Traction Control (TRAC), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), and Smart Stop Technology (SST). Available safety technologies include Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) with Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA), Bird’s Eye View Camera, Intelligent Clearance Sonar (ICS), and Rear Cross Traffic Braking (RCTB) system. RAV4 comes equipped with a standard backup camera and standard Electronic Parking Brake (EPB).





















 

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With well executed products like this, it is why I have been desperate to see what Toyota is capable of with next generation body-on-frame products. To a degree, they are cream of the crop and Toyota knows it and the costs associated with making the Tundra, 4Runner, Land Cruiser ranges, LX, and GX the best of what they can do.

Just hate having to wait, as I am not getting any younger.

Very well done. I just hope my estimated Job 1 date of November 1st, doesn't get pushed further out. Will this arrive in December then?

I wouldn't go that far but i do agree that the outgoing RAV4 is the rare Toyota and Lexus vehicle whose looks notably improved after its mid-life refresh.
The updated RAV4 (forgot project code for refresh) also had a slightly longer life-cycle (November 2015 to December 2018?) vs the original (January 2013 to October 2015), which is rare as well.
 

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A most excellent debut!

At first glance, after going through the press release, I have very few issues with this Rav4.

- The interior multimedia screen design I am not a fan of, but otherwise the interior looks to be of excellent quality.
- An increased ground clearance, increased wheelbase, slightly shorter height and shorter front and rear overhangs (leading to improved approach and departure angles) and a wider track. All much appreciated improvements
- Three different AWD systems, depending on the trim and grade you are getting.
- The all-new torque vectoring AWD system available on certain grades
- Multi-Terrain Select Available on certain grades
- TSS 2.0 standard
- Some fairly high-end features optionally available, like the Digital Display Rearview Mirror, JBL 11 speaker 800W system, and power liftgate. Also great to see ventilated seats available.
- Ride comfort is said to be improved, one weak spot of the current 4th gen Rav4.

I never imagined that the Rav4 would one day get a torque vectoring AWD system *and* a Multi-Terrain Select system. For a crossover, this should make the Rav4 quite versatile off-road now. This also easily puts the Rav4 far, far above the capabilities of its direct competitor, the CR-V.

I'm not even in the market for a small CUV, but I would actually be interested in a Rav 4 Adventure, due to the unique exterior styling, the torque vectoring AWD, and the Multi-Terrain Select. The exterior of the other grades looks okay, but the Adventure grade exterior I find most appealing.

If Toyota keeps pricing in line, this is going to be such a huge seller, even more so than the current Rav4.

This first implementation of TNGA for one of Toyota's mainstream CUVs, trucks, or SUVs gives us a lot of great attributes to ponder over.
 

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Personally, I thought it was long in the tooth before its refresh in 2016...but the market was ripe these past few years, it probably wouldn't have mattered because buyers want them.
In thought, most of the aesthetics of the pre-facelift were 2009-10 in execution and not really looking to move forward much. This is the opposite.

Good work posting this from Best Car (?). We didn't know that apparently this was for a different trim level, as seen with the XSE. Toyota does "flash" to select journalists/artists a prototype of an upcoming model in brief instances (in seconds) and then leaves them to make their own impressions via renderings, in confidence that they won't remember all the details.

German automakers do this with the whole design process (prior to final selection of design choices), which explains why various renderings that don't look like the final product, but more like alternate design proposals. Some of the artists are clever enough to figure out which design sketch/mock-up won final approval and then go from there mysteriously. I can already see that, some of the early LS 500 renderings from Japan were based on alternate styling proposals likely shown to the artists' responsible.
 

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With well executed products like this, it is why I have been desperate to see what Toyota is capable of with next generation body-on-frame products. To a degree, they are cream of the crop and Toyota knows it and the costs associated with making the Tundra, 4Runner, Land Cruiser ranges, LX, and GX the best of what they can do.

Just hate having to wait, as I am not getting any younger.

Very well done. I just hope my estimated Job 1 date of November 1st, doesn't get pushed further out. Will this arrive in December then?
Spot on, and with the mostly consistent trend now of well executed new TNGA products, I have only ever-increasing expectations for the next generation body-on-frame products. When you will now be able to get a fancy AWD system and Multi-Terrain Select even on a Rav4, the Land Cruiser 300 and other next generation body-on-frame products will have to be really special.
 
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Fantastic job Toyota! I like the tougher styling . The interior got a upgrade. Hopefully, Toyota comes out with a stronger optional engine like a turbo four with 250+ HP in the future to fully cover power levels of the competition. Options are good.
 

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Roller tests at NYIAS please? Show us what the Dynamic Torque Vectoring AWD is made of!
 
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