Toyota Reinvents 2019 RAV4, Shows the Fifth Generation in NY


The 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback has just bowed at the New York Auto Show, and it's been quite a journey to get here.

A 2.5-litre hybrid model has been announced too and, while no figures have been revealed, it'll be able to beat the current RAV4 hybrid for both power and mpg.

Though Toyota drops the Platinum trim from the lineup, the 2019 RAV4 is still stylish and forward-thinking in its latest redesign. There's the standard 2.5L four-cylinder that's mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission or if you want something a more fuel efficient you can get the RAV4 Hybrid with the same 2.5L four-cylinder that's mated to an electric motor and CVT. Again, Toyota is mum on powertrain details, but the automaker did say that a continuously variable transmission will be standard and that the hybrid will be the highest-performance RAV4 variant. The latter features the ability to send up to 50 percent of the engine's power to the SUV's rear wheels, and it can also divvy up power between the left- and right-side tires to improve cornering.

The new-generation Toyota RAV4 built on the company's "Toyota New Global Architecture" a.k.a. TNGA platform, which now underpins the new Camry, Prius, C-HR, and the recently unveiled Corolla hatchback. Overall, the new Corolla Hatchback has been given a good dose of added character.

Designers kept in mind design elements of "Adventure" and "Refined".

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Toyota Canada spokeswoman Melanie Testani said the automaker has not yet been confirmed which Ontario plant will eventually build the hybrid RAV4.

In fact, the length of the RAV4 is 4595mm (-10mm), while the width is 1855mm (+10mm), and the height is 1700mm (-10mm). The Adventure has high-mounted roof rails for outdoor adventures. The front end packs angular LED headlights, squared-off octagon wheel arches, and new grilles and at back there's LED taillamps, dual exhaust, and a spoiler. The TSS safety suite comprise of various front sensors, cameras and radar to offer features like Pre-Collision System, dynamic radar cruise control, lane departure alert and lane tracing assist.

According to Toyota Australia vice-president for sales and marketing, Sean Hanley, the addition of the hybrid RAV4 is an important move for the brand - it's the first hybrid SUV it has offered in Australia.

There's also the RAV4 Limited, meant to appeal to those who enjoy creature comforts.

The 2019 Corolla Hatchback will compete against today's surprisingly strong and varied crop of liftback rivals, including the Chevrolet Cruze, Hyundai Elantra GT, Mazda3, Volkswagen Golf, and of course, the Honda Civic.