2019 Toyota RAV4 (5th Generation)

Ancalagon

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I just don't know why you would release a car with a 2.5l normally aspirated engine in 2019. Even if it is a hybrid.
 

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New Toyota RAV4: 5 Things to Look Forward To

There’s an all-new Toyota RAV4 on its way to SA in the first quarter of 2019! Here are 5 things to know about the new RAV4...
The RAV4 is a popular choice in the family car segment and has racked up cumulative global sales of more than 8.1-million units. The RAV4 celebrates its 25th birthday in 2019 and with the imminent arrival of the 5th-generation model, Toyota will look to build on the success of its predecessor.

Here are 5 things you need to know about the new Toyota RAV4...

1. Looks Better Than Ever

While opinions regarding the new design of the RAV4 may be divided, we think it looks better and more purposeful than the current model. Much of the change is seen at its front-end which is far more beefier, muscular and edgier than before with a larger grille taking pride of place. The RAV4's squared off wheel arches with cladding give it a rugged look while slim and angular rear-end gives the new model some added road presence. This latest RAV4 is bound to sell well in the crossover/SUV-obsessed SA market when it arrives early next year...

2. New Engines

The new RAV4 will be powered by new engines including a 4-cylinder, 2.0-litre petrol engine driving the front wheels with 127 kW and 203 Nm of torque and mated to either a CVT or 6-speed manual transmission with rev-matching technology.

A more powerful 2.5-litre petrol engine will power the all-wheel-drive version with 152 kW and 243 Nm of torque and will be mated to a new 8-speed automatic transmission. A hybrid RAV4 is offered in other markets but is not likely to make it to South Africa.

3. Enhanced performance

Toyota’s mechanical all-wheel-drive system has been updated and now features dynamic torque vectoring that can apportion torque to the rear left and right wheel as well as between the front and rear axle. The latest system is said to provide stable performance and accurate response while cornering in dry and wet conditions. Up to 50% of torque can be sent to the rear wheels and independent couplings can further distribute torque between the 2 rear wheels.

More than this, the new RAV4 will also feature AWD Integrated Management (AIM) which will automatically adjust systems such as the steering assist, brake and throttle control, shift pattern and torque distribution based on the drive mode, including Normal, Eco and Sport. A multi-terrain switch will also allow the driver to select modes for mud and sand or rock and dirt.

4. More space and comfort

Built on same TNGA platform that underpins the C-HR, Prius and forthcoming Corolla hatchback, the new RAV has a longer wheelbase and stands wider and lower than the current model which will translate into more space for space for passengers, particularly those seated in the rear. Furthermore, it rides on a unibody chassis which is some 57% stiffer than before and makes use of a multi-link rear suspension for optimum handling and ride comfort while reducing noise entering the cabin. The rear seats are split in a 60:40 configuration for added flexibility.

5. Enhanced interior

While South African specification has yet to be confirmed, the interior of the new RAV4 has been simplified and you can expect a 7-inch or optional 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system to be offered. The RAV4 can be equipped with up to 5 USB ports as well as a wireless charging tray for rapid smartphone charging. The new RAV4 is also equipped with an all-new 800 W JBL audio system with 11 speakers.

https://www.cars.co.za/motoring_news/new-toyota-rav4-5-things-to-look-forward-to/45806/
 

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Looks good, no diesel tho.
Toyota effectively “pulled out” of diesel for its SUVs & passenger cars.

They are betting big on hybrid technology like they always have but even more so now.
 

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Toyota's new RAV4 - in South Africa soon

Toyota has confirmed that its all-new RAV4 will be launched in South Africa in Q1 2019.

The new RAV4 boasts two advanced all-wheel-drive (AWD) systems; the mechanical AWD system has been updated with Toyota’s first dynamic torque vectoring system that apportions torque between the left and right rear wheels as well as between the front and rear axles.

The fifth-generation RAV4 will be sold with all new four-cylinder direct-injection engines (2.0-litre petrol with front-wheel-drive and 2.5-litre petrol with mechanical AWD).

A Hybrid model will also be offered in overseas markets in both FWD and newly-developed Electric AWD configurations.

Buyers choosing the non-hybrid version of this new 2.5-litre engine will have 152kW and 243Nm on tap - a substantial 15% improvement in power.

The premium RAV4 models will be mated to a new eight-speed automatic transmission, including a lower first gear for enhanced performance and a much wider gear ratio spread than the six-speed automatic it replaces.

The RAV4 can also be equipped with a new 2.0-litre engine that makes 127kW with a peak torque figure of 203Nm. It will come with the choice of a CVT or a six-speed manual gearbox that provides rev-matching control for smoother and more responsive gear shifts. The CVT features an innovative launch gear for sporty driving with impressive fuel efficiency, too.

The mechanical all-wheel drive system for the new RAV4 2.5-litre petrol engine model with 8-speed auto that features Toyota’s first dynamic torque vectoring system is said to ensure stable performance and accurate response to the driver’s steering inputs when cornering, both in dry and wet conditions.

As well as providing up to 50% of the available torque to the rear wheels, the new system introduces independent couplings on the vehicle’s rear axle output shafts to control torque distribution between the left and right wheels.

When AWD is not required, such as during constant-speed driving, a ‘disconnect’ feature stops rotation of the driveline to contribute to lower fuel consumption.

Performance of the new RAV4’s two AWD systems is further improved with the introduction of AWD Integrated Management (AIM). AIM automatically adjusts vital vehicle systems - steering assist, brake and throttle control, shift pattern and drive torque distribution - according to the drive mode selected.

The driver can switch from Normal to Eco or Sport mode. In Eco mode, AIM decreases drive torque to enhance fuel efficiency. In Sport mode, it modifies the steering assist, throttle control shift schedule and drive torque distribution to gain better on-road performance.

SA-bound RAV4 specifications (and prices) will be confirmed early in 2019.

https://www.iol.co.za/motoring/latest-launches/toyotas-new-rav4-in-south-africa-soon-18126125
 

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Toyota RAV4 XSE Hybrid 2018 review

Should I buy one?

All of which adds up to a RAV4 of considerably more substance than the outgoing model.

It’s more robust, promises more off-road capability, has a chassis agile enough to satisfy and its design, particularly inside, is interesting enough to divert and be convenient with it.

You wouldn’t call it pretty, but this new RAV4 hybrid is a pretty good SUV. It’s more athletic, efficient and aesthetically appealing, and makes quite a compelling case for itself.

Toyota RAV4 XSE Hybrid specification

Where California, USA Price tbc On sale early 2019 Engine 2487cc, 4-cylinder petrol plus two electric motors Power 216bhp at 6000rpm Torque 163lb ft at 4400rpm Gearbox CVT automatic Kerb weight 1645kg Top speed 112mph 0-62mph 8.1sec Fuel economy 61.4mpg (NEDC) CO2 105g/km Rivals Nissan X-Trail, Seat Ateca

https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-review/toyota/rav4/first-drives/toyota-rav4-xse-hybrid-2018-review

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New Toyota RAV4: 5 Things to Look Forward To

An all-new Toyota RAV4 is due to arrive in South Africa in March 2019 and we will be driving the new RAV4 in Spain next week. Here are 5 things to know about the new RAV4...

The RAV4 is a popular choice in the family car segment and has racked up cumulative global sales of more than 8.1-million units. The RAV4 celebrates its 25th birthday in 2019 and with the imminent arrival of the 5th-generation model, Toyota will look to build on the success of its predecessor.

Here are 5 things you need to know about the new Toyota RAV4...

1. Looks Better Than Ever

While opinions regarding the new design of the RAV4 may be divided, we think it looks better and more purposeful than the current model. Much of the change is seen at its front-end which is far more beefier, muscular and edgier than before with a larger grille taking pride of place. The RAV4's squared off wheel arches with cladding give it a rugged look while slim and angular rear-end gives the new model some added road presence. This latest RAV4 is bound to sell well in the crossover/SUV-obsessed SA market when it arrives early next year...

2. New Engines

The new RAV4 will be powered by new engines including a 4-cylinder, 2.0-litre petrol engine driving the front wheels with 127 kW and 203 Nm of torque and mated to either a CVT or 6-speed manual transmission with rev-matching technology.

A more powerful 2.5-litre petrol engine will power the all-wheel-drive version with 152 kW and 243 Nm of torque and will be mated to a new 8-speed automatic transmission. A hybrid RAV4 is offered in other markets but is not likely to make it to South Africa.

3. Enhanced performance

Toyota’s mechanical all-wheel-drive system has been updated and now features dynamic torque vectoring that can apportion torque to the rear left and right wheel as well as between the front and rear axle. The latest system is said to provide stable performance and accurate response while cornering in dry and wet conditions. Up to 50% of torque can be sent to the rear wheels and independent couplings can further distribute torque between the 2 rear wheels.

More than this, the new RAV4 will also feature AWD Integrated Management (AIM) which will automatically adjust systems such as the steering assist, brake and throttle control, shift pattern and torque distribution based on the drive mode, including Normal, Eco and Sport. A multi-terrain switch will also allow the driver to select modes for mud and sand or rock and dirt.

4. More space and comfort

Built on same TNGA platform that underpins the C-HR, Prius and forthcoming Corolla hatchback, the new RAV has a longer wheelbase and stands wider and lower than the current model which will translate into more space for space for passengers, particularly those seated in the rear. Furthermore, it rides on a unibody chassis which is some 57% stiffer than before and makes use of a multi-link rear suspension for optimum handling and ride comfort while reducing noise entering the cabin. The rear seats are split in a 60:40 configuration for added flexibility.

5. Enhanced interior

While South African specification has yet to be confirmed, the interior of the new RAV4 has been simplified and you can expect a 7-inch or optional 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system to be offered. The RAV4 can be equipped with up to 5 USB ports as well as a wireless charging tray for rapid smartphone charging. The new RAV4 is also equipped with an all-new 800 W JBL audio system with 11 speakers.

https://www.cars.co.za/motoring_news/new-toyota-rav4-5-things-to-look-forward-to/45806/
 

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Really hope Toyota SA will this time around include some advanced safety systems for local release. Frustrating when other markets are getting things like adaptive cruise control, auto-braking and lane-assist while SA gets a watered-down poverty pack...

At least w're getting the 2.5l engine option. Don't understand why Subaru only launched the 2.0l Forester in SA...

Seems Andoid Auto might be on the cards as well - wonder if it will be available as a retrofit for early 2019 models.
 

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Do u guys suggest waiting for the new Rav4 or purchase the current 1 at special prices?
 

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Toyota RAV4 Hybrid [EU]

In 1994, Toyota's launch of the original RAV4 introduced a new kind of car to the world, one that combined the go-anywhere performance and rugged stance of an SUV with compact dimensions and handling more akin to a hatchback.

The same pioneering spirit is witnessed in the all-new fifth generation Toyota RAV4, a model which brings a new era of improved performance, capability and safety. These advances that are underpinned by the first use of Toyota's new GA-K platform in an SUV.

With its low centre of gravity and significantly increased body rigidity, the new RAV4's platform directly contributes to superior handling, ride comfort, a spacious interior, class-leading load space (580 litres VDA with seats in place) and the freedom to produce a strong, eye-catching design with lower roof and hood lines and higher ground clearance. As well as providing more space and comfort, the cabin displays exceptional quality and finish throughout.

The new Toyota RAV4 remains unique its class in offering customers a self-charging, hybrid powertrain - the choice of an overwhelming majority of customers for the model in Western Europe (85 per cent in 2018). The new 2.5-litre petrol hybrid Dynamic Force, offering 218 DIN hp in front-wheel drive form and 222 DIN hp with all-wheel drive, will strengthen customer appeal, delivering step-changes in power, responsiveness and efficiency, with best-in-class fuel economy and emissions levels.

At the same time, all-wheel drive systems have been comprehensively improved to achieve a "drive on any road" capability. The new Toyota RAV4 Hybrid's electric AWD-i system has been re-engineered and enhanced to provide much stronger performance in challenging conditionsand secure handling on slippery surfaces.

https://www.netcarshow.com/toyota/2019-rav4_hybrid_eu-version/

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I see the digital clock has been seamlessly integrated into the instrument binnacle
 

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I see the digital clock has been seamlessly integrated into the instrument binnacle
LOL
Seamlessly indeed. After about five decades the engineers at Toyota must consider this giant leap an engineering miracle... :D
 

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Seamlessly indeed. After about five decades the engineers at Toyota must consider this giant leap an engineering miracle... :D
It's a giant engineering feat for them to finally have figured out how to modernize that ugly old clock or the contract of their digital clock supplier has ended:ROFL:
 

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Toyota RAV4 2019 review

Should I buy one?

With prices starting at £29,635, the latest RAV4 doesn’t sound particularly cheap, especially when you could drive off in a new Skoda Kodiaq for considerably less. At the same time, though, it’s well equipped, and as a hybrid D-segment SUV, the RAV4 finds itself in an incredibly small class. Its only real rival is the hybrid version of the Honda CR-V, a car that doesn’t look as good, isn’t quite as quick as the Toyota and is only a few hundred pounds cheaper.

The RAV4 is a bit of a niche choice, then. Toyota reckons it’ll sell about 9300 or so in the UK this year, and I’ve no reason to believe that those people who fork out for one will sorely regret doing so. After all, they’ll be getting themselves a good-looking, comfortable and usefully sure-footed SUV with a big boot (580 litres) that’ll easily take any task a family throws at it in its stride. And that’s no bad thing.

Toyota RAV4 Dynamic FWD

Where Barcelona, Spain Price £34,400 On sale April Engine 4 cyls in line, 2487cc, petrol, plus electric motor Power 215bhp (total system output) Torque 163lb ft at 3600-5200rpm Gearbox CVT Kerb weight 1680kg Top speed 112mph 0-62mph 8.4sec Fuel economy 51.21mpg (WLTP combined) CO2 105g/km (NEDC correlated) Rivals Honda CR-V Hybrid, Volkswagen Tiguan, Ford Kuga

https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-review/toyota/rav4/first-drives/toyota-rav4-2019-review

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