The 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid made its European debut at the recently conducted 2018 Paris Motor Show. The fifth generation of the company's globally successful small SUV was showcased alongside the 2019 Toyota Corolla Touring Sports.
As per the company, the design theme of the 2019 Toyota RAV4 revolves around the elements of ‘Refined’ and ‘Adventure’. The highlights of its exterior include a bold front fascia, robust shoulders, and stylish 19-inch wheels. The adoption of the TNGA platform has resulted in an increase in the wheelbase and the overall width, which leads to a bolder, more planted stance. The shorter front and rear overhangs should aid the new model’s off-road capabilities.
The highlight of the interior is the Entune 3.0 infotainment system, which offers Wi-Fi connectivity, hands-free access to Amazon Alexa, and Apple CarPlay. The advanced unit features a floating-type 7-inch touchscreen interface perched atop the centre stash. The new model offers a JBL-sourced 11-speaker audio system.
Powering the 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid is a 2.5-litre Dynamic Force petrol engine that works in tandem with two electric motors. The combined power output is rated at 222 PS. Thanks to the TNGA-K architecture, the 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid benefits from a lower centre of gravity and a 57 per cent increase in the body rigidity as compared to the fourth generation model. It also boasts a 51:49 front to rear weight distribution. The fourth-generation self-charging hybrid powerplant features a Nickel metal-hydride battery pack.
The 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid comes with a CVT along with an electric all-wheel-drive system. According to the company, the torque distribution between the front and the rear wheels ranges from 100:0 to 20:80. Furthermore, the new model comes equipped with an automatic limited-slip differential control system, which has been dubbed Trail Mode. Other than the hybrid powertrain, the UK-spec 2019 Toyota RAV4 will even offer a 2.0-liter petrol engine that will provide manual and CVT automatic transmission choices, along with a manual all-wheel-drive system with dynamic torque vectoring and Rear Driveline Disconnect.
The 2019 Toyota RAV4 features the second generation of Toyota Safety Sense (TSS) package. The safety equipment on offer includes - Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection (PCS w/PD), Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC), Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist (LDA w/SA), Automatic High Beam (AHB), Lane Tracing Assist (LTA), Road Sign Assist (RSA), eight airbags, Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Traction Control, ABS with EBD, and Brake Assist.