24 years. That’s how long the Toyota Rav 4 has been in production. Spanning across what is now five generations the softness of the last few years has been thrown out the window in favour for an angular 2019 Rav 4 which echoes the FT-AC concept shown off last year.
While it’s not as aggressive as the concept, the 2019 Rav 4 features bolder character lines, sharp LED headlights, squared off fenders and bold grille similar to that of the ones found on the 4Runner to create a lasting impression. The rear end has also been reworked for the fifth generation.
What to expect from the 2019 Rav 4
As with the exterior, the interior has been spruced up compared to the outgoing model apart from the steering wheel as that appears to carry over. A new multimedia interface is something to write home about as it ‘floats’ above the A/C unit. Equipped with Entune 3.0, Apple CarPlay is now standard with the 2019 Rav 4 as is Wi-Fi connectivity. Unfortunately, Android Auto is not supported. Customers can also choose to fit a premium JBL sound system.
Each and every 2019 Rav 4 comes with eight-airbags as standard as well as Toyota Saftey Sense or TSS for short. TSS includes Automatic High-Beam, Road Sign Assist, Lane Tracing Assist, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, Pre-Collision System, Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection and Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control.
Regarding power, the 2019 Rav 4 continues on with the 2.5-litre straight four-cylinder petrol engine mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox and a hybrid version with a 2.5-litre four pot motors with an electric motor and a CVT.
The 2019 Rav 4 is the first Toyota model to be equipped with Dynamic Torque Vectoring All-Wheel Drive with Rear Driveline Disconnect which can send 50% of engine torque to the rear axle and can even distribute certain amounts of torque to either the left or the right in order to improve handling.
This unique system is only available on Limited gas and Adventure grade trim levels as lower trim levels will have to make do without the new tech. Hybrid variants will have their own electronically powered AWD-i system.