Published: Thu, March 29, 2018
Tech | By Amelia Peters

Toyota's popular RAV4 to get its first overhaul since 2013


"RAV4 is exceeding our expectations, becoming our sales leader past year with more than 400,000 sales", Bill Fay, head of US sales for the Toyota brand, said at an industry conference in ny ahead of Wednesday's reveal. There's more that's changed than just the name: The Corolla Hatchback rides an all-new platform, and it's actually a different platform from what's underneath the current Toyota Corolla sedan.

Those include the new luxury Ram pickup truck, and the new Nissan Altima and Toyota RAV4. The Adventure has high-mounted roof rails for outdoor adventures. It's a far more mature product with a handsome new look and impressive list of content. The new AWD system is one of three available on the all-new RAV4, including the AWD-i system available on hybrid grades and the non-Dynamic Torque Vectoring AWD system available on non-hybrid models. Unlike with the Auris that was revealed at the Geneva motor show, we've also had a look at the interior of the new auto, which shows off an angular theme to the dashboard that was introduced with the smaller C-HR SUV. As a result, it is wider, lower and roomier - Toyota says the back seat has better legroom than before, and that's despite the fact it isn't any bigger than the fourth-generation RAV4 that preceded it.

Additionally, when equipped with AWD, Adventure models are outfitted with Multi-Terrain Select as standard. There's even a hybrid model, which Toyota promises will be both the efficiency and fun leader of the pack-with fun a relative term when it comes to crossovers. In US, the new RAV4 will go n sale later this year and its Hybrid version will hit showrooms in early 2019.

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Its output ratings haven't been announced yet, but the engine is dubbed Dynamic-Force, and Toyota mentions a sportier suspension setup, so we're expecting a certain level of driving dynamics. The RAV4 Hybrid uses a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) and Toyota Hybrid System II on the four Hybrid models. It's also built on the new TNGA platform, and comes standard with Entune 3.0 and Apple Car Play.

At the New York Auto Show, Toyota has shown of the latest vehicles to gain CarPlay with 7- to 8-inch touchscreens as a standard feature. It can send 50% of engine torque to rear wheels as well as apportion it between left and right rear wheels to improve handling, the automaker says. Toyota's Safety Sense 2.0 - which adds pre-collision braking with pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warnings with steering assist, lane tracing, road sign assist, and automatic high beams is now standard like other Toyota models.

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