2019 Toyota Rav 4: Redesigning A Best-Seller

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Toyota is an automotive power-house.  We’re talking about a company that sells nearly 190,000 vehicles a month.  That’s some serious cash.

And as of right now, the Toyota Rav 4 is the highest selling vehicle in Toyota’s lineup.

That means that its next rendition has a lot to live up to.

Just ahead of the NY Auto Show, Toyota teased some silhouette shots of the new Rav 4 and as usual with these sort of teasers we can’t tell anything from them.

But, the new profile of the Rav 4 does look pretty great admittedly.

The rav 4 was able to snap up 400,000+ new homes in 2017 as the number four best selling vehicle in the United States last year.  Impressive numbers even with the recent increase in SUV’s on the road.

The Rav 4 has been redesigned so we can expect some sort of technological upgrade as well as some new styling upgrades.

The Specs – 2019 Toyota Rav 4:

Vehicle Type: Compact SUV
Powertrain: Not Yet Available
Gearbox: Not Yet Available
Power: Not Yet Available
MPG: Not Yet Available
Torque: Not Yet Available
Length: Not Yet Available
Width: Not Yet Available
Height: Not Yet Available
Top Speed: Not Yet Available
Seating: 4-5
Wheelbase: Not Yet Available
0-60 MPH (0-120 KPH): Not Yet Available
Base Price: Not Yet Available

Continued:

The new 2019 Toyota Rav 4 will most likely be based on the new Toyota Corolla that’s coming out soon as well.

Toyota released a re-named Corolla hatchback at Geneva so we should be getting more info on that whole thing soon.

The chassis does look promising and even though we don’t have a lot of information on it.

The Exterior – 2019 Toyota Rav 4:

This and some spy shots are really all we have to go by.  So let’s examine this pretty sunset silhouette shot.

The front end of the car looks longer than the previous Rav 4.  It’s an attractive look and the roof line compliments the long hood.

The roof extends past the rear window to form a small wing that looks nice.

Beyond that, there’s little we can tell from this shot.

We expect the car to have a more prominent nose like the lot of Toyota SUV’s and trucks they offer.

The reason I say that is because the new Rav 4 will most likely be based on the concept car Toyota released recently called the FT-AC.

The FT-AC features some clearly concept-car attributes like super overly-knobby tires and crazy add on’s connected to the fenders.

The front of the FT-AC is completely focused on off-roading featuring tow hitches and massive bumper guards.

The FT-AC also features a very interesting fog light display and head light layout.  I really don’t think either one of those will make it to the 2019 Toyota Rav 4 but it’s nice to dream a little.

From the side the Rav 4 redesign is very sharp.  It’s youthful and has plenty of character so that means it won’t be like that on the production version.

I think on the real car that gets released to the public will be much more toned down than this concept car.  That’s been a trait though for as long as concept cars have been made.  That’s why they’re called concepts.

It’s tough to see the rear end of the concept car in any picture because they all have some sort of bike or bike rack on the back.  This is to illustrate how capable it is out there on the trails and how much it likes being off-road.

I can’t see the new Rav 4 having this kind of capability but that’s made it hard to see that back.  So this is the best I got for you:

I like how the shape is planted and as athletic as it should be on the concept car but again, it probably won’t be retained in the real car.

Overall the car will look pretty good as it should.  I can”t imagine it’ll look too much like the FT-AC but we shouldn’t feel insulted if it doesn’t.  I do look forward to it being a youthful looking SUV but still being affordable.  Pretty good stuff I look forward to on March 28th.

The Interior – 2019 Toyota Rav 4:

This is where we really don’t know anything.

The insides of the 2019 Rav 4 is going to use the latest in Toyota’s interior design which borrows a lot from Lexus.  Which is a good thing.

There will be fancy infotainment and technology for the Rav 4 at a great price.  Standard Toyota stuff.

While the interior will definitely be fresh and cool, the lot of what we know comes from the potential chassis work and engineering.

The Performance – 2019 Toyota Rav 4:

The chassis that will provide the underpinnings of the Rav 4 will be from the recently redesigned Corolla that was kind of half-released in Geneva last week.

My guess is the biggest engine to be provided will be a four cylinder of some sort.  I know that Toyota isn’t the biggest user of turbos or anything but that could change.

I’ll put my money in a 2.4 or 2.5 L four cylinder.

You’ll most likely get the Rav 4 in 2019 as a FWD car as base and AWD as an option.

Shifting I can bet will come from a 7 or 8 speed automatic or so.  Standard issue stuff for the most part.

Toyota knows what works here as again the Rav 4 is one of the best selling vehicles full stop in the U.S.A.

Overall we should see a fuel-efficient and good handling compact SUV. We’ll know more in a couple weeks.

Sum It Up:

The 2019 Toyota Rav 4 has some big-selling shoes to fill.

We should see the 2019 Toyota Rav 4 in summer or fall this year in dealerships.

We’ll know more about this interesting little SUV shortly, as the New York Auto Show in only a couple weeks (March 28th I believe).


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