Toyota made it official today that we'll see the redesigned 2019 RAV4 on March 28 at the 2018 New York International Auto Show and released a teaser photo with the SUV's silhouette.
No details of the new fifth-generation Toyota RAV4 were offered, and the darkened teaser doesn't add much. But we can see a more domed hood and a streamlined slant to the rear window, as well as a bulkier feel than the current 2018 RAV4. The overall shape seems to borrow some of the look of the well-received, outdoorsy FT-AC SUV concept that Toyota showed in Los Angeles in November.
It's a key launch for Toyota. The current model, which arrived for 2013, has been outselling even the sportier, redone 2018 Toyota Camry. The new RAV4 moves to the new Toyota TNGA global platform that underpins the current Camry and C-HR among other models.
And we expect powertrain upgrades to boost mileage ratings. The current gasoline model, with a standard 176-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine is a bit of a laggard for fuel economy, with a top EPA combined rating of 26 mpg; that's versus such 2018 rivals as the 2018 Honda CR-V (30 mpg combined) and 2018 Nissan Rogue (29 mpg). A more expensive 2018 RAV4 Hybrid delivers 32 mpg combined. You can compare the RAV4 ratings with rivals here.
The current model, however, is one of the few compact SUVs that still can be had with a V-6, and maybe that will continue. Not counting on it, but the sportier redesigned Camry did[MP8] buck both the mid-size sedan trend to small turbo four-cylinders and the elimination of V-6 power.
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