2019 Toyota RAV4 unveiled- bolder design, upmarket interior

The all-new, fifth-generation 2019 Toyota RAV4 has been fully unveiled and detailed at the 2018 New York International Auto Show (NYIAS).

As depicted earlier today in the teaser, the RAV4 is a more angular and tough-looking midsize SUV, with inspiratoin from the FT-AC concept of last year’s LA show. The switch to TNGA brings wholesale improvements with space, rigidity, safety and interior. The bold new design is 4595mm long, which is 5mm shorter, but a 30mm longer wheelbase, at 2689mm promises more interior room.

At this stage, only USA-bound RAV4 powertrain details are at hand, but should be indicative of what we get here. The 2.5-litre Dynamic Force petrol with an eight-speed auto and one sharing the Toyota Camry Hybrid’s 2.5-litre and electric motor, CVT combo.

The interior shows a marked improvement on today’s ergonomically-challenged model, with a new steering wheel, massive digital instrument display and neater layout. A touch-screen interface with Apply CarPlay and Amazon Alexa capability is a standout, with no mention of Android Auto, however. Screen size varies between 7.0 and 8.0-inches, depending on grade.

The safety package includes eight airbags, pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, radar cruise control and lane departure alert, automatic high beam and road sign assist standard on U.S models, but considering every C-HR comes with many of these features, we could possibly expect the same here. A seven-seat or turbo version is not mentioned at this stage, and it is unclear whether they are in the pipeline.

The 2019 Toyota RAV4 is expected for local release very early in the new year. Keep posted to Top10Cars for more details as they come to hand.