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Toyota's 2019 RAV4 Adds Power, Hybrid Trim

March 28, 2018

Photo of 2019 RAV4 compact SUV courtesy of Toyota.
Photo of 2019 RAV4 compact SUV courtesy of Toyota.

Toyota's 2019 RAV4 will enter its fifth generation with increased power and fuel economy, as well as an added trim grade that emphasizes the sportiness of the gasoline-electric hybrid model.

The gasoline model is powered by a new Dynamic Force 2.5-liter inline-four cylinder engine with variable valve technology (VVT-iE) that's mated to an eight-speed Direct-Shift automatic transmission. The hybrid model adds Toyota's hybrid system (THS II) that's paired with an electronically controlled CVT (continuously variable transmission).

The vehicle will be built on the TNGA K platform and use Multi-Link rear suspension. The Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 (TSS 2.0) package of driver-assist technologies is now standard.

The Entune 3.0 infotainment system offers an optional Wi-Fi hotspot powered by Verizon and will be compatible with Apple CarPlay. The system also incorporates Amazon Alexa voice commands.

Toyota has improved the compact SUV's off-road capability with available Multi-Terrain Select and an all-wheel drive system with dynamic torque vectoring and the ability to disconnect the rear driveline.

The RAV4 Hybrid will offer XSE Hybrid, a new sporty trim grade that's essentially an exterior appearance package with its piano-black accents.

Toyota revealed the vehicle at the New York International Auto Show.

Related Photos: Toyota's RAV4

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