Toy­ota teaser

Fifth-gen­er­a­tion Toy­ota RAV4 to break cover in New York ahead of 2019 Aus­tralian ar­rival

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Motoring - – Rob­bie Wal­lis

Toy­ota will re­veal its all-new RAV4 medium SUV at the New York mo­tor show late this month ahead of its ar­rival in Aus­tralia in 2019.

A sin­gle shaded teaser im­age re­leased by Toy­ota shows the RAV4 in pro­file, seem­ingly re­veal­ing a more squared-off grille than the cur­rent model.

The rear end looks to have re­tained the rear spoiler and bul­bous tail-lights from the old model, while scor­ing a more an­gled up­per tail­gate.

No other con­crete de­tails – such as pow­er­trains and spec­i­fi­ca­tion lev­els – have been an­nounced to date, but the new model will al­most cer­tainly be built on the Toy­ota New Global Ar­chi­tec­ture plat­form that so far has spawned ve­hi­cles such as the one-size smaller C-HR com­pact SUV and Prius hy­brid small car.

The new RAV4 might also ben­e­fit from Toy­ota’s just-an­nounced new gen­er­a­tion four-cylin­der petrol en­gine that the Ja­panese gi­ant claims is the most ther­mally ef­fi­cient pro­duc- tion en­gine in the world. The cur­rent RAV4 has a choice of three pow­er­trains – a 2.0-litre and 2.5-litre petrol four-cylin­der, and 2.2-litre tur­bod­iesel four-pot – with a mix of man­ual and au­to­matic trans­mis­sions and front and all-wheel-drive.

Buy­ers can ex­pect the new RAV4 to be of­fered with a hy­brid pow­er­train at some point in its life, in ac­cor­dance with Toy­ota Aus­tralia’s plan to of­fer eight hy­brid mod­els by 2020.

A cur­rent-gen­er­a­tion RAV4 hy­brid is of­fered in other markets.

This em­ploys the same mild-hy­brid 2.5-litre petrol en­gine-con­tin­u­ously vari­able trans­mis­sion set-up as the Camry hy­brid.

Toy­ota is also aim­ing to of­fer rangewide elec­tri­fi­ca­tion – in­clud­ing across the Lexus brand – by 2025.

Other pow­er­train op­tions in­clude full-ev, plug-in hy­brid, and the hy­dro­gen fuel-cell set-up found on the Mi­rai sedan.

The RAV4 has long been a strong seller for Toy­ota, fin­ish­ing 2017 as the third best-sell­ing medium SUV with 21,077 units, be­hind the Mazda CX-5, 25,831, and Hyundai Tuc­son, 23,828.

It ended up as Toy­ota’s fourth best­seller be­hind the in­dus­try-lead­ing HiLux, 47,093, Corolla hatch, 37,353, and Camry mid-sizer, 23,620.

In the first two months of 2018, the RAV4 has tal­lied 3621 new reg­is­tra­tions, a 16.1 per­cent spike over 2017 and enough to place it se­cond in the seg­ment be­hind the CX-5 with 4343.

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