The Japanese carmaker has presented one of its best selling compact crossover SUVs and it is the 2018 Toyota RAV4. It will represent the last model in the current generation until the newest version enters the market. The hybrid version will also be offered, so this time we will talk about the upcoming 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid.
The current, 2018 model year has arrived with the new Adventure trim level which added 18-inch wheels and provided more ground clearance. In addition to this, the automaker has offered the optional Cold Weather Package with a heated steering wheel, heated and power front seats etc. As well, there is a new Tow Prep Package which has increased the towing capacity of the RAV4.
On the other hand, the newest 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid will be the second-gen model and should bring various changes. It has been caught during the testing and based on the photos the new RAV4 will arrive with major styling revisions. Instead of the current sleek design, the future Toyota will feature a more rugged appearance. Under the hood, the hybrid version will carry over the same engine while for the standard version there is still no any precise information. However, it could also keep the same engine as the current model.
The engine and performance of the 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid
The 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid will continue to use the same engine as the 2018 model year. It is a 2.5-liter inline-4 combined with two electric motors. All together, they are able to generate 194 horses and 206 pound-feet of torque. The engine will work with a continuously variable transmission and the all-wheel drive system will be standard. When it comes to fuel economy, it gets 34 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway.
Furthermore, the standard version could be powered by the same 2.5-liter inline-4 used in the current model. This engine can develop 176 hp and the torque of 172 pound-feet. However, this information still needs to be confirmed.
Design of exterior and interior
The next-gen 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid will be completely overhauled. Its smooth and sleek design will be replaced by the more rugged appearance. The front end will feature a massive grille with accentuated surrounding and sharp and angular prominent headlights. Moving to the rear, we will notice horizontally positioned tail lamps. Furthermore, according to the latest reports, the RAV4 could be switched to the new architecture and it is the Toyota’s TNGA Platform which is also used in Prius, Camry, and C-HR models.
There isn’t any news of how the cabin of the 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid could look like. We assume that it might get some adjustments considering equipment and perhaps some new color combinations. Generally, the cabin of this compact SUV is quality and provides very good room for all the passengers. The standard equipment in all the versions includes a 6.1-inch touchscreen for the infotainment system, Bluetooth, USB, power windows and locks, and navigation.
Release date and price
The 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid could arrive at the end of this year or in early 2019. The price should be higher than the price of the current model.