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The next generation RAV4 is into its fifth iteration in its 25-year history and set to redefine the segment it created through its design, improved performance, advanced technology and safety features and fuel efficiency.
The Toyota RAV4 offers superior safety across the entire eight-variant range.
It contains one of the most comprehensive safety packages in the market, and the second Toyota after the Corolla hatch to get the updated Toyota Safety Sense package as standard equipment.
As part of its leading Toyota Safety Sense suite of features, every variant in the line-up will incorporate all-speed dynamic radar cruise control, a pre-collision system with autonomous emergency braking including pedestrian detection and daylight bicyclist detection, road sign assist, lane tracing assist and automatic high beam.
Other advanced safety technologies including blind-spot monitor, rear cross-traffic alert, reversing camera, front and rear parking sensors, and seven airbags further contribute to the new RAV4’s very high level of standard safety features.
“Advanced safety technology should not only be available on the top grades,” says Neeraj Lala, Toyota New Zealand’s General Manager of Product and New Vehicle Sales.
“Customers want to know they can have adventurous fun in their RAV4 with peace of mind that they have the best safety technology in their vehicle for when they need it.”
All new from the ground up, the 2019 RAV4 has a sharper, more adventurous exterior, a superior and comfortable interior with more dynamic handling. In short, it is the most revolutionary change to the RAV4 in its history.
In a first for Toyota New Zealand’s SUV line-up, a hybrid powertrain debuts in the new RAV4 and is available in three grades, GX, GXL and Limited, all in all-wheel drive. Two all-wheel drive petrol grades, GXL and Adventure, and three front-wheel drive petrol grades, GX, GXL and Limited complete the line-up.
Adventurous Performance and Handing
The 2019 RAV4 comes in three powertrain options, including a 2.5-litre hybrid-electric petrol engine for the first time in a New Zealand-specified RAV4.
In the RAV4 hybrid grades, a new, no compromise 131kW 2.5 Litre petrol engine is mated to an electronically-controlled continuously variable transmission (E-CVT). This increases to 163kW2 when combined with the hybrid system. The result being a highly responsive, yet fuel efficient driving experience.
Combined cycle fuel consumption is an impressive 4.8L/100km with CO₂ emissions from as low as 112g/km.
“This new RAV4 is poised, once again, to change the game in the local medium-sized SUV market,” Mr Lala says.
It continues the electrification of Toyota’s total range of models, which are all expected to offer an electrified option by 2025.
The RAV4 Hybrid driver will notice smooth, linear acceleration, thanks to the way the system optimises the level of electric motor assistance and engine revs without the engine running at high revs.
The 2019 RAV4 is built on the Toyota New Global Architecture platform and with its low centre of gravity and significantly increased body rigidity, the RAV4 platform contributes to superior handling and ride comfort. The TNGA platform also gives the designers freedom to produce a strong eye catching design with lower roof lines, as well as a spacious interior cabin.
“For the customer, the new platform makes the car fun to drive, while enabling great design inside and out,” Mr Lala says.
Enigmatic exterior styling
The 2019 RAV4 is wider with a higher road height, and has a longer wheelbase – now 2,690mm – over the current model to liberate more cabin space, particularly in the back seat. Rear passengers get better access as well with a larger rear door-opening angle.
There will be no mistaking the 2019 RAV4 for anything else in its class. Following the guiding themes of Adventure and Refined, designers drew inspiration from tough Toyota trucks, particularly in front end and grille design, to create an athletic, chiselled appearance.
Sophisticated sculpting with a more dynamic profile and robust shoulders give the 2019 RAV4 an adventurous stance, giving the vehicle a “get up and go” attitude.
The exterior look is powerful and individual, with a solid form that extends from the front of the vehicle, along the sides to the rear, giving the sense of a strong mass and authentic SUV capabilities.
At the front the emphasis is on width and strength with extra volume added to the lower bumper section. There is a similar effect at the rear where the horizontal line created by the taillights and back window angles sharply downwards at each edge, drawing the eye towards the rear wheels.
Included in the RAV4 range this year is the Adventure, built for off-highway exploring and ideal for active Kiwi lifestyles.
The Adventure is noted for its, larger overfenders, more aggressive bumper, grille design and fog light surrounds. Its 19-inch, five-spoke wheels with matte-black accents are exclusive to the Adventure model as is its Safari Green colour option.
The new RAV4 is available in nine exterior colours, including the three new colours, Safari Green (available on the Adventure), Deep Sea Blue (available on GX, GXL and Limited) and Eclectic Blue.
The significant extra traction provided by the E-Four system also provides considerable functional benefits whether you are towing a sailing dinghy or heading to the transfer station with a trailer full of garden clippings. The RAV4 Hybrid AWD has a 1,500kg towing capacity – one of the highest capacities yet achieved by a hybrid vehicle. The 2.5 L petrol has also got a tow rating of 1,500 kgs, so there is no compromise in performance when choosing the hybrid.
The 2WD 2.0L petrol engine can tow 800kg making it a flexible urban vehicle.
All RAV4s also include Trailer Sway Control which integrates braking of individual wheels and engine torque control to help quickly bring a swaying trailer back under control. While Trailer Sway Control is operating, the stop lights will automatically switch on to warn following vehicles to reduce speed.
Priced for Value
No matter the model, every RAV4 is a winning, superior choice, whether it is for running families around town, a weekend to the beach or exploring the back country.
Toyota Drive-away pricing includes all on road costs; WOF, registration, a full tank of fuel, the Toyota Care Service Advantage package, floor mats, and the three years or 100,000 kms warranty. The 2019 RAV4 has a Toyota Driveaway Price starting at $34,990