Toyota debuts new RAV4 SUV at the 2018 New York motor show.
The Japanese brand's fifth-generation family hauler will offer a hybrid system along with revised styling and grander proportions.
Toyota's new RAV4 is the latest salvo in the growing SUV sales war as it strives to claw back ground from higher selling rivals like the Mazda CX-5 and Hyundai Tucson.
Bold new styling follows the recent trend of Toyota's next-generation models like the Toyota Camry that has broken with its usual conservative approach to it cosmetic appeal.
This is most noticeable at the front with a large guard and air vents cutting a swathe through the front of the RAV4. A new grille, floating roofline and overall squarer, edgier silhouette combine to give the RAV4 a more masculine and aggressive stance.
The RAV4 is built on the Japanese giant's new TNGA (Toyota New Global Architecture) platform that underpins the new Camry, C-HR and Prius and the upcoming 2018 Corolla.
Toyota's new versatile platform gives the RAV4 more flexibility in its overall layout with it being 5mmm shorter than the current version by its wheelbase is 30mm longer, this should equate to an increase in interior space. The interior space should also be aided by an increase width of 10mm. Height has been reduced by 5mm.
The Japanese car maker has detailed two powertrains for the next-gen RAV4: a 2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol matched to an eight-speed auto and a 2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol hybrid set-up that is paired to a CVT auto.
All-wheel drive models are tipped to get the brand's first torque-vectoring system that can split torque between the rear tyres as required.
Infotainment extends to a 7.0-inch touchscreen that in US-spec is compatible with Apple CarPlay.
Toyota is pressing ahead with an increased focus on safety with the addition of autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection, radar cruise control, lane keep assist and lane departure warning, auto high beam and road sign recognition.
Australian specifications and pricing haven't been announced but it is expected that the hybrid version makes its way down under when the RAV4 goes on sale as a 2019 model.
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