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New Toyota RAV4 unveiled in New York

Toyota has revealed the all-new, fifth generation RAV4 SUV at the New York International Auto Show. It is the first RAV4 to be built on a Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform.

Toyota says the new RAV4 remains true to its heritage as the original pioneer of the recreational SUV segment, making significant advances in powertrain technologies, dynamic performance, intelligent safety provisions and all-round quality.

The company says the robust styling of the new RAV4 expresses the strong and capable qualities that define its approach to the latest iteration of the world’s best-selling SUV, notably higher ground clearance and a wider stance.

At 4,600mm long, the new model is only marginally different in length compared to the current model. But while reductions have been made in the front and rear overhangs, 30mm have been added to the wheelbase, allowing for an even more spacious and comfortable cabin. Luggage space has been increased, too, and there are folding rear seats, a double load floor and deck side nets. Vehicle width has been increased by 10mm, to 1,855mm, which translates into a more comfortable and spacious cabin for the occupants.

The new RAV4 will be available with two TNGA powertrains, both more fuel-efficient and powerful than those deployed in the current model.

A new hybrid electric 2.5-litre powertrain combines fuel and emissions efficiency and quiet operation with more power and greater responsiveness. Toyota says hybrid electric remains a unique selling point for RAV4 in its class, attracting ever-larger numbers of customers. A new 2.0-litre petrol engine will also be available, with a choice of manual or automatic transmissions.

Driving dynamics have been enhanced with improvements to the performance of the all-wheel drive systems. For the hybrid version, Toyota has developed a completely new electric motor drive designed to make efficient use of power from the car’s hybrid system, using a second electric motor to drive the rear wheels to generate high torque. This reduces energy losses, contributing to greater fuel economy, and offers AWD performance in different driving conditions. For the 2.0-litre petrol model, the new mechanical AWD system has also been improved, featuring a twin coupling and rear disconnect on the automatic transmission versions.

Toyota says the TNGA platform, with its low centre of gravity and optimised weight distribution, further strengthens the RAV4’s dynamic capabilities, enabling a more rigid body construction and more precise, stable and accurate responses to driver inputs.

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