The global premiere of the brand-new 2019 Toyota RAV4 is set to captivate audiences, as every effort has been exerted to ensure an impressive unveiling. This fifth-generation iteration of the vehicle, which initially carved out a niche in the compact sport utility vehicle (SUV) category, will take center stage at the prestigious New York International Auto Show. The Toyota Rav4 is one of the Best Compact SUVs in Kenya and this fifth iteration further cements its place on the notable list.

Toyota’s commitment to responsiveness, heeding the voices of owners and dealers alike, has yielded significant dividends. The RAV4’s volume has experienced a remarkable doubling over the past five years, underscoring the segment’s allure and expansion. Notably, the RAV4 presently holds the distinction of being the top-selling vehicle in the Toyota lineup, securing its place as the best-selling non-pickup truck in the nation.

Regardless of the chosen grade, each RAV4 stands out as a commendable choice, whether destined for urban exploration, a weekend retreat to the countryside, or an adventurous journey along off-road trails. Anticipated for release in the winter towards the end of 2018 (followed closely by hybrid models in early 2019), the all-new RAV4 is poised to reclaim the spotlight, solidifying its position at the forefront—both for the Toyota brand and within its segment.

In the creation of the all-new RAV4, designers meticulously integrated elements of both Adventure and Refined styles, offering owners the flexibility to embark on their RAV4 journeys anytime and anywhere. The focus remained on enhancing the presence of this compact SUV while ensuring a high level of sophistication inside and out.

Everybody panel exhibits a refined twist, presenting a chiseled aesthetic that masterfully blends athleticism with charisma. The more robust front end seamlessly transitions into a dynamic profile, accentuated by sturdy shoulders and the option for 19-inch wheels, establishing a commanding stance ready to conquer any road under any circumstances.

The utilization of the TNGA platform empowers the RAV4 to exude the charisma of a more rugged SUV, yet in a package that is lower and wider. The extended wheelbase and broader front and rear tracks contribute to a stable and confident driving platform. To enhance off-road capabilities, the reduced front and rear overhangs bolster the RAV4’s capacity to navigate challenging terrain.

With a 57 percent increase in rigidity compared to its predecessor, the unibody chassis of the RAV4 provides a solid foundation. The incorporation of an optimally tuned multi-link rear suspension ensures ideal damping for precise handling, minimal interior cabin noise, and optimal ride comfort. Despite a ground clearance boost of over half an inch, the RAV4 achieves improved aerodynamics.

Noteworthy enhancements include lower-positioned side mirrors for enhanced forward visibility around the A-pillar, while a lowered beltline and redesigned, enlarged rear-quarter glass contribute to increased side and rear-diagonal visibility. These thoughtful adjustments further elevate the overall driving experience of the all-new RAV4.

Dedicated engineers invested approximately four years in meticulously refining every facet of the RAV4’s performance, handling stability, and ride comfort. Their ultimate objective was straightforward: engineer a driving experience characterized by confidence and natural responsiveness.

The realization of this unparalleled performance is attributed to a team of Takumi—highly skilled master craftsmen—whose commitment was to craft a vehicle that precisely follows the driver’s intentions, even in challenging weather and road conditions. Integrating the expertise of the Takumi into the development process added an extra layer of refinement to the overarching design philosophy guided by the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA).

The heart of RAV4’s driving prowess lies in one of two powertrains:
Dynamic Force 2.5-liter inline-four-cylinder engine with VVT-iE coupled with an 8-speed Direct-Shift Automatic Transmission, propelling the five gas models.

Dynamic Force 2.5-liter inline-four-cylinder Toyota Hybrid System II (THS II) engine with Electronically-Controlled Continuously-Variable Transmission (ECVT), activating the four hybrid models.

Precision in the development of RAV4’s structure and configuration by the Takumi contributes to an overall increase in performance. The engine incorporates high-speed combustion technology and a variable control system for enhanced thermal efficiency output, minimizing energy losses associated with exhaust and cooling systems. With a remarkable 40-percent thermal efficiency (41 percent for hybrids), the 2.5-liter 4-cylinder Dynamic Force Engine perfectly aligns with the demand for a highly responsive yet fuel-efficient driving experience. The Direct Shift-8AT transmission ensures direct lock-up from gears two through eight, eliminating power loss from the torque converter and executing smooth shifts.

The Toyota-first, Dynamic Torque Vectoring All-Wheel Drive with Rear Driveline Disconnect is a standout feature, allowing drivers to maintain precise control even on challenging roads. Standard on AWD-equipped Limited gas and Adventure grade models, this system can distribute up to 50 percent of engine torque to the rear wheels and adjust it between the left and right rear wheel for improved handling. When AWD is unnecessary, the Rear Driveline Disconnect system enhances fuel economy by stopping driveshaft rotations through ratchet-type dog clutches, reducing energy loss and rotational vibration for a smoother ride.

This innovative AWD system is one of three available on the all-new RAV4, complementing the AWD-i system for hybrid grades and the (non-dynamic Torque Vectoring) AWD system for core gas grades.

When paired with the new All-Wheel Drive with Intelligence (AWD-i), the RAV4 Hybrid boosts total torque to the rear wheels—electronically driven—by 30 percent compared to the current generation AWD-i system. The new AWD-i system optimally distributes torque to the rear wheels based on driving conditions, enhancing off-road performance, handling, and capability.

The unparalleled driving experience of the RAV4 exemplifies how the all-new model surpasses expectations for owners, the segment, and the industry as a whole.

Catering to enthusiasts who prioritize sportier driving dynamics, the XSE Hybrid seamlessly blends sport and utility, making it a dynamic addition to the RAV4’s Hybrid family.

The front end of the XSE Hybrid is adorned with sleek piano-black accents, extending across the mirror caps, fender arches, and lower rockers, setting the stage for its sporty aesthetic. Exclusive to RAV4 Hybrids, projector-beam LED headlamps, Daytime Running Lights found on XLE and above trims, flank each side of the grille, providing a brighter, sharper, and optimally angled light source.

Equipped as standard on all RAV4 Hybrid models, the Toyota Hybrid System II (THS II) collaborates seamlessly with the 2.5-liter 4-cylinder Dynamic Force Engine, striking an impressive balance between energy efficiency and commanding power output. Performance takes center stage for the XSE Hybrid, representing the epitome of a “no compromise” grade, boasting enhanced power and acceleration. Paired with its sport-tuned suspension featuring tauter shock absorbers and springs, the RAV4 XSE Hybrid claims its position as the quickest and best-handling RAV4 in the lineup.

While the thrill of driving is inherent behind the XSE Hybrid’s steering wheel, that’s not the only benefit for drivers and passengers. In any RAV4 Hybrid variant, drivers can anticipate class-leading fuel efficiency, as well as notable increases in horsepower and acceleration, further elevating the driving experience.

For adventure seekers yearning to satiate their outdoor pursuits, the RAV4 Adventure is equipped with the capabilities for a wide range of off-road escapades.

Distinguished among its counterparts, the RAV4 Adventure stands out with its standard high-rise roof rails and substantial over-fenders. Drawing inspiration from Toyota’s off-road vehicle heritage, the Adventure grade boasts a more rugged exterior, characterized by its assertive grille, fog light surrounds, and distinctive wheel design. Embodying the essence of robustness, it showcases a sturdy stance, complemented by the standard Dynamic Torque Vectoring All-Wheel Drive with Rear Driveline Disconnect, delivering reliable and resilient functionality tailored for any terrain.

The excitement amplifies as the pavement transforms into dirt, courtesy of the Multi-Terrain Select feature. This feature, standard on all AWD-equipped gas RAV4 models, empowers drivers to optimize traction when navigating through diverse landscapes such as snow, mud, sand, or rocks. The user-friendly system is easily accessible through a control dial (or buttons) positioned in the center console, conveniently placed to the left of the shift knob.

The RAV4 XSE Hybrid exudes a bold and sporty personality, making a statement with its standard two-tone exterior paint scheme. The black roof seamlessly pairs with options such as Blizzard Pearl, Silver Sky Metallic, Magnetic Gray Metallic, or the new Blueprint color. Adding to its exclusivity, the RAV4 XSE Hybrid features a distinctive interior in a mono-spec configuration, showcasing black Softex material with blue accents throughout.

For those embracing the adventurous spirit with the RAV4 Adventure grade, an Ice Edge-colored roof is available, complementing a choice of three exterior colors: Midnight Black Metallic and Blue Flame (both new for RAV4), or Lunar Rock, a completely new addition to the Toyota lineup, making its debut on the RAV4. Inside, the interior seat finishes offer a choice between black or the grade-exclusive Mocha-colored Softex, a novel addition to Toyota’s lineup. Orange stitching accents the interior, with additional orange appointments thoughtfully placed throughout the dashboard.

Even when adorned with full-body color options such as Super White and Ruby Flare Pearl, the RAV4 continues to captivate onlookers, ensuring a striking presence that leaves admirers star-struck.

The RAV4 Limited invites drivers to indulge in blissful weekend retreats with its premium features and amenities, making it the pinnacle of the RAV4 lineup. Setting it apart at first glance are the distinctive 19-inch alloy wheels and chrome accents that exude sophistication.

Once inside, the essence of the RAV4 Limited truly shines. Standard features include a front-row moonroof and an 8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with memory and 2-way lumbar support. On the tech front, the RAV4 Limited is equipped with a newly designed 7-inch Multi-Information Display (MID) and, notably, a Digital Display Rearview Mirror. By default, the display functions as a conventional rearview mirror, but with the flip of a switch, drivers can expand their field of vision, showcasing what is behind the vehicle through a high-mounted, adjustable wide-angle, high-definition camera affixed to the rear of the vehicle.

For an elevated ambiance, optional content includes ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, and a panoramic moonroof. When hands are full with weekend gear, the available hands-free power liftgate proves invaluable, opening with a simple wave of the foot below the rear bumper. The RAV4 Limited ensures that every journey is marked by comfort, convenience, and a touch of luxury.

Designers meticulously applied the theme of “Refined” to every aspect of the interior cabin, resulting in an impressive arrangement that caters to a diverse range of driving experiences and preferences. The interior exudes an elevated sophistication, characterized by a premium, modern design and a straightforward layout.

At the center of attention for front passengers is a redesigned center console featuring a repositioned standard Electronic Parking Brake (EPB) for improved accessibility. The console’s volume has been increased, providing side-by-side cup holders and an open tray capable of holding small items, with the option for a Qi wireless charger. The in-dash tray, conveniently within arm’s reach of front passengers, is designed to accommodate electronics, sunglasses, and travel essentials. A sleek smooth boot tops the shifter, and the HVAC knobs in the center panel have been redesigned to enhance tactility.

Rear seat passengers will find comfort in the spacious back cabin, facilitated by an increase in left and right couple distance, as well as legroom. The rear cargo area is thoughtfully equipped with a reversible liner and side nets for storing small items, while the 60/40 folding rear seats are ready to accommodate essentials such as surfboards, suitcases, or camping gear. The interior design of the RAV4 reflects a commitment to refinement and functionality, ensuring a comfortable and versatile experience for all occupants.

Every RAV4 comes equipped with the Entune 3.0 multimedia system, featuring Wi-Fi Connect powered by Verizon, hands-free access to Amazon Alexa, and compatibility with Apple CarPlay.

The standard Entune 3.0 audio system boasts a 7-inch touchscreen positioned atop the center stack. For an upgraded experience, the Entune 3.0 Audio Plus introduces an eight-inch touchscreen and Sirius XM Radio. Further enhancing the multimedia system, the Entune 3.0 Premium Audio includes embedded dynamic navigation to assist drivers in navigating their routes.

To cater to diverse connectivity needs, the RAV4 offers up to five USB ports distributed between the front and rear rows, along with an optional Qi wireless charging tray located at the front of the center console.

The RAV4’s multimedia experience reaches new heights with the available JBL audio system. This next-generation premium audio setup features an enhanced system architecture, a new speaker design, and an improved tuning process, delivering an immersive music experience within the RAV4.

The available JBL audio system boasts 11 speakers across 8 channels at 800 watts:

Two Horn Tweeters: Located in the A-pillar for optimal high-frequency performance.

HiD8 Amplifier: Next-generation amplifier delivering 800 watts of power.

Two Wide Dispersion Instrument Panel Speakers: Enhancing sound and alert functionality.

Two Wide Dispersion Front Door Speakers: Elevating sound quality for front passengers.

Ported Subwoofer with Enclosure: Providing powerful deep-bass response tucked away in the rear quarter.

Two Full Range Rear Door Speakers: Enhancing sound quality for rear passengers.

Clari-Fi Technology: Intelligently adjusts to every audio format, matching source quality with precise audio restoration.

The RAV4’s comprehensive multimedia setup, coupled with the advanced JBL audio system, ensures a superior in-car entertainment experience for drivers and passengers alike.

Toyota continues to lead the automotive industry in safety, and the all-new RAV4 sets a high standard by providing drivers and passengers with standard safety technologies, bringing Toyota closer to the ultimate goal of zero casualties from traffic accidents.

The RAV4 comes standard with TSS 2.0, the second generation of Toyota Safety Sense (TSS). This updated safety package introduces new active-safety technologies and capabilities to enhance protection. Here’s a breakdown of each technology:

Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection (PCS w/PD):
Capability to detect a preceding vehicle or pedestrian in daylight or low-light conditions, and now includes detection of daytime bicyclists.
Alerts the driver with audible and visual warnings and can apply brakes to help mitigate or avoid collisions using Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Brake Assist (BA), and Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB).

Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC):
Adaptive cruise control for highways/freeways operating at speeds between 0 to 110 mph.
Enables low-speed speed matching, stopping, and acceleration/deceleration relative to a preceding vehicle.
Enhanced speed, cut-in, and distance control, with Turn Signal Linked control for a more natural response.

Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist (LDA w/SA):
Can now detect the road’s edge in addition to visible lane markers and the vehicle’s position in the lane.
Provides audible and visual warnings to alert the driver of unintentional lane deviation. Steering Assist can provide small corrective steering inputs to help the driver stay within the lane.

Automatic High Beam (AHB):
Automatically activates and deactivates high beams based on driving conditions and preceding vehicle’s lights.

Lane Tracing Assist (LTA) – NEW:
Enabled when using DRCC, it recognizes lane markings or the path of a preceding vehicle. Actively tracks the center of the lane by providing hands-on steering assistance, reducing driver burden, especially in traffic or on long highway trips.

Road Sign Assist (RSA) – NEW:
Identifies Stop, Yield, Do Not Enter, and Speed Limit signs and provides visual and audible warnings displayed on the Multi-Information Display.

The 2019 RAV4 includes eight standard airbags and Toyota’s Star Safety System. Available safety technologies encompass Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) with Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA), Bird’s Eye View Camera, Intelligent Clearance Sonar (ICS), and Rear Cross Traffic Braking (RCTB) system. The RAV4 also features a standard backup camera and Electronic Parking Brake (EPB).

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