New Toyota RAV4 SUV displayed

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Toyota has shown a new and much tougher-looking RAV4. On show in New York, the Toyota New Global Architecture platform-based SUV has been launched with one hybrid option and one petrol variant. No diesel model will be shaped, as per Toyota’s plans to phase out oil-burning models before the end of 2018 globally. The entry-level powerplant at launch is a 2.0-litre petrol. No specifications have been revealed as of yet, but it’s likely to build on the four-pot motor of the same capacity in the outgoing RAV4 that offers 191.3. The new car features an updated all-wheel drive system that can disconnect the rear axle to improve fuel economy.

Next up is a 2.5-litre petrol engine that works with an electric motor. Like the 2.0-litre unit, no numbers for the hybrid option have been released, but it will better than the one on offer in today’s version. The 2019 RAV4’s more muscular new look is emphasised by squared-off wheel arches and shorter overhangs than the current car. Inside, there’s a plusher cabin that gets a centrally mounted infotainment system above a cleanly designed console. The Toyota RAV4 takes on the Jeep Compass and the Nissan X-Trail internationally.

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