Along with the standard gasoline versions, the company’s bestseller in a hybrid variant will come completely new as 2019 Toyota Rav4 Hybrid. The famous small SUV has been one of the segment leaders for years. Though, the current version is aging, so new versions are on their way. Another derivate from the new TNGA is about to come. Just like the new Camry, this model will also come with the optional electrified powertrain.
Expect to see many changes. The new platform will definitely bring various driving improvements, but the styling is always one of the most important aspects of the car. Such small crossovers usually attract buyers with their fancy appearance. Still, excellent driving characteristics are a must as well. Considering all this, we can’t wait to see the fifth generation of the famous SUV. Latest reports suggest it will come by the end of the year, as 2019 Rav4 Hybrid.
2019 Toyota Rav4 Hybrid redesign
People always have big expectations from Toyota’s model. A world’s No.1 car brand must provide nothing less than an excellent car. The current generation has been present for about six years. Compared to key rivals, it lacks in some aspects. This especially refers to driving characteristics. This crossover definitely needs better dynamics and new TNGA platform is about to provide them. We have seen how the new Camry good is in this aspect and expect to see the same with the new 2019 Toyota Rav4 Hybrid as well.
Just like in the current generation, relations between hybrid and base models will be tight. Except for the powertrain, everything else should be pretty much the same. This refers to dimensions, styling, interior etc. Speaking of styling, Toyota prepares a completely new look for 2019 Toyota Rav4 Hybrid.
2019 Toyota Rav4 Hybrid exterior and interior design
Since this is one of the company’s bestsellers, a failure is not an option. So, Toyota’s designers work very carefully on the new look. The test mule has been already spotted in California. Though, it is completely camouflaged. This leads us to the conclusion that there is still a lot of work to be done. Experts expect to see some influence of the amazingly-looking FT-AC. The 2019 Toyota Rav4 Hybrid definitely won’t feature such mighty look, but some cues are more than welcome. Despite a complete camouflage, we are sure that relationship between gasoline and hybrid models will be tight. These two models will feature pretty much the same styling, which will follow brand’s latest design language.
On the inside, expect to see a completely new layout. A new interior styling will include new dashboard design, which might take some of the elements from the new Camry.
2019 Toyota Rav4 Hybrid powertrain
Although completely redesigned, the 2019 Toyota Rav4 Hybrid will most likely continue with the same powertrain. To remind you, the current hybrid model came just three years ago. The new Camry Hybrid uses the same powertrain as well. All this indicate that engineers won’t put much attention on the powertrain. We don’t expect even minor power increase. So, expect to see a familiar system which combines a 2.5-liter gasoline engine with a powerful electric motor. While gasoline engine delivers around 176 horses and 163 pound-feet of torque, while the electric motor is good for about 118 horses and 149 pound-feet of twist. Due to different peak, combined output goes around 195 horsepower and 206 pound-feet. A familiar CVT with manual shifting mode will carry over as well. Speaking of fuel economy, it should be close to 50 mpg.
2019 Toyota Rav4 Hybrid release date and price
The 2019 Toyota Rav4 Hybrid should hit the market by the end of the year. We don’t expect some significant changes in price compared to current model. So, expect around 28.000 dollars for the base version.