Euro-market crossover gives a closer look at what to expect for Australia
The 2019 Toyota RAV4 has been revealed in European-market guise following its global debut at last week's New York motor show.
Compared to the US version, the Euro-spec RAV4 features subtle design changes like revised headlights with integrated LED daytime-running lights, likely previewing what to expect for the Australian model when it arrives sometime next year.
Other noticeable changes are harder to discern, though it does appear the steering wheel of the Euro-market RAV4 features a smaller centre cap than its American equivalent, combined with longer and thinner bottom spokes.
Top: Euro-spec Toyota RAV4, Bottom: US-spec Toyota RAV4 (interiors)
Like its North American counterpart, the European RAV4 will offer the new 2.5-litre petrol-electric hybrid powertrain, along with a new 2.0-litre petrol engine – the US-spec uses a larger 2.5-litre petrol engine.
The latter will also be available with either a manual or automatic transmission, where the US version is eight-speed auto or CVT only depending on powertrain.
Under the skin, however, is the same Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform that promises a more dynamic driving experience, along with the range of new all-wheel drive systems depending on engine variant.
Where the European market has a confirmed launch date of Q1 2019 for the all-new RAV4, Australia at this stage will get the new crossover at some point during next year – a firm launch date hasn't been set.
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