The new mid-sized Toyota SUV will launch with a huge array of active safety equipment, regardless of trim. Options abound, with a total of 11 variants on offer.
Toyota Australia has announced further details about the upcoming 2019 RAV4, claiming it'll offer class-leading safety across the range.
Regardless of trim, the mid-sized SUV will come with adaptive cruise control, pre-collision safety system (autonomous emergency braking) with pedestrian/cyclist detection, lane-departure warning, road sign monitoring, and automatic high-beam as standard from the base model.
The RAV4 will also come with blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, a rear-view camera, parking sensors at both ends, and seven airbags.
Although the manual misses out, cars fitted with an automatic – torque converter or CVT, depending on model – will also include stop/go capability in the active cruise, and lane-keeping assist.
Toyota laid down a marker with its Corolla last year, offering its Safety Sense 2 suite standard across the range. It appears that wasn't a token gesture, and the entire range will eventually benefit from that focus on safety technology.
Moving on from safety, a total of 11 variants will be offered when the RAV4 arrives during the second quarter of 2019. Three powertrains, four trim grades and a choice of front- or all-wheel drive, along with the addition of an 'adventure' focused Edge, make up the model range.
The hybrid powertrain will be offered in three different flavours: entry-level GX, mid-range GXL, and range-topping Cruiser. All three will be offered with front- or all-wheel, taking the total number of electrified variants on offer to six.
Power comes from a 155kW hybrid setup, mated to an e-CVT.
Meanwhile, the entry powertrain is a 2.0-litre petrol engine making 127kW and 207Nm, hooked up to a six-speed manual or a CVT.
Finally, the Edge will be offered with a 2.5-litre petrol engine with 152kW and 243Nm, putting power to the road through a mechanical all-wheel drive system and conventional eight-speed torque converter automatic.
"The RAV4 was one of the original SUVs but customer tastes have changed and today, its popular appeal stems not just from its AWD capability, but its flexible, spacious interior and refined, car-like driving manners," said Sean Hanley, vice president of sales and marketing at Toyota Australia.
"With a choice of six different hybrid models, along with front-wheel drive petrol and the adventure-focused AWD Edge variants, Toyota is giving customers a chance to re-discover the RAV4 in a whole new light as a highly efficient, refined and versatile SUV to provide for all lifestyles and needs."
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