A new more off-road friendly variant of Toyota's mid-sized SUV, said to be inspired by the company's rallying efforts, has been unveiled in Chicago.

The Toyota RAV4 TRD Off-Road has made its debut at the 2019 Chicago motor show.

Power comes from a 2.5-litre four-cylinder Dynamic Force engine making 151kW of power. It's hooked up to an eight-speed automatic, and a torque vectoring all-wheel drive setup capable of shifting up to 50 per cent of the engine's torque to the rear wheels.

According to Toyota, the RAV4 TRD Off-Road has a suspension setup benefitting from the brand's rally program. Changes include re-valved twin-tube shock absorbers, new bump stops, and unique red coil springs tuned for off-road use.

The crossover rides on black 18-inch wheels with Falken Wildpeak A/T Trail all-terrain tyres. Hill start assist, trailer sway control, and downhill assist are standard.

Exterior paint colours include red, white, black and two different shades of grey. A contrasting white roof is available.

Like the Adventure trim line it's based on, the TRD Off-Road has tall roof rails, larger wheel arch protectors, a more aggressive grille and bumper design, and 218mm worth of ground clearance.

Inside the cabin there are seats covered in SofTex faux leather and headrests featuring TRD logo embroidery. There's also red trim and stitching, and TRD-branded all-weather floor and cargo mats.

Australia

The Toyota RAV4 TRD Off-Road arrives in American showrooms during the third quarter of 2019.

Toyota Australia issued the following statement:

Any future performance models or sport variants launched locally will be branded under GR (GAZOO Racing)."

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