Like the Corolla hatchback also on display at the NY show, the RAV4 gets the second version of Toyota's Safety Sense suite of advanced driver-assist technologies that includes new lane-tracing and road-sign recognition systems in addition to more standard fare such as lane-departure alert and pre-collision warning.
The angular SUV continues the bold styling theme of recent Toyotas, bringing some much-needed flair to what can be a conservative part of the new auto market. There should be a video in there for you as Toyota is being quite generous by showing not only the regular model, but also the thrifty XSE Hybrid, the rugged Adventure grade, and the fancy Limited trim. In photos, the vehicle now has a taller, less wedge-like front end, while D-pillars are more steeply raked.
Unfortunately for fans of the original model, the RAV4 has lost much of its initial identity (established on the first and second generations) in terms of styling. The good news continues as the engineers also fiddled with the multi-link rear suspension to boost damping and handling, while diminishing the noise that enters the cabin.
Manoeuvrability has always been a virtue of the RAV4 and this has not been compromised in the new design.
Toyota has revealed little about what lies under the hood of the Corolla Hatchback, although we do know the engine will be of a 2.0L 4-cylinder variety.
The all-new RAV4, which will debut at the New York International Auto Show, is wider and lower than the previous version, with improved ground clearance and aerodynamics. This model's direct predecessor started life under the Scion iM nameplate, but after Toyota axed its youth brand, it absorbed the model into its portfolio, rechristening it Corolla iM.
The Hybrid also has a new AWD system that can send 30-per-cent more power to the electrically driven rear wheels than before.
The RAV4 is available with two engine options: a conventional 2.5-litre petrol and a hybrid 2.5-litre petrol unit.
The latest version of Toyota's Entune infotainment system finally gets Apple CarPlay smartphone projection technology.
The new RAV4 also comes standard with Toyota's TSS 2.0, which has advanced features like pre-collision warning with pedestrian detection, radar cruise control, lane departure warning with steer assist, automatic high beams, lane tracing assist and road sign assist.
The 2019 RAV4 won't go on sale until late this year, probably December, while its hybrid version will be available next February or March.