"RAV4 is exceeding our expectations, becoming our sales leader past year with more than 400,000 sales", Bill Fay, head of US sales for the Toyota brand, said at an industry conference in ny ahead of Wednesday's reveal.
Long story short, the 2019 Toyota Corolla is all-new and will ride on the company's TNGA platform, which also underpins the Toyota Prius, the Toyota Camry and the Toyota C-HR, among other models. They have changed the style and design of the new RAV4 SUV and given it a more rugged and chiseled look by omitting the soft lines of the current RAV4.
In its blue paint with a white roof, the new RAV4 is nearly paying homage to the old FJ models. 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. As a result, it is wider, lower and roomier - Toyota says the back seat has better legroom than before, and that's despite the fact it isn't any bigger than the fourth-generation RAV4 that preceded it. The "Dynamic Force" powertrains use an eight-speed automatic transmission or a CVT on the hybrid. The RAV4 also comes with three AWD systems with a more traditional arrangement and Toyota's AWD-i hybrid setup that now creates 30 percent more torque for the electrically driven rear wheels. Also, the same powertrain is used for the second generation hybrid system as well as for the continuously variable transmission.
Toyota named Zack Hicks to head its new Digital Transformation and Mobility unit, which will oversee shared mobility, connectivity services, over-the-air upgrades and future business opportunities.
On the tech front, Toyota has included its latest Entune 3.0 infotainment system on all models. Toyota says in the news release that this allows the vehicle to send 50 percent of the torque to its rear wheels or distribute to either the left or right side. Toyota operates two assembly plants in Canada, in Woodstock and nearby Cambridge, but isn't saying yet where the hybrid will be built.
French police probe anti-Semitic motive in killing of Holocaust survivor
Although their names have not been released, French authorities do say they have two suspects in custody, ages 22 and 29. Leading Jewish group CRIF said the 85-year-old woman was slain last week in Paris' eastern 11th district.
As with the USA version, the Euro-spec RAV4 will be offered with a choice of two powertrain options.
Toyota USA is only planning the sale of the all-new RAV4 from end of this year, starting with the petrol engine.
All trims come standard with Toyota Safety Sense 2.0, a suite of features including automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, intelligent cruise control, lane-departure warning, lane-keep assist, and even auto high beams.