Toyota announced today that the 2019 RAV4 compact crossover will be unveiled at the New York Auto Show later this month.
Entering its fifth generation, the revamped RAV4 will sit on Toyota’s TGNA platform, which currently underpins the latest Camry, Prius, and C-HR and will likely serve as the foundation for most of the automaker’s cars in the future.
Last redesigned in 2013, the RAV4 has enjoyed being Toyota’s best-selling vehicle in America, but it now ages behind recently revamped competitors such as the Chevrolet Equinox, Honda CR-V and Mazda CX-5.
Expected to draw inspiration from the FT-AC concept first unveiled at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show, the new RAV4 should get a more rugged appearance. On the FT-AC concept, the aggressive RAV4 headlights meet a rugged, truck-like grille similar to the Tacoma TRD Pro.
Also on the concept, large, quadrangle fog lights could be detached and used as portable lights. If the off-road-ruggedness inspiration wasn’t obvious enough, the concept sat on chunky 20-inch wheels with blocky all-season tires.
Gallery: 2018 Toyota RAV4 Adventure Photos
How far the production RAV4 will stray from the FT-AC concept remains to be seen, but the expectation right now is that the hybrid model will carry over, along with available all-wheel drive. Those who hope to see the V6 stick around might not want to hold their breath, as more and more automakers have strayed away from the gas-guzzling engine in favor of turbo fours.
The 2019 Toyota RAV4 will officially debut at the New York Auto Show on Wednesday, March 28 at 9:10 a.m.
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