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Toyota RAV4: this is it!

Toyota RAV4: this is it!

Well, kind of. That's probably how Toyota will market its butched-up 2019 RAV4.

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.

As for some of the engine options, the RAV4 can come equipped with Toyota's 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with an eight-speed auto transmission, or 2.5-liter four-cylinder hybrid engine and four different hybrid modes. It's also slightly wider and just a bit shorter than the present RAV4. Design elements for the new 2019 Toyota RAV4 are based on the words "Adventure" and "Refined", the company says, with a stronger front fascia and nose flanked by more robust fenders to create a more SUV-like look. It can send 50% of engine torque to rear wheels as well as apportion it between left and right rear wheels to improve handling, the automaker says. The new AWD system can also disconnect the rear axle entirely for better on-road performance and fuel economy, using the world's first ratchet-type dog clutch on the wheel shafts to stop rotation of the driveshaft.

The Trail edition, which features a more rugged-looking exterior, includes Dynamic torque vectoring all-wheel drive as standard, which is also provided on the high-end Limited edition of the conventional RAV4.

Following the new Avalon and Corolla hatchback, the RAV4 becomes the third vehicle in Toyota's lineup to get Apple CarPlay. An 8-speed automatic transmission replaces last year's 6-speed.

Of course, the five-door iM was introduced in Canada for the 2016 model year under the Scion banner, but after the brand disappeared, the auto moved over to Toyota. Toyota hasn't said just how much power it will offer, but a representative for the automaker told The Car Connection to expect a 15-percent increase over the current model's 176 horsepower. Higher-spec RAV4s see that screen grow to 8.0 inches, while a separate TFT display is available in the instrument cluster. Black Softex faux leather and blue trim decorate the XSE Hybrid's interior.

"The combination of Toyota's latest hybrid system and a new Dynamic Force petrol engine will deliver impressive power output and exceptional energy efficiency", Mr Hanley said.

As many as five USB ports are available inside the CUV, and there is an optional 11-speaker, 800-watt JBL audio system. The latter will center the auto in its lane by guiding itself with the painted lines or by following the vehicle ahead. But there will not be a diesel version of this RAV4 in Europe or anywhere else for that matter as Toyota has committed to phasing out diesel from its range completely by the end of this year.

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