The new-generation Toyota RAV4 built on the company's "Toyota New Global Architecture" a.k.a. TNGA platform, which now underpins the new Camry, Prius, C-HR, and the recently unveiled Corolla hatchback.
Toyota says the new chassis is 57 percent more rigid and sees the new RAV4 gaining extra inches when it comes to wheelbase (105.9 in) and width (73 in). All-wheel drive will be limited to gasoline-only models in Limited and Adventure trim levels.
The RAV4 Adventure model has a bulkier look than the regular model, with high roof-rails, wheel-arch extensions and a more aggressive grille.
A new 2.5 litre petrol hybrid will be available RAV4 when it arrives in the United Kingdom in 2019, and you'll also be able to opt for Toyota's new 2.0 litre petrol too and, we're assuming, Toyota's new CVT gearbox, at least as an option. A new 2.0-litre petrol engine will also be available, with a choice of manual or automatic transmissions.
Toyota first introduced the RAV4 in the mid-1990s as a small, cheap alternative to hulking SUVs such as its own 4Runner and Ford Motor Co.'s Explorer.
One of its three AWD systems along with a more traditional arrangement and Toyota's AWD-i hybrid setup generates 30 %more torque for the electrically driven rear wheels.
On the tech front, Toyota has included its latest Entune 3.0 infotainment system on all models.
Engine-wise, the new family SUV will be sold with a petrol and a hybrid option.
The model's first top-to-bottom redesign in more than half a decade is coming for US showrooms with updates the carmaker is betting will cement its lead in the surging small sport utility vehicle segment Toyota pioneered.
A 2.0-liter petrol engine will therefore be the standard powerplant in non-hybrid variants, although no hard facts about its power and performance have yet been revealed. Considering this, the RAV4 isn't just Toyota's most loved offering, but it has given Toyota that much sales and revenue too. 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. Its suspension is sport-tuned, but Toyota says it will deliver "a civilized, quiet ride". Toyota's Safety Sense 2.0 - which adds pre-collision braking with pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warnings with steering assist, lane tracing, road sign assist, and automatic high beams is now standard like other Toyota models.