You know the best-selling "car" in the U.S., behind three Pick-ups? Answer: the Toyota RAV4. Over 400,000 copies of the SUVS were able to settle the Japanese in the year 2017 in the United States. An important model for the brand. Now the fifth Generation in the framework of the auto show NYIAS in New York (30. March to 9. April 2018) will be presented.
The basis of the brand-new Toyota RAV4, the "New Global Architecture Platform", short-TNGA. It is already used by the C-HR and the next Auris. Toyota promises a more comfortable ride and better Handling. At the same time, the new RAV4 is supposed to be 57 per cent stiffer than its predecessor. And the Design? Quite pleasing with a shot of the VW Tiguan in the rear area. We turn to the facts: With 4.60 meters, the new Toyota RAV4 is not grown in length, it has increased but slightly in wheelbase and width. The passenger space to be more spacious and the trunk (with double loading floor).
In terms of engines, only the view through the US-glasses remains, for the time being. For the local market there is a 2.5-Liter four-cylinder and optional all-wheel drive. The conventional gasoline engine is coupled to an eight-speed automatic in conjunction with a hybrid drive it the transmission is a stepless CVT. The performance is silent, the previous RAV4 Hybrid brought it to 197 HP. Will be upgraded to the range of assistance systems, including a up to 180 km/h is active, adaptive cruise control, traffic sign recognition or lane guidance with steering assist. In the first quarter of 2019, the new Toyota RAV4 will arrive in Europe on the market.(rh)