NYIAS Goes Wild Over the Adventurous All-New 2019 Toyota RAV4

The fifth generation of the celebrated compact SUV debuted to fanfare at the New York International Auto Show, and given what our automaker unveiled, the new RAV4 crossover surely turned a few heads in our Denison, TX Toyota dealer showroom.

Preliminary glimpses indicate an exciting turn toward a design more dynamic and off-road-capable than ever, built on the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform and showcasing a 57-percent-more-rigid unibody chassis alongside a tuned multi-link rear suspension. Factor in a ground clearance gain of more than half an inch and the stage is set for heading off the beaten path. It looks like getting there will be a matter of course, too, thanks to two engine builds -- a Dynamic Force 2.5-liter in-line four-cylinder, and a Toyota Hybrid System II (THS II) variant in hybrid models, the former paired with eight-speed Direct-Shift auto and the latter offering an electronically controlled continuously variable transmission (ECVT).

What really captured our attention, however, was the availability of Dynamic Torque Vectoring All-Wheel Drive with a Rear Driveline Disconnect, capable of transferring up to 50 percent of the engine's torque to the SUV's rear wheels, distributing it likewise to between the left and right for precision handling. We can also expect to find a hybrid variant thereof in optional All-Wheel Drive with Intelligence (AWD-i). Go RAV4 Adventure, and you look to gain Multi-Terrain Select, too, a drive settings system capable of optimizing traction through snow, mud, and sand as well as across rocks. What's more, accompanying the cutting-edge Toyota Star Safety System is Toyota Safety Sense (TSS) 2.0, with Lane Tracing Assist and Road Sign Assist coming new for 2019, offering improved lane tracking capabilities and visual and audible warnings about local driving requirements.

But the new 2019 RAV4 will offer ample amenities for the trip as well, from front-row and panoramic moonroof options and a newly-designed 7-inch Multi-Information Display (MID) for important driving metrics readouts to a Digital Display Rearview Mirror mated to a high-mount, adjustable wide-angle, high-definition camera for enhanced visibility of vehicles and objects behind you. The compact crossover's also set to provide the choice between 7- and 8-inch Entune 3.0 multimedia touchscreen systems, featuring available Wi-Fi Connect powered by Verizon, hands-free Amazon Alexa access, and standard Apple CarPlay compatibility for smartphone integration. Factor in an available 11-speaker, 800-watt JBL audio system, and you can expect your favorite road-trip soundtrack to become a symphony.

Stay tuned for more updates as they become available near the SUV's release at the end of 2018 and in early 2019. Until then, take a ride out to visit us here at Classic Toyota of Texoma and see for yourself with a test drive why RAV4 is the number-one-selling vehicle in the new Toyota lineup. We're located here at 1920 N US Highway 75, just down the road from Plano, McKinney, Gainesville, TX and Durant, OK!

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