This is the first of three blog articles focusing on important characteristics of the new 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid. Following articles will concentrate on the SUV’s comfort and convenience features, as well as its powertrains and performance.
2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid: concept and design
The TNGA platform was of great benefit to Toyota’s designers in their mission to give the new RAV4 a strong SUV character and styling that sets it apart from other models in its segment. The fact that TNGA introduces so many standardised parts simplified the development process, giving the designers more time and scope to create an all-new look, inside and out.
The exterior lines and detailing in the cabin are influenced by polygonal shapes, communicating strength and coherence. The powerful design combines with the self-charging hybrid electric powertrain to give the new RAV4 the stand-out qualities required to attract customers in a highly competitive marketplace.
Key elements in generating this impact include ground clearance raised by 15mm, large diameter wheels, and making the car suitable for multiple types of use.
The exterior look is powerful and individual, with a solid form that offers the sense of a strong mass and authentic SUV capabilities. At the front the emphasis is on width and strength with extra volume added to the lower bumper section. A similar effect is applied at the rear, where the horizontal line created by the tail lights and back window angles sharply downwards at each edge. This draws the eye towards the rear wheels and expresses the polygon design influence.
The cabin is characterised by high sensory quality throughout and precision execution. Soft-touch surfaces abound, including the dashboard and door panels. Consistent patterns, textures, colours and ambient lighting are applied, with symmetrical shapes and use of the polygon motif seen in the Toyota FT-AC concept model. The switchgear is new, too, with cleanly integrated buttons and pleasingly tactile controls, such as the dial to adjust the air conditioning.
The low-set instrument panel – a further benefit of the TNGA platform – has powerful horizontal lines that flow into the door panels. These emphasise the cabin’s generous width and give the driver a clearer view of the road ahead. A larger, open centre console between the front seats is in keeping with a welcoming yet functional SUV interior. Special attention was paid to providing plenty of useful and easily accessible storage for the driver and front passenger.
The TNGA platform helps secure impressive cabin space, best-in-class load space and all-round comfort. Reducing the front and rear overhangs by a combined 35mm means the new model is shorter overall (now 4,600mm) and retains its agile manoeuvrability. Yet the wheelbase has been increased by 30mm to secure a more spacious cabin.
To add to the new model’s purposeful, wide stance, overall width has grown by 10mm and the front and rear tracks have been increased. At the same time, overall height has been brought down by 10mm.
Please note that UK specifications and details will be confirmed nearer to launch.