This is the second of three blog articles focusing on important characteristics of the new 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid. We have already examined the vehicle’s concept and design, while the final article will concentrate on the SUV’s powertrains and performance.
2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid: comfort and convenience
Securing better all-round visibility was a key consideration in the design process of RAV4. The TNGA platform allows the bonnet to sit 15mm lower, adding two degrees to the driver’s field of vision, while the external mirrors have been moved to a lower position on the front doors. The front pillars are slimmer, the belt line has been lowered and the rearward view from the driver’s seat has been improved by enlarging the rear side windows.
The new TNGA chassis allows for a more engaging driving position, without detracting from the commanding view of the road that’s a defining quality of SUVs. The driver’s hip point has been lowered by 15mm but the range of steering wheel adjustment has been increased by 50%. Together with a generous seat adjustment range and precise positioning of the pedals and armrest, this ensures more customers will be able to find their ideal driving position.
Comfort for rear seat passengers has been improved with 40mm greater width, more spacious rear foot wells and two air vents. Increasing the opening angle of the rear doors and reducing the distance from the hip point to the sill makes it easier to get in and out of the vehicle, or access child seats.
The load space behind the rear seats has been made larger and more user-friendly, thanks to a fully flat floor and a length extended by 60mm to secure best-in-class capacity, 79 litres more than the current RAV4. With the rear seats folded down, the new RAV4 can accommodate a 29-inch mountain bike without needing to remove any wheels.
There is a height-adjustable, two-level deck board that can be reversed when dirty items need to be carried. The rear seats have a 60:40 split-folding function and there are storage nets on each side of the boot. Details include a hand grip on the tailgate that can serve as a hanger and a power-operated tailgate with hands-free function.
2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid: equipment
The new RAV4 will offer generous equipment specifications across its range in Europe, with all models equipped as standard with the latest iteration of Toyota Safety Sense. Further features that will be available include a power-operated panoramic roof and up to five USB ports around the cabin for the connection of multiple devices.
Even at entry level, the check-list will include 17-inch alloy wheels, roof rails, LED headlights, push-button start, a seven-inch display audio and 4.2-inch TFT multi-information display. Features such as 18-inch alloys, smart entry, extensive soft touch cabin trims, larger display screens, leather upholstery, projector LED headlights, rear privacy glass and a power-operated tailgate will also be available.
Further premium features which will be available on the new RAV4 include a Panoramic View Monitor, which provides the driver with a real-time 360-degree view of the area immediately around the vehicle, including a bird’s eye aspect from above. This is of value both off-road, to better negotiate tricky terrain, and when manoeuvring in confined spaces where hazards can lurk outside the driver’s line of sight.
The spacious cabin can be further enhanced with an opening panoramic sunroof. Where on-board entertainment is concerned, Toyota has worked with premium audio partner JBL to deliver a high-quality, immersive experience. The tailor-made JBL audio system will deliver concert sound quality through its nine-speaker architecture. It features JBL’s signature Horn Tweeters, a new, powerful subwoofer and an amplifier with Clari-Fi digital music restoration technology.
Please note that UK specifications and details will be confirmed nearer to launch.