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Beyond Journey: Toyota’s RAV4 – Sure, the RAV4 – Gets the TRD Treatment

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After final yr’s Camry and Avalon shock, it ought to come as no shock that Toyota’s eager to broaden TRD branding past its physique-on-body trucks and SUVs. Frankly, the automaker ran out of BOF automobiles to tune for the path.

Enter the RAV4, redesigned for 2019 and nonetheless nobody’s concept of a hardcore off-roader. Whereas that impression could also be legitimate, Toyota’s no less than making an effort to show up the brawn on the household-pleasant crossover.

Would this derisively nicknamed “soccer mother-cellular” have any hope of delivering a Uruguayan rugby workforce to safety after a dangerous journey by means of the Andes? Uncertain, no matter the spectacular (and suggestive) backdrop seen in Toyota’s press pictures.

Getting into the scene as a 2020 mannequin, the RAV4 TRD Off-Street carries the similar powertrain seen in different non-hybrid trims — a 2.5-liter inline-4 making 203 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque, mated to an eight-velocity automated. Toyota designers added to the mannequin’s newly ornery appears with a beneficiant slathering of black exterior trim. Naturally, the barely extra butch RAV4 Journey was used as a place to begin.

So, what makes this mannequin a TRD, you ask? Properly, not the Dynamic Torque Vectoring All-Wheel Drive (discovered on each the RAV4 Restricted and Journey), nor the eight.6 inches of floor clearance (additionally shared with the Journey). These attributes assist the vehicle’s mission, however it’s in the legs the place TRD DNA could be discovered.

Peer into the wheels wells and also you’ll see pink coil springs tuned for off-street journey, matched with re-valved twin-tube shocks that includes new inner rebound springs. New bump stops be a part of the fray, serving to the crossover keep away from getting too wild in these … adventurous … off-pavement moments. Filling the wells are 18×7-inch matte black TRD alloy wheels shod with Falken Wildpeak A/T Path all-terrain tires. This meaty rubber is  Extreme Snow Rated and would have come in useful in your writer final week.

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For circumstances the place you’ll really need 4-wheel traction, Toyota’s Multi-Terrain Choose presents a selection of drive modes: Mud & Sand, Rock & Filth, and Snow. Hill Begin Help Management, Trailer Sway Management, and Downhill Help Management completes the package deal.

Including to peace of thoughts is the similar Toyota Security Sense (TSS 2.zero) package deal discovered on all RAV4s, joined by blind spot monitoring, rear cross-visitors alert, and rear cross-visitors braking. Occupants of this vehicle gained’t miss its TRD affiliation — indicators pop up in all places, from the pink trim and stitching to the racing arm’s acronym displayed on the SofTex headrests.

Given the suspension and wheel upgrades added to what’s primarily an Journey-trimmed RAV4, anticipate the TRD Off-Street model to leapfrog the Restricted in price, which at present sits $600 larger than the Journey at the prime of the pricing ladder. A cash maker since day one, the RAV4  — which bought 427,one hundred seventy (!) models final yr — will proceed to generate boffo income for Toyota, now much more so.

Official pricing should wait till nearer to the 2020 mannequin’s on-sale date.

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