Toyota is updating the insanely in style RAV4 for the 2019 mannequin yr, which suggests it could possibly depart the shadow of the a lot newer Honda CR-V. That’s not a knock towards Toyota, as the firm provides a serviceable compact crossover that folks appear to actually love. Actually, the model bought 407,594 RAV4s in the United States final yr whereas Honda solely moved 377,895 CR-Vs.
However the excessive-quantity RAV4 is getting on in years. When Honda launched the up to date CR-V, the Toyota was already 5 years previous and starting to look just a little dated. Thankfully, a fifth-era mannequin is being readied for the 2018 New York Auto Present. Toyota even issued a shadowy teaser picture to whet our appetites.
Whereas the form doesn’t look like radically totally different from the present crossover, it’s rather more SUV-like general. Toyota is certainly shifting the mannequin’s styling in a brand new course. Sadly, the backlit picture obscures a lot of the vehicle’s finer features — making an in depth evaluation subsequent to inconceivable. Fortuitously, we’ve utilized excessive-finish photo manipulation software program to spice up the brightness and offer you a greater take a look at the upcoming RAV4.
Whoops. It will seem Toyota’s media division employed some photo trickery of its personal by blocking out every little thing however the prime fringe of the crossover’s silhouette. As a result, all we’ve managed to realize is an outline of how the new RAV4 may look in the opening microseconds of an atomic blast. It appears as if the car corporations have caught on to our digital tips.
That’s okay. We have already got camouflage-clad spy photographs of the fifth-era crossover, which show Toyota’s FT-AC Idea has had a serious affect on the car. The brand new RAV4 ought to have a blunted face, imposing grille, sharper angles, fewer curves, and squared-off wheel arches. It’s going to additionally swap to Toyota’s New International Structure — a platform already utilized by the Camry, Prius, CH-R, and (ultimately) almost each excessive-quantity compact-to-midsize vehicle in the model’s lineup.
Will the aggressive new styling selections flip off potential RAV4 clients? We extremely doubt it. Nevertheless, even when it does, these opposed will undoubtedly be handled to discount costs on the outgoing model after the 2019 mannequin yr makes its debut in New York at the finish of the month.
[Images: Toyota; Brian Williams/Spiedbilde]
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