2019 Toyota RAV4 Teased Ahead of Big Apple Debut

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2019 Toyota RAV4

This singular, shadowy image previews what promises to be a much-improved, all-new RAV4.

In this crossover-crazed world of ours, it goes without saying that the redesigned 2019 Toyota RAV4 is an incredibly important vehicle for the automaker. Especially when you consider the fact that the RAV4 hasn’t received a complete redesign since way back in 2013. Despite only being treated to minor changes over the years, however, the RAV4 became America’s best-selling non-pickup in 2017, smashing multiple records along the way.

2018 Toyota RAV4

Toyota no doubt understands the RAV4’s importance to the American market. Which is why it has chosen to debut the all-new crossover at the 2018 New York Auto Show on March 28. To get us all riled up and excited about it, they even released a teaser image of the new rig. Obviously, you can’t see much in the shadowy picture. But the overall look does appear more SUV-like than before with upright body panels and a raked rear window.

Other than that, it’s anybody’s guess as to how the new RAV4 will differ from the outgoing model. Chances are obviously good that we’ll see more power than the current 2.5-liter inline-four’s output of 176 hp and 172 lb-ft of torque. The old 6-speed automatic will likely be replaced by a new 8-speed unit. And fuel economy figures to go up, too.

2018 Toyota RAV4

We won’t have to wait long to find out just how high the new ‘ute raises the bar, of course. Toyota undoubtedly knows how incredibly stiff competition is in the crossover market, so we’re expecting significant improvements. And you can see them for yourself, even if you aren’t lucky enough to make it to New York. Check out the unveiling of the all-new RAV4 by vising Toyota’s official live feed at 9:10 EDT on March 28!

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Brett Foote has been covering the automotive industry for over five years and is a longtime contributor to Internet Brands’ Auto Group sites, including Chevrolet Forum, Rennlist, and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, among other popular sites.

He has been an automotive enthusiast since the day he came into this world and rode home from the hospital in a first-gen Mustang, and he's been wrenching on them nearly as long.

In addition to his expertise writing about cars, trucks, motorcycles, and every other type of automobile, Brett had spent several years running parts for local auto dealerships.

You can follow along with his builds and various automotive shenanigans on Instagram: @bfoote.

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