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Toyota expands its standard CarPlay offerings with 2019 RAV4 and Corolla Hatchback

29 March, 2018, 02:27 | Author: Arnold Gilbert
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The new-generation Toyota RAV4 has been revealed ahead of its Australian debut in early 2019, with the revamped mid-sized SUV bringing a far more robust design to the Toyota SUV stable.

The new-generation Toyota RAV4 built on the company's "Toyota New Global Architecture" a.k.a. TNGA platform, which now underpins the new Camry, Prius, C-HR, and the recently unveiled Corolla hatchback.

The RAV4 is Toyota's best-selling vehicle in Canada, with sales of more than 50,000 past year. There should be a video in there for you as Toyota is being quite generous by showing not only the regular model, but also the thrifty XSE Hybrid, the rugged Adventure grade, and the fancy Limited trim. Other updates include new upholstery, and revised interiors along with small add-ons like - USB ports, wireless phone chargers, and an optional 800-watt JBL sound system. (5 mm), as Toyota resists the size creep that has afflicted so many C-size crossovers. Called "Dynamic Force", the new 4-cylinder powers either the front or all four wheels through an 8-speed automatic transmission on the five gas-only models. The Dynamic Torque Vectoring AWD also works together with the Multi Terrain-Select feature for true off-road capabilities.

However, Toyota Canada is in the process of retooling its North Plant in Cambridge, Ont., in order to also build the RAV4 as it moves Corolla production there to the United States.

Without mentioning numbers, Toyota says the new RAV4 offers better rear-seat width and legroom, both of which were excellent before.

All 2019 RAV4s will come standard with Entune 3.0 connectivity and Apple CarPlay, and with Toyota's Safety Sense 2.0 driver's assistance features.

The petrol will use an eight-speed automatic transmission, while the hybrid version will use a continuously variable transmission (CVT) auto.

The 2.0-litre D-4D on the current RAV4 engine line-up will not be carried over or replaced, in line with Toyota's announcement at the Geneva Motor Show that it will have no diesel passenger cars on sale in Europe by the end of this year.

The model's first top-to-bottom redesign in more than half a decade is coming for USA showrooms with updates the carmaker is betting will cement its lead in the surging small sport utility vehicle segment Toyota pioneered. Its suspension is sport-tuned, but Toyota says it will deliver "a civilized, quiet ride".

The standard Safety Sense system - which includes automatic emergency brakes and adaptive cruise control that works between 0 and 110 miles per hour - is getting a lane tracing system that allows for hands-on self-steering between the lane markers, and can follow the auto in front of it for the short moments that it loses sight of them, as long as you keep a hand touching the wheel to let it know you're paying attention.

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