Toyota has announced that it will unveil the fifth-generation of its popular RAV4 SUV later this month at the New York Auto Show.

The Japanese manufacturer has revealed little information about the new model, with only one teaser image being released.

In the teaser, it appears to show a more upmarket model, with a longer profile similar to that of the NX/RX SUVs, from Toyota’s premium brand Lexus. It also shows the new model having a far sleeker profile, as well as sloping rear windows.

Design cues have noticeably been taken from last year’s FT-AC concept unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

The current Toyota RAV4 went on sale in 2013, with a refreshed model hitting showrooms in 2016. However, the current model has always suffered for its agricultural image, and while this might have sold cars in the past, it’s no longer what most SUV buyers look for. For this reason, Toyota is expected to encapsulate on the success of premium rivals with the 2019 car.

Toyota has already announced that no diesel engines will be fitted to any of its UK road cars (minus the Land Cruiser) after this year, which means the line-up will be limited to petrol and hybrid powertrains.

It is thought that it will be built on Toyota’s new TGNA (Toyota New Global Architecture) platform that underpins the C-HR, Prius and the new Auris, which was revealed at last week’s Geneva Motor Show.

March 28 is the date when it will be publicly unveiled at the 2018 New York Auto Show.

Ted Welford


March 14, 2018