With the wraps to come off the fifth-generation 2019 RAV4 on 28 March, Toyota has whetted the appetite for its arrival with a shadowy teaser image revealing the car’s side profile. We can see that the front end of the car will be much taller with a squarer front end, while the rear window is much more steeply raked.
Though the teaser gives little away, it does tally nicely with previous spy shots of the next RAV4, caught undergoing assessment in California. Though masked off heavily, the overall shape of the vehicle spotted by our spy photographers lines up with the teaser image, and beneath the masking we can spot design cues taken from the FT-AC concept revealed at the Los Angeles Motor Show late last year.
With the current model coming up on five years on sale, the new RAV4 will boast not only a comprehensive redesign but big changes under the skin. It’ll get all new underpinnings, making use of the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform underpinning the Prius, CH-R and the new Auris.
As such, two hybrid options could be on the table – the 1.8-litre 120bhp plug-in popular on the Prius, and the new 2.0-litre 177bhp configuration arriving on the next Auris. A regular petrol engine without hybrid assistance is likely to feature as well, being the same 1.2-litre turbo unit found in the new Auris and the CH-R.