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2019 Toyota RAV4 to feature active-safety across range…hybrid confirmed

The 2019 Toyota RAV4 will go on-sale here towards the middle of this year, with Toyota committing to the 11-model range featuring standard active safety.

The all-new Toyota RAV4 will go on-sale here towards the middle of the year with the Japanese car maker saying the SUV will follow the Corolla and offer active safety as standard across the range.

Read Practical Motoring’s first drive review of the all-new Toyota RAV4.

According to Toyota, each of the 11 models in the line-up will offer active cruise control (ACC), pre-collision safety system (PCS) with pedestrian detection, daylight cyclist detection, road sign assist, lane departure alert and automatic high beam.

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Those vehicles equipped with either an automatic or CVT will add all-speed active cruise control that includes a lane keep function when the ACC is active. Toyota added that blind-spot monitor, rear cross-traffic alert, reversing camera, front and rear parking sensors and seven airbags would also feature on RAV4.

Toyota Australia’s vice president sales and marketing Sean Hanley said,  “Safety has always been a top priority for Toyota and in the all-new RAV4, we are delivering highly advanced technologies to assist drivers and help protect occupants and other road users.

“These features will ensure the RAV4 provides our customers with the very highest levels of active and passive safety in its class and they are not just limited to the higher grade models.

“Providing exceptional safety performance is vital for all customers so we have made all of our Toyota Safety Sense features standard across the range from the entry level front-wheel drive GX to the adventure-oriented AWD Edge model,” he said.

When the new RAV4 arrives Down Under there will be 11 models to choose from across four grades in both front- and all-wheel drive, including a hybrid. The hybrid models will feature a 155kW 2.5-litre petrol-electric drivetrain mated to a CVT. 

Three front-wheel drive hybrid models will be offered in entry-level GX, mid-range GXL and premium Cruiser grades, together with three electric-AWD models with the same GX, GXL and Cruiser model names.

The new RAV4 will also be available in a “single model Edge grade that features more rugged exterior styling and an “adventure” focus”. This is an exclusive all-wheel drive model with a 2.5-litre petrol engine making 152kW and 243Nm of torque running through an eight-speed automatic.

At the entry level are the front-wheel drive 127kW/207Nm 2.0-litre petrol models offered in GX, GXL and Cruiser grades. The GX will be available with a choice of an intelligent six-speed manual gearbox or an innovative CVT with launch gear. Both GXL and Cruiser models are fitted with the CVT as standard.


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Isaac Bober

Isaac Bober

Isaac Bober was born in the shadow of Mount Panorama in Bathurst and, so, it was inevitable he’d fall into work as a motoring writer. He began his motoring career in 2000 reviewing commercial vehicles, before becoming editor of Caravan & Motorhome magazine. He then moved to MOTOR Magazine before going freelance and contributing to Overlander 4WD, 4×4 Australia, TopGear Australia, Men’s Health, Men’s Fitness, The Australian, CARSguide, and many more.