Explore the new 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid: design

This is the first of three blog articles focusing on important characteristics of the new 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid. Following articles will concentrate on the SUV’s comfort and convenience features, as well as its powertrains and performance.

2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid: concept and design

The TNGA platform was of great benefit to Toyota’s designers in their mission to give the new RAV4 a strong SUV character and styling that sets it apart from other models in its segment. The fact that TNGA introduces so many standardised parts simplified the development process, giving the designers more time and scope to create an all-new look, inside and out.

The exterior lines and detailing in the cabin are influenced by polygonal shapes, communicating strength and coherence. The powerful design combines with the self-charging hybrid electric powertrain to give the new RAV4 the stand-out qualities required to attract customers in a highly competitive marketplace.

Key elements in generating this impact include ground clearance raised by 15mm, large diameter wheels, and making the car suitable for multiple types of use.

The exterior look is powerful and individual, with a solid form that offers the sense of a strong mass and authentic SUV capabilities. At the front the emphasis is on width and strength with extra volume added to the lower bumper section. A similar effect is applied at the rear, where the horizontal line created by the tail lights and back window angles sharply downwards at each edge. This draws the eye towards the rear wheels and expresses the polygon design influence.

The cabin is characterised by high sensory quality throughout and precision execution. Soft-touch surfaces abound, including the dashboard and door panels. Consistent patterns, textures, colours and ambient lighting are applied, with symmetrical shapes and use of the polygon motif seen in the Toyota FT-AC concept model. The switchgear is new, too, with cleanly integrated buttons and pleasingly tactile controls, such as the dial to adjust the air conditioning.

The low-set instrument panel – a further benefit of the TNGA platform – has powerful horizontal lines that flow into the door panels. These emphasise the cabin’s generous width and give the driver a clearer view of the road ahead. A larger, open centre console between the front seats is in keeping with a welcoming yet functional SUV interior. Special attention was paid to providing plenty of useful and easily accessible storage for the driver and front passenger.

The TNGA platform helps secure impressive cabin space, best-in-class load space and all-round comfort. Reducing the front and rear overhangs by a combined 35mm means the new model is shorter overall (now 4,600mm) and retains its agile manoeuvrability. Yet the wheelbase has been increased by 30mm to secure a more spacious cabin.

To add to the new model’s purposeful, wide stance, overall width has grown by 10mm and the front and rear tracks have been increased. At the same time, overall height has been brought down by 10mm.

Please note that UK specifications and details will be confirmed nearer to launch.


    1. Hi there,

      Thank you for your comments, it’s great to see your enthusiasm for the RAV4! Please keep an eye out for further details and specifications nearer to the launch.


  1. Best car I’ve owned was a Toyota Avensis 2.2D4-D, great acceleration, relaxed driving on long motorway journeys. stay in 6th from 25mph through 70mph, no need to change gear.

    I’m keeping an eye on the Mazda CX-5, 2.5L turbo launched in Japan, hopefully in the UK soon.

    For a £30K car 0-60 should be ~ 8s and plenty of torque.

    Current car marketed at 60mpg, rarely reach 40mpg. Ultra high mileage engines drinkfuel as you have to red line them to keep up with 10 year old cars.

    1. Steve,

      The current RAV4 Hybrid is NOT marketed at 60mpg. Depending on wheel size and drive train, it is between 50.4 and 53.2pmg on the NEDC Combined cycle.

      It IS possible to achieve these figures, but not if you are going to ‘red line’, although no car will return good fuel economy if you do that!

    2. Assume you are refering to Diesel engine mazdas which would lose half of its cost inside 3 months with Diesel 42 p dearer than petrol.The rav is streets ahead

  2. I wasn’t actually referring to the RAV4 with the 60mpg quote, and from all I’ve read Toyota’s figures are closer than many other manufacturers on their mpg claims.

    In my 2.2D4-D Avensis it typically did high 40’s on average and on long motorway journeys (250m+) I got mid 50’s.

    My current non-toyota 1.6L petrol typically does 38-42 mpg, official figures says 53.3mpg ! At 30mph in cruise on a slight incline on way to work it shudders drops speed and have to go into third, no torque!

    I remember thinking if Toyota decided to stop developing their own diesel engines and used bmw’s because they couldn’t meet the emissions regulations something wasn’t right.

    I only bought my current car in Aug’15 and knew it wasn’t what I wanted but I’d been trying to figure out for 2-3 years what to get next as I didn’t believe what was being said. Eg one car (not toyota) had 0-60 in 9.2s and tax band A (< 100g/km). I understand performance or economy, not both.

    I see there's issues with 1L turbo petrol's blowing up, they often sound as if somethings up with them. 1L-1.5L turbo in a big car isn't up to the job imo.

    I'd like a reasonable compromise, a lazy 2.5-3L non turbo with decent torque and comfort.

    Will the UK be getting the 2.5L petrol or just in the Hybrid?

    BTW my father had a Toyota HiAce pickup for work, ran it for 20+ years… best van he had in his 50 years working.

    1. The avensis was the best car ever with its T180 engine made in the uk and better kitted out than a 70k merc fact.I had a new one twice a year

  3. I have driven a CH-R for 2 years love the styling and 58 genuine MPG around the M25 and North London
    Just wanted a bit more oomph
    Perhaps this engine will give it

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