Published: Mon, February 11, 2019
Technology | By Lionel Gonzales

Toyota RAV4 TRD SUV revealed

Toyota RAV4 TRD SUV revealed

In keeping with Toyota's mild-refresh theme for the 2019 Chicago Auto Show, the long-neglected full-size Toyota Tundra pickup truck will receive some small but much-needed changes for the 2020 model year.

The standard Multi-Mode 4WD system uses a lockable TORSEN limited-slip center differential to apportion torque to the front and rear wheels, and a two-speed transfer case provides a low range ratio for tackling steep off-road trails.

Power comes from a 2.5-litre four-cylinder Dynamic Force engine making 151kW of power.

The complete Toyota Safety Sense suite is installed along with added features such as trailer sway control (for 1600kg braked towing), hill start assist and downhill descent control. The twin-tube shocks are re-valved and feature new internal rebound springs to improve rebound control.

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Along with a redesigned grille and headlights, the new Tacoma is also equipped with a new infotainment system that features Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Amazon Alexa, plus an optional 360-degree camera system that offers a terrain view in TRD Off-Road models to help drivers navigate rough trails.

Exterior color choices include Super White, Midnight Black Metallic, Magnetic Gray Metallic, and Army Green - the latter is exclusive to the TRD Pro model. Channelling its inner 4Runner, the RAV4 TRD Off-Road certainly looks the part of an adventurous SUV with black-plastic fender flares, darkened grille and bumper elements, matte black aluminum wheels, and knobby all-terrain Falken Wildpeak tires. The material is lighter than leather but highly durable, which is fitting for the rugged nature of the vehicle, including TRD all-weather floor mats. Thoroughly TRD The 2020 RAV4 TRD Off-Road takes cues from Toyota's rich off-road racing history. As for the V6, it is shared among a wide variety of Toyota and Lexus products. TRD and Limited trims can also be had with LED headlights that sport a new design.

The 5.7-liter V-8 engine and six-speed automatic transmission are both unchanged, but a cat-back exhaust is available as an option for a more distinctive sound. Given that manuals aren't exactly big sellers in America, it's a bold move from Toyota.

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