When Honda unveiled the redone, one of its largest competitors — the — was still rocking a body from the 2013 model year. But now, it’s Toyota’s turn to be the freshest crossover on the market.
Toyota will debut the 2019 RAV4 SUV at the 2018 New York Auto Show at the end of March. The automaker offered no additional information, but it included a teaser image that shows off the new ute’s shape, which doesn’t appear too radically different than before. Simple formulae tend to work best in this segment anyway.
Even though the current RAV4 is pretty old in Car Years, it’s still performing great in terms of sales. 2017 was its best year ever with more than 400,000 sales in the US, compared to the CR-V’s 377,000 sales. It bears noting that Toyota doesn’t separate retail (consumer) and fleet (rental) sales, though, and Honda doesn’t sell much if any vehicles on the fleet side, so take those figures with a grain of salt.
If there’s one thing Toyota embraced well before Honda ever did, though, it’s a hybrid variant. Thehas been kicking around for years now, whereas Honda only saw fit to create a last year, and it still hasn’t made its way to the US, where fuel efficiency and crossovers are two topics hot on consumers’ minds.
Either way, we’ll see what Toyota has in store in right about two weeks.