All-new Toyota RAV4 unveiled

Toyota chose the New York Auto Show as the venue to unveil the new RAV4.

Toyota Canada spokeswoman Melanie Testani said the automaker has not yet been confirmed which Ontario plant will eventually build the hybrid RAV4.

While its name may be more ordinary, this new model is anything but. We'll have more details next week, as we'll be covering the car's presentation live at the New York Auto Show. In fact, the question was always more about why Toyota chose to produce a compact hatchback under the Scion banner in late 2015, instead of just creating one for the Toyota roster to replace the strong-selling Matrix.

As with the U.S. version, the Euro-spec RAV4 will be offered with a choice of two powertrain options.

The 2019 RAV4 is actually shorter and wider than its predecessor.

This is the first RAV4 to be built on the Japanese carmaker's new TNGA platform, which has been engineered to cut costs and provide improved levels of ride, handling and safety as well as cutting production costs.

The Hybrid also has a new AWD system that can send 30-per-cent more power to the electrically driven rear wheels than before. The latter features no fewer than 10 simulated speeds, and it also features a dedicated sport mode and shift paddles.

Similar to what is available on General Motors' premium brands, Toyota's Digital Display Rear Mirror looks and acts like a conventional rearview mirror but toggle a switch and it will also display a high-definition, wide-angle view of what's behind the vehicle. For now, Toyota's held back interior dimensions, but the automaker says it has eked out extra space for passengers and their gear in the redesigned interior. While we at Roadshow typically prefer the greater involvement of manual transmissions, we can't wait to try this unique transmission for ourselves.

March 27 Apple event not to be live streamed
Apple has also filed a patent a year ago in which the company proposed to make an iPhone which can open and close like a book. The deal was expected to become a $1.3 billion initiative to give every student in the district an iPad, but it fell apart.

Often times, auto manufacturers will support both CarPlay and Android Auto.

Unfortunately for fans of the original model, the RAV4 has lost much of its initial identity (established on the first and second generations) in terms of styling.

The Hatchback features LED taillamps, with active corning headlamps on top-spec models. Or even the Chevrolet Cruze's rear-end styling.

As many as five USB ports are available inside the CUV, and there is an optional 11-speaker, 800-watt JBL audio system.

The new RAV4 also comes standard with Toyota's TSS 2.0, which has advanced features like pre-collision warning with pedestrian detection, radar cruise control, lane departure warning with steer assist, automatic high beams, lane tracing assist and road sign assist.

Pricing of the Corolla Hatchback will be announced closer to its availability this summer.

The Toyota Corolla iM is gone. What it doesn't get: any additional off-road capability, although Toyota did say that it will be able to tow more than the standard RAV4.

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