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As expected the Adventure level looks like the FT-AC. Other trim levels have a different look especially in the grill.

 

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It looks fantastic, love the changes that Toyota has made to the outgoing model. Really like the Adventure trim and I'm interested to see just how capable it is off road. Can't believe how many different trims are being offered at launch.
 

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I like this line from a review......

"It is bigger than the car it replaces, having a 1.2-inch longer wheelbase and being half an inch wider, despite being shorter overall."

They are keeping it to a nimble size unlike what happened to the CRV.
 

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I welcome the slight shift in dimensions, as I feel like a redesign was long overdue. Have to say that it was worth the wait and I'm pretty surprised that they are even offering two tone color schemes. Big thumbs up Toyota.
 

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I welcome the slight shift in dimensions, as I feel like a redesign was long overdue. Have to say that it was worth the wait and I'm pretty surprised that they are even offering two tone color schemes. Big thumbs up Toyota.
Regarding two tone, here is what one article said....

"The new RAV4 will drop a trim (Platinum) but details for the full lineup are sparse. However, an XSE Hybrid model is all-new and with it comes standard two-tone exterior paint. A black roof is paired with shades of gray, white, silver, and a new blue to give the hybrid a distinctive exterior style but in an atypical hybrid way (i.e., not frumpy looking).

Adventure grade models also receive the new double-color scheme but with a white roofline similar to smaller sibling CH-R. This is available only on black, blue, and a new of-the-land greenish hue called Lunar Rock. For 2019, with the Platinum trim gone, the Limited is left as the sole heir to RAV4 luxury. This top-of-the-line model is outfitted with 19-inch wheels and chrome accents to further distinguish its premium-ness."

Love the Lunar Rock! Wish it were available on all levels.

I am glad it isn't any longer than the old one. I still love the look of my 2015 but would consider replacing it in a couple of years when incentives become available to make it affordable for me. it will be interesting to see the pricing on an entry level model. No mention of an LE yet.

First Look: 2019 Toyota RAV4 - NY Daily News
 

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IMO, the 2019 RAV4 is a winner, it looks like the future. I was cross-shopping the 2019 Subaru Forester, but it looks old compared to the RAV4.

Also, there's enough FT-4X in the RAV4 interior (particularly the Adventure trim), that I considered that the FT-4X might have been only to trial the interior of the RAV4 with the public, much as the FT-AC revealed the exterior of the RAV4.

It will be interesting to hear if any FT-4X/TJ Cruiser mentions are made by Toyota representatives in interviews, etc. in New York this week.
 

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IMO, the 2019 RAV4 is a winner, it looks like the future. I was cross-shopping the 2019 Subaru Forester, but it looks old compared to the RAV4.

Also, there's enough FT-4X in the RAV4 interior (particularly the Adventure trim), that I considered that the FT-4X might have been only to trial the interior of the RAV4 with the public, much as the FT-AC revealed the exterior of the RAV4.

It will be interesting to hear if any FT-4X/TJ Cruiser mentions are made by Toyota representatives in interviews, etc. in New York this week.
Yeah, I think the FT-4X was merely about "design direction" . It was used as a
teaser long after the new RAV4 was locked up by Toyota design. After all, it takes longer than a year to develop a completely new car and the FT-4X was shown exactly a year ago at the last New York show.....too late for a mere trial balloon.

I have little to no hope that anything like the FT-4X will be produced anytime soon. The TJ Cruiser is more likely, but I am having doubts about seeing that.

I would love to be pleasantly surprised, of course. If it happens, the TJ will go on sale in Japan first.
 

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Yeah, I think the FT-4X was merely about "design direction" . It was used as a
teaser long after the new RAV4 was locked up by Toyota design. After all, it takes longer than a year to develop a completely new car and the FT-4X was shown exactly a year ago at the last New York show.....too late for a mere trial balloon.

I have little to no hope that anything like the FT-4X will be produced anytime soon. The TJ Cruiser is more likely, but I am having doubts about seeing that.

I would love to be pleasantly surprised, of course. If it happens, the TJ will go on sale in Japan first.
Meh. Safe. That's not going to get me back to Toyota. The Wrangler is way more fun! More smiles per miles! No FT-4X? No TJ? :sad:
 

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I think the new RAV4 is very exciting and desirable to me. If I were in the market I would buy one. But since I am happy with my 2015 RAV4, it makes no economic sense to buy a new one. Something smaller and still roomy is still what I need to make me switch.
 

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If anything the new Rav4 is an indication of the design direction that Toyota is heading in. Imo this new model is an excellent example of how design tweaks can breathe new life into a long running platform. I hope it sees successful sales and helps Toyota realize the need for more off road CUV's.
 

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Yes! I was hoping for something that looked like the FT-AC concept and Toyota delivered with the new Rav4 Adventure model. I will miss the fold flat seats that turned the rear into what could be a comfortable camper. One concern is the 2.5-liter engine, if it'll have enough power for me.
 

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Yes! I was hoping for something that looked like the FT-AC concept and Toyota delivered with the new Rav4 Adventure model. I will miss the fold flat seats that turned the rear into what could be a comfortable camper. One concern is the 2.5-liter engine, if it'll have enough power for me.
Toyota has not released the specs yet, but they are promising more power with this engine than before.
 

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If anything the new Rav4 is an indication of the design direction that Toyota is heading in. Imo this new model is an excellent example of how design tweaks can breathe new life into a long running platform. I hope it sees successful sales and helps Toyota realize the need for more off road CUV's.
You have a good point. However, if they succeed in selling over half a million RAV4s, they might come up with the opposite conclusion and not see the need for more unique models.
 

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I don't see why they wouldn't see those kinds of sales with the new Rav4, its a pretty stellar redesign. Its just unfortunate that it may satisfy the needs of what the FT-4X was promising. Have they mentioned what tweaks come in the Adventure trim?
 
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