NEW YORK -- Toyota is giving the fifth-generation RAV4 compact crossover a beefier body, more powerful engine and Camry-like range of trim combinations, befitting its status as the new heavyweight in Toyota's U.S. lineup.
The update gives the RAV4 more ammunition to defend its crown as the top-selling nonpickup in the nation last year against an ever-growing field of competing small crossovers.
The 2019 model, which is being presented Wednesday at the New York auto show, rides on the automaker's new global platform and carries over little more than the badging, Toyota says.
In addition to a new, more powerful four-cylinder engine and new eight-speed automatic transmission that adds two cogs, the redesigned RAV4 offers new trims when the gasoline model goes on sale late this year and the hybrid arrives in showrooms in early 2019.
There are even two-tone paint jobs on the top-end tiers, an addition that borrows from last year's redesigned Camry by creating more stylistic distance between the regular L and sporty S trim families.
The RAV4 Adventure grade, introduced last year, can now be had with a white roof and black, blue or "lunar" green body color. The XSE hybrid -- a new trim for the gasoline-electric version -- comes with a black roof and body in white, silver, gray or blue.