Back when it was a brand new factor and the Backstreet Boys had been nonetheless (largely) minors, the Toyota RAV4 was a plucky off-roader with potential from an automaker that had pedigree for making small ‘utes with spunk.
Then success, recognition, and age took its toll on the RAV4 (and the Backstreet Boys) and what arrived later wasn’t any extra succesful off-road than, say, a Camry.
The 2020 Toyota RAV4 TRD Off-Highway that confirmed up Thursday in Chicago often is the cute ‘ute’s return to powerful trails.
It is the primary TRD model of the RAV4 obtainable on the market to us regular of us—a TRD RAV4 was rally raced by Ryan Millen, as soon as upon a time—and will probably be obtainable within the fall.
2020 Toyota RAV4
The 2020 RAV4 TRD Off-Highway builds upon the RAV4 Journey trim stage with Eight.6 inches of floor clearance, revised twin-tube shocks and new springs, and chunky 18-inch Falken A/T tires. Roof rails, bumpers and fenders from the RAV4 Journey make an look within the new TRD model as nicely.
The remainder of the 2020 RAV4 TRD Off-Highway sounds acquainted. An inline-Four that makes 203 horsepower pairs to an Eight-speed computerized that drives all 4 wheels, identical as RAV4 common. There is not any disconnecting sway bars, switch circumstances, or lockers, however Toyota’s torque-vectoring all-wheel-drive system can shuttle energy round, as much as 50 % towards the rear tires, or brake wayward wheels with no grip.
Inside, the RAV4 TRD Off-Highway gives black artificial leather-based with purple stitching and vinyl flooring and cargo mats, and it sports activities Toyota’s newest suite of lively security options that features computerized emergency braking.
(It isn’t precisely an FJ, but it surely’s a begin.)
The RAV4 TRD Off-Highway might begin the small Toyota utility down the street of different TRD variations later—together with the almighty TRD Professional—however reps aren’t commenting on what could also be coming quickly.
Toyota did not say how a lot the RAV4 TRD Off-Highway will price but it surely’s a good guess that it will begin at greater than $34,000.
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