Toyota’s surprise for the 2019 Chicago Auto is the 2020 RAV4 TRD Off-Road, a rugged version of the compact SUV.
The RAV4 TRD Off-Road comes equipped with an off-road suspension inspired by the Rally RAV4 Race Team, Dynamic Torque Vectoring All-Wheel Drive, Falken Wildpeak A/T Trail All-Terrain Tires mounted on TRD 18-inch matte black aluminum wheels, as well as exclusive TRD exterior and interior features.
Arriving in the fall, the Toyota RAV4 TRD Off-Road is based on the Adventure grade but takes that model’s off-road capability further thanks to the suspension, wheels, and tires engineered specifically for trail driving.
The standard Dynamic Torque Vectoring All-Wheel Drive can channel up to 50 percent of engine torque to the rear wheels, as well as direct torque to the left or right rear wheel. That results in enhanced handling both on and off the pavement. Plus, when AWD isn’t necessary, the Rear Driveline Disconnect optimizes fuel economy.
Then there’s the standard Multi-Terrain Select system which allows the driver to maximize traction by selecting one of three modes appropriate for the conditions: Mud & Sand, Rock & Dirt, and Snow. While off-roading, the Toyota RAV4’s Multi-Information Display (MID) will show torque allocation and slip control data.
Other standard features of the RAV4 TRD Off-Road include Hill Start Assist Control (HAC), Trailer Sway Control (TSC), and Downhill Assist Control (DAC).