The 2020 Toyota RAV4 Off-Road has made its debut in Chicago this week, offering customers a more rugged and capable version of the extremely popular compact crossover.
It may not be one of Toyota’s tough-looking and ultra capable TRD Pro models, but the RAV4 TRD Off-Road still gets some rather robust off-road equipment. TRD (that’s Toyota Racing Development) has fiddled with the suspension using lessons learned from its RAV4 rally racer, installing new red coil springs and different shocks, along with new suspension bump stops and lightweight 18-inch TRD black alloy wheels wrapped in Falken Wildpeak off-road tires.
Torque vectoring all-wheel drive comes standard and can send up to 50 percent of the RAV4’s power to the rear wheels at any given time. A standard ‘Multi-Terrain Select’ system allows the driver to choose from a number of driving modes and adjusts the traction settings and other parameters for the all-wheel drive system and transmission. Dedicated off-road modes in the Multi-Terrain Select system include Mud & Sand mode, Rock & Dirt mode and Snow mode.
Additionally, all RAV4 TRD Off-Road models will come equipped with Hill Start Assist Control, Trailer Sway Control and Downhill Assist Control. The crossover has a tow capacity of 3,500 lbs, which is perfect for “personal watercraft, dirt bikes or a small enclosed trailer,” Toyota says.
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Just like the standard 2020 Toyota RAV4, the RAV4 TRD Off Road is powered by Toyota’s 2.5-liter Dynamic Force four-cylinder engine, which is rated at 203 hp and 183 lb-ft of torque. The automaker’s Direct Shift eight-speed automatic is the only available transmission.
Stay tuned for details on pricing and availability for the 2020 Toyta RAV4 TRD Off-Road, which are expected to be announced at a later date.
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