The 2019 RAV4 has arrived in the UAE to shake up the SUV segment, as Al-Futtaim Toyota’s first-ever hybrid SUV in the Emirates. Aimed at active families that seek a balance of sportiness, practicality and environmentally-friendly journey, the 2019 RAV4 delivers in spades.
Available in four grades, the 2019 RAV4 will cater to the requirements of different customers, and outdoor enthusiasts. The two-wheel drive GX grade, 4×4 GXR and the exclusive 4×4 Adventure variant, are powered by a proven 2.5-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine, mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission, and delivering 203hp and a substantial 243 Nm of torque.
The highlight of the lineup is indeed the VXR Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV) version, which delivers 218hp and 221Nm from the 2.5-litre petrol engine, with an additional 121 Nm supplied by the electric motor for brisk progress. Complimenting these solid performance figures, the RAV4 VXR HEV returns a stellar fuel economy of 22.2 Km/L.
One of the highlights of the all-new RAV4 is its completely re-imagined exterior styling, compact and easy to maneuver in tight urban spaces. The design places an emphasis on maximizing the presence of a small SUV while maintaining high levels of finesse inside and out. There is an air of sophistication about each body panel, with the all-new polygonal motif giving it a chiseled overall appearance and perfect combination of adventure and charisma. The front end is more assertive, with a more striking profile, strong shoulders, and 19-inch alloy wheels, making for a powerful stance ready to tackle any adventure, any time.
The interior is more sophisticated than ever too with as many as 19 new features available in the all-new RAV4. A total of seven airbags including, side curtain and knee airbags are now standard across the range to ensure safety of occupants, while Multi-Terrain Select in the Adventure grade facilitates progress on less that hospitable terrain. Also new is an 8.0-inch navigation system and panoramic sunroof that’s available on the top-spec VXR HEV variant.
While the new RAV4 is based on the Toyota New Global Architecture platform, it’s longer, lower and wider than before and provides greater interior room. The shorter front and rear overhangs meanwhile ensure that it’s ready to go where the tarmac stops and the driver wants to continue exploring.
The RAV4 Hybrid Electric model can be driven entirely on electrical power with zero-fuel consumption and tailpipe emissions, or by combining the power generated from both the petrol engine and two electric motors, depending on the vehicle’s speed and customer’s driving behavior. Its Hybrid electric batteries are continuously charged by either the petrol engine or when decelerating and braking, eliminating the need to plug in a power cord, like any other conventional vehicle and does not require special fuel. Also on the Hybrid model a newly developed E-Four system has been adopted to achieve both AWD driving appropriate for an SUV and high-level fuel efficiency.
Another Toyota-first in the 2019 RAV4 is the Dynamic Torque Vectoring All-Wheel Drive with Rear Driveline Disconnect. The system is standard on AWD petrol models and allows for up to 50 percent of engine torque to be sent to the rear wheels. Furthermore, depending on terrain conditions and traction, it can also distribute the power to left or right rear wheel to improve handling. The AWD can also ascertain when four-wheel grip isn’t required and can disconnect the drive from the rear wheels to conserve fuel.
Al-Futtaim Toyota was one of the pioneers in alternate propulsion in the region when it launched Hybrid Electric Vehicles in the UAE back in 2008. Since then over 4,000 HEV vehicles have been sold in UAE resulting in approximately 340,000 fewer tons of CO2 and over 90,000 kiloliters of petrol saved. That’s roughly enough fuel for more than 600 trips to the moon and back.
Prices for the 2019 Toyota RAV4 start from AED 99,000 for the 2WD GX version, while the AWD GXR, ADV and VXR HEV variants retail for AED 119,900, AED 129,900 and AED 139,900 respectively.
MG Motor Conducts Hot Weather Testing of its All-Electric Marvel R in the Middle East
MG Motor has confirmed it has been conducting hot weather testing of its all-electric and exciting Marvel R model in the Middle East. This marks a crucial phase for the MG brand as it looks to pave the way for future all-electric car launches in this region. The car has been pushed to the limits as part of a range of different evaluations in various hot weather situations and conditions, to ensure it lives up to the high standards delivered by the rest of the MG product lineup.
The MG Marvel R embodies a progressive design interpretation of the future that endows it with an attractive and powerful presence. The Marvel R is a zero-emission, all-electric flagship SUV from MG that offers unparalleled class-leading features, comfort, safety, reliability, as well as range. It exemplifies the dynamic and progressive nature of the brand. The first stage of the Marvel R testing in the region occurred in the UAE in 2021 under cooler conditions. This second testing stage is now taking place in the extremely hot weather conditions of the UAE and soon across all the GCC markets.
Tom Lee, Managing Director of MG, said: “When we relaunched the MG brand in the Middle East, we committed ourselves to work incessantly with our team in HQ to ensure our products are continuously enhanced and optimally equipped for each individual market’s environmental conditions. This ensures our vehicles, especially our fully electric Marvel R, are among the most capable vehicles in all our markets. With these assessments, we are getting closer to introducing an exciting range of electric models to our customers in the Middle East who are ready to embrace an all-electric lifestyle.”
The all-electric Marvel R from MG is a full battery-electric SUV for a new generation of drivers who value innovative design, personal comfort, outstanding performance, and a confident range with fast charging capabilities. The car has an eye-catching look to match its inner strength. A smooth, sporty design accentuates the SUV coupe body type, with a low and rear-leaning centre of gravity. The forceful and elegant X-shaped face flows from the front into wide, bold body contours, forming an unmistakably powerful design statement.
“The car is equipped with innovative technology to offer the driver an immersive, exhilarating drive. Middle East drivers will get to experience technology at an advanced level with real-time functional information and personalised entertainment, while making the most of hands-free music, navigation, phone, and vehicle controls. The car’s Zero-emission performance has a 70-Kilowatt battery and a maximum range of 402 kilometres (WLTP). With three electric motors, a combined 288 PS, and 665 Nm performance, the MG Marvel R accelerates from 0-100km/h in just 4.9 seconds,” the company said.
INFINITI Rolls Out its INFINITI VALET Program Across the Middle East
With the aim of providing a premium experience for its owners, INFINITI Middle East has rolled out the INFINITI VALET Program across the Middle East, offering vehicle pick-up and drop-off when scheduling a maintenance service without having to visit the service centre. Available throughout the region, including UAE, KSA, Kuwait, Oman, Bahrain, Qatar and Jordan, the INFINITI VALET Program can be easily reserved on any maintenance appointment touchpoints, including the web contact form and via the call centre.
INFINITI customers can have their vehicle collected for an upcoming maintenance appointment by VALET truck (where available), a service team member or a recovery vehicle from their home or office. Payment can be settled online after the service is completed and the car is returned to the owner.
“As a human-centric organization, we understand the value of convenience and in crafting a premium customer journey. With service offerings such as INFINITI VALET, we create a seamless experience that enables our customers to rise above the details of every day, by returning to them the luxury of time,” said Andrew McLaughlan, Managing Director, INFINITI Middle East. “The INFINITI VALET Program is rooted in our Japanese heritage and honours our commitment to providing thoughtful hospitality.”
The INFINITI Valet Program is available to all INFINITI customers, regardless of vehicle age, and is not limited to any kind of warranty. The program can also be used in conjunction with INFINITI’s Courtesy Vehicle Program, where available, allowing the INFINITI owner to enjoy seamless mobility while their vehicle is being serviced.
Cadillac Reveals CELESTIQ Show Car
Today, Cadillac unveiled the CELESTIQ show car, a vision of innovation and purpose that previews the brand’s future handcrafted and all-electric flagship sedan. Conceived to lead Cadillac’s electric future and inspired by the brand’s 120-year heritage, it serves as a touchstone for the Cadillac design and engineering teams, who continue to develop CELESTIQ as it moves closer to production.
“The CELESTIQ show car is the purest expression of Cadillac,” said Magalie Debellis, manager, Cadillac Advanced Design. “It brings to life the most integrated expressions of design and innovation in the brand’s history, coalescing in a defining statement of a true Cadillac flagship.”
In developing the show car, the design and engineering teams immersed themselves in the artisanship and customization that defined early Cadillac sedans such as the bespoke V-16 powered coaches of the prewar era, and the hand-built 1957 Eldorado Brougham. The CELESTIQ is the culmination of that heritage, brought to life with innovative production methods and new technologies.
“Those vehicles represented the pinnacle of luxury in their respective eras, and helped make Cadillac the standard of the world,” said Tony Roma, chief engineer. “The CELESTIQ show car — also a sedan, because the configuration offers the very best luxury experience — builds on that pedigree and captures the spirit of arrival they expressed.”
Designers drew further inspiration from classic architecture such as the mid-century masterpieces of architect Eero Saarinen, along with other iconic American designs, which made era-defining statements when introduced and endured with distinctive timelessness.
Realizing and infusing those influences within an Ultium-based EV architecture resulted in a clean-sheet expression for the CELESTIQ show car that considers the entirety of travel as a curated experience — one intended to evoke an emotional response. The result is a vehicle that makes a magnetic first impression and cultivates a permanent personal connection.
“We’ve combined the beauty of function with the beauty of form,” said Laetitia Lopez, Color & Trim creative designer. “We had to reconsider all aspects to immerse the customer, all of their senses, and create a connection with the vehicle through the finest genuine materials, exceptional detailing and advanced technology.”
The show car previews some of the materials, innovative technologies and hand-crafted attention to detail harnessed to express Cadillac’s vision for the future. Highlights include five high-definition, advanced LED interactive displays, including a 55-inch-diagonal advanced LED display, along with expected many industry firsts such as a variable-transmission Smart Glass Roof and Ultra Cruise1, General Motors’ next evolution of available hands-free driver assistance technology which Cadillac plans to offer on CELESTIQ.
The Smart Glass Roof features Suspended Particle Device (SPD) technology that allows for four zones of variable lighting, allowing passengers to fine-tune their cabin experience for completely personalized comfort and visibility. Additionally, the 55-inch-diagonal advanced LED display introduces a passenger display with electronic digital blinds, an active privacy technology, which is designed to allow passengers to enjoy video content while blocking it from the view of the driver.
While they’re previewed on the show car, these technologies and more will make the CELESTIQ the most advanced vehicle ever from Cadillac. Availability for the production version of CELESTIQ will be announced at a later date.
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