The European market has been the best-known for being supportive and a staunch admirer of the diesel models that can be driven on the road. As the continent where more of these models are sold than any other, it seems that this fuel option was to continue on and be a strong performer for many years, even after the waters had been muddied in the past few years. That prediction seems to be completely false with the sales of diesel models plummeting over the past several years. The models that use diesel for fuel used to be popular in Europe.
RAV4 Loses Diesel Option
One of the models offered on the market will meet an end and won’t be renewed for the 2019 model year. That model is the Toyota RAV4 diesel compact crossover SUV. While there are still a few of the diesel models of the RAV4 in stock the production has finally and officially ended and customers can’t order this car in order to make it a complete end and break for this SUV. This means we won’t see this SUV offered with this powertrain option in the future in order to give us an SUV that could use this fuel.
What Will this Leave for the Toyota RAV4?
When the diesel powertrain has completed its run and there aren’t any models to purchase any longer, there will still be two powertrains offered for the RAV4. These two powertrains that will be left are the 2.0-liter four-cylinder and the 2.5-liter four-cylinder hybrid models that offer the European market the drive that’s efficient, active, and doesn’t run on diesel at all. This is only the beginning of what the RAV4 will undergo when it comes to the changes that will be offered to make this SUV one that will be even more acceptable in Europe.
For the 2019 model year, the Toyota RAV4 will be built on the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform to make sure we have a model that’s built right and is ready to offer us the efficiency we want. This platform has already been successful in other vehicles from Toyota and will continue to give us the drive and the quality we want when it’s time for a great ride. No diesel model is planned for the 2019 model year of the RAV4 at all and its likely many of the other diesel models from Toyota will see an end in the near future as well.
Why has diesel power taken such a nosedive in recent years? Not only did some of the cheating scandals that were discovered recently sour the admirations we had for these models, but a large number of governments have begun to take steps to clean up the air quality and reduce vehicle emissions. Diesel power just doesn’t have a place in the market when it’s time to see vehicles offered that reduce emissions because it has been one of the worst fuels in regards to emissions in the history of the automotive industry.