All new RAV4 has arrived
Toyota has envigorated the surging SUV market by launching a new-generation RAV4 range that delivers advances in styling, performance, handling, economy, comfort and value for money.
RAV4 enters its 20th year on the local market with a sportier look and sharper driving dynamics that include a new all-wheel drive (AWD) system and, for the first time, a selectable Sport mode on most models.
Toyota has extended the RAV4 range from 13 to 16 variants with three new engines, including - for the first time - a turbo-diesel with fuel consumption as low as 4.9 litres/100km* on the highway.
All three engines come with a choice of transmissions and equipment grades: entry-level GX and upmarket GXL across the range, plus a premium Cruiser grade in AWD petrol and diesel.
Fourth-generation RAV4 prices start at $28,490# for the 2WD petrol with six-speed manual - $500 below the lowest price for the outgoing range.
AWD versions are priced from $31,990# - identical to the superseded vehicle - and the new range tops out at $48,990#, or $1,000 less than the previous RAV4 range.
Significant news for Australian customers is the introduction of turbo-diesel RAV4 variants from $35,490# - a keener price than most diesel rivals in its segment.
Each of the new powertrains delivers improved combinations of performance and economy while the new Dynamic Torque Control AWD system offers enhanced on-road handling and safer driving.
RAV4 2WD variants are powered by a 107kW 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine mated to a six-speed manual gearbox or MultiDrive Sport CVT, a continuously variable automatic transmission that also provides drivers with a sporty, sequential seven-speed mode.
AWD customers can choose from two engines and two transmissions - a 2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol or a 2.2-litre turbo-diesel available with either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic.
The 2.5-litre AR petrol engine, proven in the latest generation Camry, develops 132kW and 233Nm.
The common-rail turbo-diesel pumps out 110kW and, most significantly, has maximum torque of 340Nm available from 2000 to 2800rpm.
Combined-cycle fuel consumption and CO2 emissions range from a low of 5.6 litres/100km and 149 grams/km for the manual diesel to just 8.6 litres/100km and 200 grams/km for the 2.5-litre petrol manual^.
Toyota Australia's executive director sales and marketing Matthew Callachor said engineers had broadened the appeal of RAV4 by improving the features responsible for its success over the previous three generations.
"New RAV4 has been developed to meet the evolving needs of families with active lifestyles who require space and versatility," Mr Callachor said.
"They will be attracted by the distinctive exterior styling and refined interior as well as a host of under-the-skin improvements that make the new RAV4 even more fun to drive," he said.
Sport mode, fitted to all but the manual 2WD variants, contributes to better handling and a more dynamic, sporting drive by decreasing power-steering assistance to give the driver a more direct feel.
It also sharpens throttle response and adapts the control logic for the automatic and CVT gearboxes to allow for more responsive gearshifts.
In AWD models, front-wheel drive is automatically engaged under normal driving conditions to improve fuel economy.
The new Dynamic Torque Control AWD system provides greater stability and agility on both wet and dry roads, offering customers a confidence-inspiring, more intuitive and engaging driving experience.
Toyota's latest SUV incorporates a more comfortable and focused driving position, a lower centre of gravity, retuned suspension, revised electric power steering, hill-start assist and, on AWD models, an electronic diff lock.
Seven airbags, stability and traction control, anti-skid brakes, tilt-and-telescopic steering column and cruise control are all standard equipment, while automatic AWD models have downhill assist to help manage slippery descents.
RAV4 has been engineered to achieve five-star European and Australian NCAP safety ratings.
RAV4 GX grade is fitted with 17-inch steel wheels as standard (available from March production), projector-style headlamps, CD tuner audio and fabric seat coverings.
As with every new RAV4, it features Bluetooth™ connectivity**, six speakers, a 60/40 split-fold rear seat that reclines, roof rails, rear spoiler, roof-hinged luggage door, cargo net, tonneau cover, 60-litre fuel tank and, on AWD variants, sound-deadening windscreen.
Mid-level GXL gains 17-inch alloy wheels, reverse camera, display audio, sporty seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, rain-sensing wipers, power-retractable exterior mirrors, keyless smart entry and push-button ignition.
Top-grade Cruiser models are distinguished by satellite navigation, blind-spot monitor, power-operated luggage door, high-intensity discharge headlamps, eight-way power driver's seat and a tilt-and-slide moonroof.
New RAV4's distinctive body is shorter and lower - emphasising its improved dynamic capabilities and versatility.
It adopts signature Toyota design elements and, most noticeably, sees the spare wheel relocated from the back door to under the cargo floor.
The load-space lip height is just 645mm above the ground. Volume is 577 litres with a temporary spare wheel or 506 litres with an optional full-size spare.
Exterior details provide a cleaner, more powerful and more dynamic presence, including a large opening in the black resin front bumper and a smaller grille running full width between the headlamps.
The resin finish has been extended to form a tough, durable skirt around the base of the entire vehicle, including the wheel arches, providing off-road protection and emphasising the new RAV4's muscular stance.
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