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New Fourth Generation Toyota RAV4 Debuts at LA Auto Show

New Fourth Generation Toyota RAV4 Debuts at LA Auto Show

The all new fourth generation Toyota RAV4 debuted at the Los Angeles Auto Show earlier this week. The new Toyota RAV4 features some rather significant changes on the exterior and interior. Like most new models entering the market the engine line-up has also received some attention, the result of which is improvement in performance, reduction in fuel consumptions, and lower emissions.

The new RAV4 is longer and wider than the outgoing model (205mm longer and 30mm wider), these increased dimensions have allowed the designers to increase the cabin space as well as load capacity of the RAV4. However it’s important to point out that the ride height has suffered a tad bit, as the new Toyota RAV4 sits 25mm lower in comparison to the outgoing model.

One of the exterior highlights on the Toyota RAV4 include the signature Toyota “face” which includes a stronger treatment of the lower grille and a smaller upper grille extending the full width between the headlamp units. The lower grille forms a trapezoidal opening in the front bumper.

From the side, the new RAV4 inherits the rising belt line and distinct silhouette that have characterised successive generations of the model.

At the back the, the tailgate is now top-hinged and features an integrated spoiler (On some models the tailgate will be power operated).

The interior has also received some well deserved attention. The new Toyota RAV4 interior seems to extend the practicality of its predecessor by offering more room, higher quality finishes and a more focused and engaging driving experience.

The clean and sophisticated design introduces high quality materials, including soft padding on many of the touch-points for driver and passengers, crisp trim finishes, new colours and more leather around the instrument panel.

As a testament to the practicality of the Toyota RAV4, the rear seats can be quickly and easily folded flat. The seat divides 60:40 and each section can be reclined independently.

The load space is longer, increasing capacity to 547 litres, and an extra 49 litres of storage have been added to the undertray, taking it to 100 litres.

The engine line-up at least in Europe will consist of a 2.0 litre 91kW petrol engine, a 2.0 litre 111kW diesel engine, and a 2.2 litre 110kW diesel engine.

Toyota’s Stop & Start technology will also feature on some of the models such as the 2.0 litre diesel front wheel-drive RAV4.

From a riding and handling perspective the new Toyota RAV4 builds on its SUV attributes with retuned suspension, revised electric power steering and an integrated Dynamic Drive System that comes with Sport mode. Down-hill assist and Hill-Start Assist are also available.

 Another feature present on the RAV4 is the Integrated Dynamic Drive System which coordinates control of the new dynamic Torque Control AWD system, Vehicle Stability Control and Electric power steering to improve performance handling and safety. The system also feature a 4WD lock button for off-road driving, allowing the driver to lock torque distribution in a 50:50 ratio at speeds up to 40km/h.

The changes to the new Toyota RAV4 are definitely welcome to us however we feel that this market has become fiercely competitive since the Toyota RAV was initially launched in 1994. Considering the number of SUVs which are available at the moment, the new Toyota RAV4 will have to be well priced locally in order to fend off the competition.

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