The 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.
Engines & Transmissions
Each of the RAV4's new powertrains deliver improved combinations of performance and economy, while Toyota claim the RAV4's 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 auto. AWD customers can choose from a 2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol or a 2.2-litre turbo-diesel available with either a six-speed manual or six-speed auto.
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 say the new 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.
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. Bluetooth™ connectivity**, six speakers, a 60/40 split-fold rear seat, roof rails, rear spoiler, roof-hinged luggage door, cargo net, tonneau cover and a 60-litre fuel tank. AWD variants also feature a sound-deadening windscreen.
The 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.
Driving position on the new RAV4 is more comfortable and focused, with the redesign also featuring 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.
Pricing starts at $28,490 for the 2WD GX petrol, with AWD variants starting at $31,990, up to the range-topping RAV4 Cruiser diesel manual, which retails for $46,490. Automatic transmission is a $2,500 add-on across all RAV4 variants.
2WD petrol New Previous Difference
GX manual $28,490 $28,990 -$500
GXL manual $32,490 $33,990 -$1,500
AWD petrol New Previous Difference
GX manual $31,990 $31,990 $0
GXL manual $35,490 $36,990 -$1,500
Cruiser manual $42,990 $42,990 $0
AWD diesel New
GX manual $35,490
GXL manual $38,990
Cruiser manual $46,490
Manufacturer's list prices are provided for media purposes only and do not include statutory charges or other on-road costs.
The new Toyota RAV4 is now available. See your Toyota dealer for the full range and further details.