Newly developed safety technologies, including autonomous braking, will be standard on the top-spec Cruiser variant, with this feature optional on mid-range GXL. Every RAV4 will gain trailer sway control, while a forward-facing camera, active cruise control, auto high beam headlights and lane departure alerts will be standard on the Cruiser and optional on lower grades.
Styling changes include a significantly larger lower grille, new LED headlamps that incorporate daytime running lights, a more prominent rear bumper and restyled LED taillights.
Interior updates include redesigned instrument clusters, with GXL and Cruiser variants fitted with twin dials separated by a 4.2-inch colour TFT multi-information display.
Ride comfort and driving stability have also been improved, thanks in part to a more rigid rear body shell. Shock absorbers and coil springs have also been revised to reduce body roll and enhance straight-line stability.
The upcoming RAV4's cabin will be quieter, thanks to expanded insulation coverage and thickness to reduce road, tyre and exhaust noise.
2014 was the best local year ever for the RAV4, with 18,160 Australian sales. To the end of August this year, 12,119 RAV4 wagons have been sold locally, a 1.3 per cent increase on the same stage in 2014.
Toyota will announce more details about the revised RAV4, including pricing, closer to the December arrival.