The fourth-generation Toyota RAV4 is to get its debut at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show.
The new RAV4 is longer (+205 mm), wider (+30 mm) but lower (-25 mm) than its predecessor, plus now there is top-hinged tailgate with the option of powered open/close. The length of the load space has been increased, raising cargo capacity to 547 litres. Under tray storage has also increased by 49 litres from 51 to 100 litres.
It will also feature LED Daytime Running Light (DRL) with a more dynamic front end according to Toyota.
In the UK we can expect to see 2.0 litre petrol and 2.2 litre diesel engines, with varying outputs. The petrol 2.0 litre will produce 151 hp and will be available with either a 6-speed manual (167 g/km) or CVT (166 g/km) transmission both all-wheel drive. The entry-level diesel model will feature a 2.0 litre 124 hp unit with two-wheel drive and a 6-speed manual box with 127g/km CO2 emissions. There is a more powerful all-wheel drive diesel option, outputting 150 hp with the choice of either a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission, outputting 147g/km manual or 173 g/km auto.
Automatic models will benefit from Down-hill Assist and Hill Start Assist Control, an option on manual cars.
All-wheel drive models will feature Toyota’s Integrated Dynamic Drive System which coordinates control of the RAV4’s new Dynamic Torque Control 4WD, Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) and Electric Power Steering (EPS) systems to enhance the compact SUV’s performance, handling and safety. Plus the Dynamic Torque Control 4WD system continuously monitors all the wheels to monitor traction – normally running in front wheel drive it can distribute power to the rear wheels on a 50:50 basis – although you can lock the transmission into all-wheel drive at speeds up to 25 mph.
There is even a sport mode that monitor the driver’s inputs to automatically adjusts power on a 90:10 front/rear basis to reduce the load on the front tyres.
It is good to see that the new Toyota RAV4 will be equipped with a new anti-whiplash seat design, and 7 airbags are fitted as standard, including a driver’s knee airbag and twin-chamber front seat side airbags. Toyota is aiming for a 5-Star rating in Euro NCAP crash test programme when it is tested next year.
The new model will have the option of an Automatic High Beam system, a Lane Departure Alert system and a Blind Spot Monitor system, which perhaps is not as comprehensive as the new Honda CR-V, but options have yet to be confirmed in the UK.
We will let you have a launch date with full pricing information for the RAV4 and specifications as soon as we have them.
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