The new RAV4 takes a bold leap forward with a dynamic new design characterised by a front grille with an assertive, angular bumper, and LED headlights, as well as taillights. The results is a vehicle that has a confident, athletic stance on the road, adding a more chiselled and practical take to the progressive design language first introduced on the Toyota CH-R.
This strong polygonal theme runs throughout the interior too with an ergonomic, high-quality cabin characterised by soft-touch surfaces, including the dashboard and door panels. The switchgear is new, with cleanly integrated buttons and pleasingly tactile controls like the soft-touch knurling on the audio and air conditioning controls.
Brushed-aluminium trim adds a premium feel and highlights the interior's stylish design, while a low-set instrument panel with horizontal lines that flow into the door panel emphasise the cabin's generous width and give the driver a clearer view of the road ahead.
The all-new RAV4 backs up its rugged, determined looks with increased ground clearance and shorter front and rear overhangs, allowing it to take on tough terrain with ease. Along with a choice of two â€œDynamic Forceâ€ naturally aspirated four-cylinder petrol engines - a 127kW 2.0-litre and 152kW 2.5-litre - comes improvements in the all-wheel drive (AWD) technology. Now, not only do you get more responsive and fuel-efficient engines, but the new RAV4 delivers enhanced performance capabilities and control in all driving conditions.
The mechanical all-wheel-drive system is equipped with Toyota's first dynamic torque vectoring system with Rear Driveline Disconnect. This manages torque distribution between the left and right rear wheels, providing stable performance and accurate response to steering inputs when cornering, both in dry and slippery conditions.
With regard to transmissions, the RAV4 comes with a choice of three: a 6-speed manual; a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT); or an 8-speed automatic. The 2.0-litre engine is paired with either the rev-matching 6-speed Intelligent Manual Transmission (iMT) or Shiftmatic CVT option and comes in 2WD or AWD guise.
The 2.5-litre is exclusively combined with an 8-speed Sport Direct Shift transmission that offers smooth and crisp shifts and lock-up control when in Sport mode.
Befitting Toyota's occupant safety ethos, the new RAV4 is equipped with a raft of safety features. A full suite of airbags - including knee and curtain - are fitted to all models, with electronic driver aids in the form of ABS, EBD, Brake Assist, Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Hill Assist Control (HAC) and Trailer Sway Control all catered for.
The VX model introduces Toyota Safety Sense for the first time on RAV4, which includes Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Lane Departure Alert (LDA) with Steering Control, Blind-Spot Monitor (BSM) and Pre-Crash System (PCS). With steering assist, as well as radar-controlled braking in conjunction with acceleration functions, these Adaptive Cruise Control and LDA systems essentially end a level of autonomous driving to the VX models.
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