“Now in its fourth iteration, Toyota has put its superior experience to good use in the all-new 2013 Toyota RAV4. It has evolved both stylistically and dynamically; not only does it sport dramatic lines and a more mature interior, but it also offers a more engaging driving experience i.e. it blends all the best bits from its predecessors and adds a pleasing quality twist to proceedings while retaining the original model’s commitment to fun.” said Glenn Crompton, Vice President of Marketing.
Engine options in the new RAV4 include a 2.0 litre, 2.2D-4D and top of the range 2.5VVT-i. The 2.0-litre unit comes with either a six-speed manual transmission or Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) automatic and come in the GX trim. The engine delivers 107kW at 6200rpm and a torque figure of 187Nm at 3600rpm.
Fuel consumption for the manual RAV4 is rated at 7.7 litres/100km with 179g/km CO2 and 7.4 litres/100km with emissions of 173g/km for the CVT.
The 2.2-litre diesel also in GX trim produces 110kW of power at 3600rpm and a maximum torque figure of 340Nm from 2000-2800rpm. The combined fuel consumption is rated at 5.6 litres/100km with 149g/km CO2 emissions.
Topping the Toyota Rav4 range is the VX trim 2.5-litre VVT-i engine which delivers 132kW at 6000rpm and 233Nm at 4100rpm. CO2 emissions are 198g/km with average fuel consumption of 8.5 litres/100km.
Exterior Styling Features
The 2013 RAV4 boasts a more sophisticated and bolder exterior featuring a lower roofline, an integral roof spoiler and a pronounced belt-line with blacked out B and C pillars. The new tailgate is now top-hinged, and the rear gate mounted spare wheel has been removed to complete the RAV4’s aerodynamically efficient design.
Additional features that distinguish the new RAV4 from the older model include a stylish narrow grille central to the chrome horizontal trim bar that extends to the headlamp clusters. A large trapezoidal lower opening below the grille finished in black resin and integral fog lamp housings, including ‘Keen Look’ headlamps incorporated with LED Daytime Running Light (DRL) detailing.
The vehicle is also equipped with a choice of 17-inch alloy wheels as standard and is available in eight body colours including four new hues in the model range: Greyish Blue Metallic, Eclipse Black Metallic, Crimson Metallic and Pearl White Metallic.
Interior Styling Features
The interior is styled with high quality materials; soft padding, Clear Blue instrument back lighting and crisp trim finishes. A curved metal finish beam breaks off the horizontal surfaces that frame the driver’s instrument binnacle, steering wheel and foot-well. Silver trim accents highlight the driver’s instruments, air vents, centre console instruments and gear lever. Both door switch panels and the transmission tunnel are finished with simulated carbon-fibre panels
Driving position of the new RAV4 has been revised for improved ergonomics, greater comfort, better forward visibility and a more engaging driving experience. The seats feature a cushion contact area increase of 20mm, with the thicker side bolsters positioned relatively higher for improved support.
The new Toyota RAV4 will also be available with a newly developed Integrated Dynamic Drive System, Electric Power Steering, Dynamic Torque Control AWD, Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) and Electric Power Steering (EPS) systems.
Active safety systems include ABS with EBD, BA, VSC (Vehicle Stability Control) and TRC (Traction Control). The all-wheel drive models are equipped, as standard, with VSC+, which integrates VSC and the vehicle’s Electric Power Steering (EPS).
|RAV4 2.0 2WD GX 6-spd||R279 900|
|RAV4 2.0 2WD GX CVT||R289 900|
|RAV4 2.2 D-4D AWD GX||R359 900|
|RAV4 2.5 AWD VX||R399 900|