RAV4: longer, wider and lower than
Aoun: Eighteen years ago, Toyota's first compact,
car-based unitary body (monocoque bodyshell) SUV, the first-generation RAV4, was really
compact, with an overall body length of only 3.69
metres (145.27 inches) at the time.
4.5 million units sold worldwide since 1994 (1.2
million units in Europe), the all-new, 4th generation
RAV4, arrives early next year with larger
dimensions, increased space, better
safety and performance.
larger dimensions provide more
generous interior space.
the new RAV4 is longer, wider and slightly lower than
its predecessor, with an overall body length of 179.9 inches (4.57 metres), 72.6 in.
width (1.844m), 65.4 in. height (1.661m) and a
wheelbase of 104.7 in. (2.66m).
The rear seats
of the 5-passenger compact crossover SUV may be
split 60:40 and each section can be reclined
side-hung tailgate has been replaced by a top-hinged
version, which may be equipped with power operation.
At 25.4 inches (645 mm), the new tailgate opening has
a low load space lip height with a wide aperture of
52.56 in. (1335 mm).
The length of the load
space has been increased, raising luggage capacity to
19.3 cu. ft. (547 litres), and the undertray storage
has been increased from 1.8 cu. ft. (51 litres) to 3.53
cu. ft. (100 litres).
market gets the RAV4 with the 2.5-litre, 4-cylinder
gasoline (petrol) engine
developing 176 hp (131 kW, 178 PS) at 6000 rpm, and
175 lb-ft (233 Nm, 23.78 kg-m) at 4100, with the
front- or all-wheel drive system and a six-speed
automatic gearbox. The optional V6 of the
previous-generation RAV4 will be discontinued.
models have received EPA estimated fuel efficiency
ratings of 24 U.S. mpg city (equivalent to 28.8 UK mpg,
9.8 litre/100 km and 10.2 km/litre) / 31 highway
(equivalent to 37.2 UK mpg, 7.6 litre/100 km and 13.2
km/litre), while all-wheel-drive models are EPA
at 22 U.S. mpg city (equivalent to 26.4 UK mpg, 10.7
litre/100 km and 9.35 km/litre) / 29 mpg highway
(equivalent to 34.8 UK mpg, 8.11 litre/100 km and
12.33 km/litre). A new Eco mode is designed to
promote more efficient driving thus helping to enhance
Europe, Toyota's compact crossover SUV comes
with two new powerplants: a 2.0 litre diesel and the
2.5 litre petrol unit for the Russian market, in
addition to a 2.2 litre diesel engine now available in
Russia for the first time.
Western European line up includes a 151 DIN
hp (110 kW, 149 PS, 147 bhp) 2.0 litre petrol engine,
a new 124 DIN hp (90 kW, 122 PS, 121 bhp) 2.0 litre
diesel, and a 150 DIN hp (109 kW, 148 PS and 146 bhp)
2.2 litre D-4D diesel engine.
Eastern European powertrain line up comprises a 145
DIN hp (105 kW, 143 PS, 141 bhp) 2.0 litre petrol
engine, a 180 DIN hp (130 kW, 178 PS, 181 bhp)
2.5 litre petrol engine, and a newly available, 150
DIN hp (109 kW, 148 PS and 146 bhp) 2.2 litre D-4D
available transmissions are 6-speed manual, 6-speed
automatic or CVT.
flow from side to side.
handling side, the new RAV4 gets
retuned front and rear suspension systems and a
revised electric power steering. It has a McPherson strut front suspension, double-wishbone rear
suspension and four-wheel disc brakes. It
is also available with
both Down-hill Assist and Hill Start Assist Control.
Fitted as standard to
all vehicles equipped with automatic transmission,
Down-hill Assist Control automatically regulates gear
selection, engine speed and the individual wheel
braking capabilities of the ABS system on slippery
to the drive distribution aspect, the new Dynamic Torque
Control 4WD system receives information from various
sensors (speed, steering angle, throttle angle and yaw
rate) to automatically and continuously monitor and
control the torque transfer
between the front and rear wheels via an
electromagnetically controlled coupling positioned in
front of the rear differential. Front
to rear torque distribution can vary from 100:0
(front-wheel-drive) to 50:50 split, with complete front-wheel drive automatically
engaged under normal driving conditions to improve
driving position respects the
Dynamic Torque Control AWD provides three drive
modes: Auto, Lock and Sport.
delivers power primarily to the front wheels under
most driving conditions, switching automatically to
AWD only when needed. This mode helps enhance fuel efficiency and
reduce drivetrain wear. However,
transfer to the rear wheels does not take place only when the slip is detected (as in the third generation
RAV4), but also when the system detects understeer
while cornering on-road (to enhance driving
In Lock Mode at lower speeds, RAV4 essentially has a
full-time AWD system with power delivered to all four
wheels. At speeds below approximately 25 mph (40 km/h)
Lock Mode, up to 50 percent of engine power is
sent to the rear wheels, enhancing traction in sandy or muddy
conditions. Lock Mode reverts to Auto Mode when
vehicle speed passes approximately 25 mph (40 km/h).
with leather option.
On the front-drive RAV4’s,
Sport Mode sharpens
shift timing, throttle and steering
response. In RAV4 with AWD, Sport Mode provides
nearly instantaneous torque transfers between the
front and rear wheels to help enhance cornering
performance. Under certain conditions, Sport
Mode can automatically deliver up to 50 percent of
engine power to the rear wheels.
Also in Sport Mode, the AWD system can apportion power
based on input from the steering angle and yaw rate
sensors of the Vehicle Stability Control system.
When turning into and through a corner, power is sent
to the rear wheels to maximize traction available at
each of the four corners of the vehicle. Under
braking in a straight line in Sport Mode, power
delivery to the rear wheels can be momentarily
suspended to exploit the benefits of ABS and VSC, as
the Integrated Dynamic
Drive System coordinates control of the new
Dynamic Torque Control 4WD, Vehicle Stability Control
(VSC) and Electric Power Steering (EPS) systems to
enhance performance, handling and safety.
side-hung tailgate has been replaced by a top-hinged
The new Toyota SUV is
equipped with a new anti-whiplash seat design, with
airbags, including a driver’s
knee airbag and twin-chamber front seat side airbags.
includes (standard and optional equipment varies
dependent on markets and versions) Automatic High Beam,
Alert and Blind Spot Monitor systems. The
Automatic High Beam system employs a camera to monitor
the road ahead and automatically switches the
headlamps from high to low beam when it detects either
a preceding or oncoming vehicle, while the Lane
Departure Alert system uses a lane recognition
camera sensor mounted at the head of the windscreen to
determine if the vehicle is unintentionally leaving
its lane. The system then alerts the driver via an
audible warning buzzer and a flashing line icon in the
The Blind Spot Warning
system notifies the RAV4's driver of a vehicle travelling in an
adjacent lane in their blind spot by illuminating the
relevant indicator mounted in the outer door mirror
surface. The system uses radar sensors mounted on both
sides of the rear of the new RAV4, which monitor the
blind area of the driver. If the turn signal lamp
switch is in operation, the indicator will flash at
fixed intervals to alert the driver.