Curious as to what the JDM RAV4 looks like?
Months after the all-new RAV4 made its local debut in the Philippines, Toyota recently launched the all-new RAV4 in its home market. Featuring a more rugged look, as well as plenty of high-tech gizmos, the JDM RAV4 is set to deliver a comfortable, confident and fuel-efficient drive every day.
Beginning with its looks, the JDM RAV4 is top-of-the-line Adventure trim resembles the US-spec Off-Road special. It gets a more imposing front grill, a different set of foglights, and a skid plate mounted on the front bumper. It also gets huge 19-inch five-spoke alloy wheels and matte black fender flares that give it a more rugged appearance.
Mid-grade and entry-level models of the all-new RAV4 in Japan get the same look and appearance as the ones we get here locally.
Inside, the Japanese-spec RAV4 gets the same cabin design as the ones we get. However, high-grade models in Japan are available with a wide variety of finishes, colors and cabin trimmings. From white colored trim pieces, to white and beige colored seats with red accents on the dashboard and center console, the Toyota RAV4 in Japan features a nicer-looking interior.
As for what's under the hood, the JDM-spec RAV4 can be had with two Dynamic Force engines. First up is the 2.0-liter M20A inline-four that is connected to a continuously variable transmission (CVT). Next is the 2.5-liter A25A inline-four hybrid mated to an eight-speed automatic.
Both engines are available in either front-wheel drive or four-wheel drive. Only available on the top-of-the-line Hybrid X, however, is the E-Four electric four-wheel drive system which does away with the traditional torque vectoring system.
Besides having high-tech engines, the RAV4 also comes with Toyota's latest Safety Sense preventive safety systems. These include pre-collision safety, dynamic radar cruise control, lane traffic assist, automatic high beam assist, road sign assist, and lane departure warning.
It's a shame that Toyota does not offer the Adventure trim here in the Philippines. Hopefully the automaker can make the Adventure add-ons available as dealer options or accessories for those that prefer their RAV4 have a bit more rugged charm.