Toyota is expecting to further boost their sales on the compact SUV segment with the introduction of their fourth generation RAV4 model which was teased earlier and was officially unveiled during the opening day of the currently ongoing LA Auto Show 2012.
The RAV4, which stands for Recreational Active Vehicle 4(WD) have gone past three generations and have sold more than 4.5 million worldwide since its introduction in 1994. Toyota made sure to keep the fundamental design elements(space and versatility) consistently relevant to the previous models throughout its evolution.
The new RAV4 has been redesigned from the ground up, it is now slightly bigger than its predecessor by over 205mm longer and 30mm wider but is lower by 25mm for extra comfort and improved dynamic capabilities. The tailgate, for the first time, is now top-hinged and comes with an integrated roof spoiler.
For a more engaging driving experience, the driving position has been lowered by 5mm and was designed for excellent ergonomics, greater comfort, better forward visibility.
The engine line-up for the new RAV4 in western Europe includes a 149bhp 2.0-liter petrol engine, a new 122bhp 2.0-liter, and a 148bhp 2.2-liter diesel engine. The range has been selected to give the new model an unmatched balance of front and all-wheel drive performance with class-leading CO2 emissions across the board.
As well as providing a more comfortable and focused driving position, the new RAV4 builds on its SUV attributes with retuned suspension, revised electric power steering, and an Integrated Dynamic Drive System that comes with a new Sport mode.
Down-hill Assist and Hill-start Assist Control are also available. Down-hill Assist is featured on all models equipped with automatic transmission and is particularly helpful when driving in slippery conditions.
The all-new 2013 RAV4 also has new safety features like the anti-whiplash seats and sports a total of seven airbags, fitted as standard feature. Driving assistance features like the lane departure alert and blind spot monitor driving are also featured on the RAV4.