The new generation of Toyota RAV4 is global reveal at 2012 Los Angeles International Auto Show. There are three engines variants available including a turbo-diesel engine for the first time. Somehow, I felt the front fascia of the car looks similar to the Asean bred Toyota Avanza.
According to Toyota Australia, the 2013 RAV4 will be offered with 2.0-litre 4-cylinder petrol engine, 2.5-litre 4-cylinder petrol engine and 2.2-litre 4-cylinder common-rail turbo-diesel engine.
The world debut takes the wraps off a boldly redesigned new Toyota RAV4 that features a sophisticated, dynamic and strong exterior and a spacious, high-quality interior. The spare tyre is now placed under the cargo floor and the new tailgate is hinged at the roof.
According to Toyota, all three engines for the next-generation RAV4 have impressive fuel economy and emissions performance. The new 2.2-litre turbo-diesel engine is a stand-out, with combined-cycle fuel economy dipping below 6.0 litres/100km and CO2 emissions below 150g/km when mated to a manual transmission. The diesel engine has a strong, flat torque curve with more than 200Nm available from just above idle and a peak well in excess of 300Nm.
The two petrol four-cylinder Dual VVT-i engines are almost identical to those in the 2.5-litre Camry and the 2.0-litre Corolla Altis.
For Australian market, the new 2013 Toyota RAV4 is available with 6-speed manual transmission for 3 variants, 6-speed automatic transmission for 2.2-litre diesel and 2.5-litre petrol, and CVT with 7-speed sequential manual mode for 2.0-litre petrol.
New RAV4 includes other driver-oriented improvements including an advanced all-wheel drive system, a better driving position, improved front and rear vision, and the safety of a more rigid body and seven airbags.
Premium features on high-grade variants include a power-operated tailgate, blind-spot monitor, rain-sensing wipers and electro-chromatic rear-view mirror.
“These and other attributes of the next-generation model will expand the appeal of a vehicle that has been a hit in Australia with almost 200,000 sales since the first-generation RAV4 was launched in 1994,” Mr Callachor said, executive director sales and marketing of Toyota Australia.
The latest RAV4 is expected to arrive in Australian showrooms during the first quarter of 2013.
Photo Gallery: 2013 Toyota RAV4