Details of the model line-up, equipment specifications and on-the-road prices have been announced for the all-new Toyota RAV4.
With the introduction of the fifth generation model, Toyota’s best-selling SUV becomes exclusively a self-charging full hybrid model, equipped with a new TNGA (Toyota New Global Architecture) 2.5-litre powertrain that delivers a strong combination of power, performance and high fuel and emissions efficiency. In front-wheel drive models, maximum output is 215bhp, with CO2 emissions from 102g/km, while in the all-wheel drive powertrain, power is 219bhp with emissions from 103g/km (emissions figures are provisional prior to official homologation).
The new RAV4 also breaks new ground in adopting a TNGA platform, enabling a design that reduces the vehicle’s overall height and the height of the bonnet, while improving passenger accommodation and load space within a longer wheelbase. The TNGA chassis also makes a big contribution to RAV4’s handling, comfort and stability, with a lower centre of gravity and substantial increase in body rigidity.
The new Hybrid AWD-i (available on Design, Excel and Dynamic models) is an intelligent all-wheel drive system with much greater capability than that featured in the current RAV4 Hybrid, both for on and off-road driving. As an electric-powered system, it is lighter and more compact than mechanical all-wheel drive, yet can achieve the same level of torque output.
Drive torque is automatically directed to the rear axle when pulling away, or when low-grip conditions are detected. The driver can also select a new Trail function that ensures torque is directed only to the wheels with grip, helping keep the vehicle on the move if one wheel loses contact with the ground when driving over challenging terrain.
Toyota retailers are accepting orders for the new RAV4 from today (3 December) with the official start of sales and deliveries of front-wheel drive models from 1 April next year; all-wheel drive versions will follow from May 2019.
Equipment grades and options
The new RAV4 is available in four equipment grades, Icon, Design, Dynamic and Excel, offering a wealth of comfort, convenience and technology features that meet the requirements and preferences of today’s SUV customers.
At the entry point to the range, the RAV4 Icon is available exclusively with front-wheel drive. The standard features include: –
The Design model can be specified with front or all-wheel drive and adds features including: –
The Excel model extends the Design specification with: –
The options for the RAV4 Excel are a nine-speaker JBL premium sound system, packaged with a Panoramic View Monitor, and an opening panoramic roof.
Striking a more sporting appearance, the RAV4 Dynamic adopts (further to the Design specification): –
The same options are available as for the Excel grade.
Customer can choose from a range of nine exterior colours, including new Urban Khaki, Cyan Splash, Obsidian Blue and Galaxy Black. Metallic paint and a bi-tone finish are included in the standard specification of the Dynamic models, combining a black roof and pillars with White Pearl, Silver Blade, Decuma Grey or Obsidian Blue bodywork. On Excel models, the leather upholstery can be specified in black, grey or beige.
Second generation Toyota Safety Sense
All new RAV4 models are equipped with the second generation of Toyota Safety Sense. Significant upgrades have been made to some of the systems in the package, notably with the Pre-Collision System now able to detect pedestrians in the vehicle’s path during both day and night-time driving, and cyclists during daylight hours.
The Adaptive Cruise Control has improved deceleration and acceleration control, keeping the RAV4 a safe distance from the vehicle ahead. Now a full-speed system, the ACC has a new low-speed function for driving in stop-start traffic, bringing the car to a halt when the vehicle in front stops. Other systems include Lane Departure Alert and Lane Trace Assist, to help keep the vehicle positioned within its traffic lane, Road Sign Assist and Automatic High Beam.
Other advanced safety features include a Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Cross Traffic Alert (Excel and Design grades) for safe manoeuvring, and an E-Call service on all models that can automatically alert the emergency services to the vehicle’s location in the event of an accident – triggered when the airbags are deployed.
The full RAV4 launch line-up and on-the-road prices are given in the table below. Toyota’s UK retailers are now accepting pre-orders for the vehicles ahead of vehicles arriving from February next year. Deliveries of FWD models to customers will commence in April, with AWD-i models following from May.
|Icon||2.5 Hybrid CVT FWD||£29,635|
|Design||2.5 Hybrid CVT FWD||£31,190|
|Design||2.5 Hybrid CVT AWD||£33,430|
|Excel||2.5 Hybrid CVT FWD||£33,610|
|Excel||2.5 Hybrid CVT AWD||£35,850|
|Dynamic||2.5 Hybrid CVT FWD||£34,400|
|Dynamic||2.5 Hybrid CVT AWD||£36,640|