Top two-wheel-drive added to Rav4 range

Top two-wheel-drive added to Rav4 range

The increasing importance of two-wheel-drive models to sports utility vehicle market has been hinted it with the newest Toyota Rav4 released.

A new Limited model in front-wheel-drive has been added to the country’s top selling SUV – and fifth highest selling vehicle overall – as part of a midlife facelift that sees the car take on a look echoing the Corolla’s current look.

Toyota’s ‘Safety Sense’ intelligent safety package also debuts in the model on GXL and Limited variants.

With updates to the CVT transmission, resulting in improved fuel economy for 2WD variants, and the addition of a new NOx reduction system for diesel variants, all 2016 RAV4 have achieved EURO5 emission standards.

Transmission options across the GX, GXL and Limited grades include a 2.0-litre petrol engine with CVT transmission, a 2.5-litre petrol engine with six-speed automatic transmission and 2.2-litre turbo diesel engine with six-speed automatic completing the nine model line-up.

The addition of the 2.0-litre petrol 2WD Limited to the line-up provides urban drivers, or those who do not require 4WD capability, with the same superior level of specification of an AWD Limited in petrol or diesel without incurring the cost of the drivetrain and retails at $47,990.

The ‘Safety Sense’ system features a features a pre-crash system, lane departure alert with steering assist function, dynamic radar cruise control with automatic brake control and automatic high beam.

GX gains a backing monitor with static guidelines while GXL variants are enhanced with the addition of dynamic guidelines and blind spot monitor with rear cross traffic alert, features previously exclusive to the Limited grades of the outgoing model. GXL and Limited gain front parking sensors.

A reversing camera, hill-start assist and downhill assist control (4WD models only), a seven air bag system, two ISOFIX child seat anchor points and three tether anchors come standard across the range.

There are new self-levelling LED headlamps with incorporated daytime running lights across the range.

Improvements to the CVT have resulted in fuel consumption and emission reductions for 2WD petrol models with the combined fuel consumption down to 7.0L/100km, a reduction of more than five percent and combined CO2 emissions have decreased from 173g/km to 162g/km.

Inside, GXL adopts a 4.2” colour display, leather steering wheel, a leather gear lever with silver detail, premium fabric seats, chrome inside door handles, illuminated entry system, dual-zone climate control and privacy tinted rear and back glass.

Limited models feature a moon roof with tilt and slide functions, leather finished door trims, leather accented seats, an 11 speaker JBL premium audio system and Satellite Navigation with SUNA traffic avoidance system. Limited models also have the exclusive interior colour option Vigor Tan – which replaces Terracotta in the outgoing model.

The range opens at $37,490 for the 2.0-litre 2WD GX, and tops out at $60,990 for the 2.2-litre AWD diesel Limited.

As of the end of November, RAV4 sales CYTD are at 3,058, and of that, 27.2% were 2WD variants with the most popular model being the 2.5-litre petrol AWD GXL accounting for 45.7%, or 1,396 sales.

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