2013 Toyota RAV4 Bringing Diesel Option To Australia Early Next Year

Mike Stevens | Nov 29, 2012

Spy photos and leaks have all ensured that buyers waiting for the next RAV4 SUV needn't stretch their minds far in imagining the look of the next-generation model.

Unveiled in Los Angeles today, the all-new 2013 RAV4 brings all of Toyota's latest styling tricks to the table. Sharp hooked lights, a deep-vee grille design and squared-off bumpers, it's all there.

The long tail-lights wrap around the rear quarter and into the tailgate, while a low-cut bumper creates a wide and deep loading aperture.

The new RAV4's engine options will include a trio of four-cylinder units, including a turbodiesel engine that Toyota Australia has confirmed will arrive with the new range early in 2013.

Mechanical Package

Engine options in the Australian 2013 RAV4 range will include two petrol four-cylinder mills, and a single turbodiesel option.

The petrol engines are familiar, with the duo led by the Camry Altise's 2.5 litre 133kW engine, followed by the Corolla Ultima's 2.0 litre 102kW mill.

The diesel option is a turbocharged common-rail 110kW 2.2 litre unit. Toyota promises fuel consumption figures below 6.0 l/100km in manual form, and CO2 emissions below 150g/km.

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All three engines will be mated to six-speed manual transmissions in standard trim.

The 2.2 diesel and 2.5 petrol can also be had with six-speed automatic shifters, while the 2.0 petrol can have a "seven-speed" CVT auto.

The new RAV4's suspension package includes McPherson struts up front and a double-wishbone arrangement at the rear.

Front- and all-wheel-drive variants will be offered, with both offering a Sport mode for sharpened electronic power steering assist and throttle response, transmission mapping and a 'blip' on downshifts.

All-wheel-drive models also feature Dynamic Torque Control, transferring more power to the rear wheels when needed.

As with the new Camry, the 2013 RAV4 makes use of high-strength steels for a stiffer build, including in the roof, rocker sills, floor, engine compartment and door frames.

Features & Dimensions

Internationally, the new RAV4 will launch with a 6.1 inch touchscreen display and reversing camera, and safety features include eight airbags, anti-lock brakes, vehicle stability control and a reach/rake adjustable steering wheel.

Other features include daytime running lights, cruise control, dual zone climate control, a powered moonroof and sliding shade, and heated mirrors.

Depending on specification, the new model will be available with 17-inch steel wheels, along with 17- and 18-inch alloys.

The spare tyre has also been relocated under the cargo floor, and the tailgate is now hinged at the top instead of the side - a significant change from RAV4s of decades past.

The new RAV4 measures 4569mm long, 1844mm wide and 1661mm tall. (Only one bodystyle has been announced so far.)

Australia

The new RAV4 will go on sale in Australia in the first quarter of 2013. Watch for more details and pricing as the launch date draws nearer.

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  • Ash says,
    2 years ago
    Anyone here notice the "way too familiar" resemblance to the new Ford Kuga??? The Glass house and raked "C-pillar", The elementary Tail-light design and even the carnivorous tailgate reported here are all there on the Kuga. Ford seem to have the better drivelines...
    • Dave says,
      2 years ago
      5 likes
      No, I don't really see any "way too familiar" resemblance to the Ford Kuga. I think I'd definitely be able to tell them apart and I don't think I'd ever mistake one for the other.
      • Ash says,
        2 years ago
        I'd never mistake either the new 2014 Kuga with the new Rav4, but cannot ignore the many design similarities.
    • graeme lacey says,
      2 years ago
      4 likes
      $24000 in usa how much here???
  • Chest Rockjaw says,
    2 years ago
    2 likes
    Please don't bring in the 2ltr CVT Toyota! If the diesel has a DPF it will be a deal killer for me.
    • Grant says,
      2 years ago
      1 like
      The last report was that the diesel was auto only but not cvt. I agree, CVT would be a deal breaker for me too. I really hope toyota don't do the way of other SUV's and only offer manual in base trim. I love the manual in my Cruiser L.
    • Guest says,
      2 years ago
      2 likes
      CVT is the best thing ever. Should have more of those fitted to improve efficiency and power.
      • Balthazaaaaaargh says,
        2 years ago
        2 likes
        Hahaha, good one John.
  • Shaun says,
    2 years ago
    1 like
    I also see the Kuga from the new rav, Ash. I really like the look of this new model.
    • Ash says,
      2 years ago
      Thanks pal, with experience in car design, I can't ignore some of the elements of these two "new" SUV's are unmistakably similar. Front-end "Faces" aside, from many other angles the cars are similar. But both good in their own right though.
      • Adam says,
        2 years ago
        You say you have experience in car design but have made 2 large mistakes. Firstly, the swept up pillar is actually the 'D' pillar not 'C'. This is a wagon shape so has one pillar more than a sedan and also Toyota had this design element when it debuted the 3rd gen Rav4 in 2005. Therefore Toyota didn't borrow any design elements from Ford.
  • WarrenY says,
    2 years ago
    Only the Japanese can get such low output from a Diesel engine.

    Everyone else can 30% more!
  • Joshua says,
    2 years ago
    2 likes
    Nice car! Toyota, please, stay away from annoying, noisy CVT transmission. Can't wait to get one for myself.
  • Vicki says,
    2 years ago
    1 like
    So sad. No more v6. Guess ill have too keep my current v6 Rav. . No more upgrading to a new model.
  • timex says,
    2 years ago
    1 like
    Bout bloody a diesel Rav 4 hit the market, has been in Europe for ages. Europe even has a diesel Yaris. So slow in Australia!
  • peter mac says,
    2 years ago
    1 like
    It's about time Toyota got their act together and gave us a diesel variant. They have been dumping all their gas guzling old stuff in OZ for too long
  • CP says,
    2 years ago
    Everyone seems to have CVTs. I have had two in my time. One was great and one downright awful. You can't deny that they are great for economy but they are a little strange when you want to have real fun.
    • CP says,
      2 years ago
      Sorry auto correct strikes again. Everyone hates CVTs I meant to say
  • Getu feleke says,
    1 year ago
    I am sure this car is made for africa b/c it is strong amayizing
    So this is my feverite car i want to drive it
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