2018 Toyota RAV4
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Alex Rae | Apr, 05 2018 | 0 Comments

Australia will adopt an almost identical looking version of the new Toyota RAV4 revealed at the 2018 New York motor show in March.

Toyota Europe revealed its take on the new fifth-generation SUV overnight and Toyota Australia has confirmed it will closely mimic the car we receive in 2019. And differences to the US-spec car appear minor.

Closing-in towards a global aesthetic the SUV retains the same large trapezoidal honeycomb grille and fascia upfront with minor changes to its LED headlamps that are restyled with black skirting and a slightly thinner look at each end. But the new RAV4 marks a big departure from the current model’s styling that comes in to compete against new arrivals such as the recently revealed Subaru Forester and Hyundai Tucson updates.

The European model sports the same black alloys wheels, side skirts and exterior accents as the car revealed in New York while the interior appears unchanged with the same clean design and central tablet-style 7.0-inch display that features Apple CarPlay connectivity.

Under the skin is the latest Toyota New Global Architecture platform that Toyota says gives better ride and handling, but the European-spec vehicle details a change of drivetrain.

The sporty electrified 2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol hybrid carries over while the US-spec 2.5-litre petrol mated to a CVT will be replaced by a smaller 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine with a choice of either manual or conventional automatic transmission, the latter being able to disconnect drive to the rear axle for more efficient fuel consumption.

While we now have a clearer picture of what will replace the Japanese brand’s ageing mid-size SUV in our market, Toyota Australia says finer details such as pricing and full specification are yet to be confirmed.

“The European version is closer to the Australian version than the American version, however, there are still a number of specifications which may differ between the European version and ours when it lands in 2019,” a Toyota Australia spokesperson told Drive.

“That level of detail will be confirmed closer to launch.”

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