Toyota's all-new RAV4 SUV is now in Australia, launching this week with a pair of four-cylinder petrol engines and, for the first time, a diesel option.
The new RAV4 kicks off at $28,490 - $500 less than the current entry model - and brings a host of new technologies and comfort features.
Toyota has applied its new styling language to the 2013 RAV4, including sharp hooked lights, a deep-vee grille design and squared-off bumpers.
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.
Engine options in the Australian 2013 RAV4 range 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 132kW engine, followed by the Corolla Ultima's 2.0 litre 107kW mill.
The diesel option is a turbocharged common-rail 2.2 litre unit producing 110kW and 340Nm, the latter available between 2000rpm and 2800rpm.
All three engines are 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.
Fuel Consumption (Combined Cycle, l/100km) -
- 2WD petrol manual: 7.7
- 2WD petrol CVT: 7.4
- AWD petrol manual: 8.6
- AWD petrol auto: 8.5
- AWD turbodiesel manual: 5.6
- AWD turbodiesel auto: 6.5
The new RAV4's suspension package consists of McPherson struts up front with a double-wishbone arrangement at the rear.
Front- and all-wheel-drive variants are available, 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.
Towing capacity for the 2.5-litre AWD petrol model is 1500kg braked and 750kg unbraked. For the 2.0 litre petrol, that drops to 800kg braked, remaining at 750kg unbraked.
In diesel form, towing is rated at 550kg for the manual, and 500kg in auto form. (Click here to read more about that low tow rating.)
Features & Dimensions
All new RAV4 models get Bluetooth phone and music connectivity, six speakers, a 60/40 split-fold rear seat that reclines, roof rails, rear spoiler, roof-hinged luggage door, cargo net, tonneau cover, 60-litre fuel tank and, on AWD variants, sound-deadening windscreen.
The entry-level GX grade gets 17-inch steel wheels as standard (available from March production), projector-style headlamps, CD tuner audio and fabric seat coverings.
Mid-level GXL upgrades to 17-inch alloy wheels, reversing camera, display audio, sporty seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, rain-sensing wipers, power-retractable exterior mirrors, keyless smart entry and push-button ignition.
Range-topping Cruiser models add satellite navigation, blind-spot monitor, power-operated luggage door, high-intensity discharge headlamps, eight-way power driver's seat and a tilt-and-slide moonroof.
The new RAV4 measures 4569mm long, 1844mm wide and 1661mm tall. Wheelbase remains unchanged at 2660mm. (Only one bodystyle has been announced so far.)
Rear leg-room has been improved by 41mm thanks to thinner front seat-backs.
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.
Cargo capacity has increased to 577 litres with the space-saver spare wheel. It is 506 litres to the top of the second-row seats with a full-sized spare wheel.
The rear cargo space is 951mm front to rear, with a maximum width of 1337mm and minimum width of 1100mm.
Toyota says the driver's field of vision has been increased by three degrees, thanks to repositioned front pillars and an eight-percent slimmer design.
Pricing (excludes on-roads)
- GX manual $28,490 ($500 less than old model)
- GXL manual $32,490 (-$1500)
- GX manual $31,990 ($0 difference)
- GXL manual $35,490 (-$1500)
- Cruiser manual $42,990 ($0 difference)
- GX manual $35,490 (new model)
- GXL manual $38,990 (new)
- Cruiser manual $46,490 (new)