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Tony O'Kane | Sep, 15 2015 | 7 Comments

Toyota will launch a facelifted RAV4 range in Australia this December, with the popular midsize SUV gaining a new look, more safety equipment, refined suspension settings and minor revisions to instrumentation.

The cosmetic upgrades will be largely confined to bumpers and lights. The front air dam will be bigger, the rear bumper more prominent and new LED headlamps and tail lights will feature (note - US-market hybrid model shown).

Inside, the mid- and high-grade GXL and Cruiser variants will receive new instrument clusters with a colour 4.2-inch multifunction display nestled between the speedometer and tachometer.

Safety equipment gets a big leg up in the flagship RAV4 Cruiser, which will receive new active safety tech as standard including autonomous emergency braking, active cruise control, front parking sensors and a collision detection.

GXL buyers will be able to option the above equipment at extra cost. Automatic high beam and Lane Departure alert will also be available.

For the Cruiser, blind sport monitoring and rear cross traffic alert will continue to be standard. All models will come with trailer sway control as standard too.

The RAV4's mechanical underpinnings have also come in for a spruce-up, with new spring and damper settings designed to improve ride quality and handling while also suppressing body roll.

Structural reinforcements to the rear body shell also help the RAV4's chassis perform. Meanwhile, Toyota also promises its 2016 RAV4 range will be quieter thanks to increased sound insulation coverage throughout the cabin.

The 2016 RAV4 range will continue to be offered with a choice of three engines, though each will be updated to be compliant with Euro 5 emissions regulations.

AWD models can be had with a 110kW/340Nm 2.2-litre turbo-diesel or a 132kW/233Nm 2.5-litre petrol engine, the former available with a six-speed manual or automatic and the latter sold exclusively with a six-speed auto.

At the lower end of the range will be the 2WD 2.0 litre petrol variants, which take 107kW and 187Nm to the front wheels via a six-speed manual or CVT automatic.

More detailed Australia-specific specifications, as well as pricing, will be released closer to the 2016 RAV4's local market launch in December.

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