Toyota’s busy 2015 isn’t quite over yet, with an updated RAV4 squeezing in before the end of the year, joining updated versions of the Camry, Corolla hatch, Prius C, Prius V, Aurion, Hiace, Prado, LandCruiser 200 and an all-new Hilux.
Toyota’s medium SUV features a restyled front and rear, with new LED-intensive light-clusters, new alloy wheel designs, and improved driver assistance tecnologies.
Despite the changes, Toyota has been able to hold the price of petrol automatic variants, and in some cases reduce them slightly, manual versions go up by $500 while diesel versions, now equipped with a particulate filter, rise between $1000 and $2000.
Starting with the cabin, Toyota has added additional sound-deadening to reduce road, tyre, and exhaust noise. There’s also a redesigned centre console and sunglasses holder plus new matte black trim with silver accents.
GXL and Cruiser models are fitted with a new instrument cluster including a 4.2-inch TFT display; GXL also gains a self-dimming interior mirror, while Cruiser offers its leather trim in black, beige or tan, depending on exterior colour.
New safety technology includes pre-collision system with 'forward collision alert' and autonomous braking, lane departure warning, automatic high beam, radar cruise control, blind-spot monitor and rear cross-traffic alert.
The safety suite is standard on top-of-the-line Cruiser, but can be optioned on GXL for $2500
Under the bonnet, Toyota continues to offer three engines, each of which has been upgraded to meet Euro 5 emissions compliance.
The range starts with a 107kW/187Nm 2.0 litre naturally-aspirated four-cylinder petrol engine, available with a six-speed manual or CVT automatic in front wheel drive GX and GXL.
All-wheel-drive versions can be paired with a 110kW/340Nm 2.2 litre four-cylinder turbo diesel, linked to either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic, or a 132kW/233Nm 2.5 litre four-cylinder petrol, linked to a six-speed automatic.
Suspension has also been revised with retuned spring and damper settings to increase comfort and enhance straight line stability.
Towing capacity is rated at 800kg braked for 2WD, 1500kg braked for petrol AWD and 1200kg braked for diesel models.
Fuel consumption is rated at between 7.0 and 7.7 l/100km for 2WD models, 8.5 l/100km for the AWD petrol, and between 5.7 and 6.7 l/100km for diesel models.
2.0 GX petrol 2WD Manual $27,990
2.0 GX petrol 2WD Automatic $29,990
2.0 GXL petrol 2WD Manual $31,990
2.0 GXL petrol 2WD Automatic $33,990
2.5 GX petrol AWD Automatic $32,990
2.5 GXL petrol AWD Automatic $36,990
2.5 Cruiser petrol AWD Automatic $44,490
2.2 GX diesel AWD Manual $35,990
2.2 GX diesel AWD Automatic $37,990
2.2 GXL diesel AWD Manual $39,990
2.2 GXL diesel AWD Automatic $41,990
2.2 Cruiser diesel AWD Automatic $49,490
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