Automotive Purchasing Weekly 7 December 2015 - page 4

2015 renewal
7 December 2015 | OEM
Toyota has released a substantially upgraded RAV4 SUV, completing a remarkable 2015 in
which it has launched, replaced or renewed models representing three-quarters of its sales
The latest changes to RAV4 extend
Toyota’s revitalisation this year to 13 models
with combined sales of at least 150,000 per
year including its three most popular vehicles
- Camry, HiLux and Corolla hatch.
RAV4 adopts sleeker and more dynamic
exterior styling, refreshed interiors, Euro
5 engines, trailer sway control and new
features including an available package of
integrated active safety and driver assistance
The newly developed safety features use
a forward-facing camera and millimetre-wave
radar to trigger vehicle systems, including
autonomous braking, to prevent or mitigate
the force of a collision.
Prices for automatic petrol models
have been held or reduced despite the
improvements while manual versions have
edged up just $500. Prices for the turbo-diesel
variants, which also gain a diesel particulate
filter, have risen between $1,000 and $2,000.
Toyota’s Executive Director Sales and
Marketing Tony Cramb said couples or families
with active lifestyles would appreciate the
refreshed styling and expanded equipment
“The updates to RAV4 cap off a sustained
roll-out of new or refreshed Toyota vehicles in
2015 - a period of renewal that is delivering
motorists more choice, quality and driving
enjoyment while underpinning Toyota’s sales
growth into 2016,” Cramb said.
Earlier this year, Toyota implemented a
sweeping redesign of the locally built Camry,
launched the highly anticipated eighth-
generation HiLux and upgraded the hatch
version of Australia’s best-selling car, Corolla.
Toyota also expanded its market-leading
SUV line-up with the seven-seat Fortuner and
introduced improvements to the LandCruiser
Prado and 200 Series, Aurion V6 sedan,
Prius c and v hybrids, HiAce bus and van, and
Coaster bus.
Exterior changes to the RAV4 include a
bolder-looking front design with a larger lower
grille and slimline LED projector headlights
that incorporate high and low beams in a
housing that also integrates LED daytime
running lights.
Restyled front and rear bumpers add 35mm
to the RAV4’s overall length while new wheel-
arch mouldings and rocker panels sharpen
the sides and contribute to a more flowing
profile. LED taillights add a premium touch.
New wheel designs for mid-range GXL
and high-grade Cruiser and a standard shark
fin antenna on all grades further accent the
freshened look of the RAV4.
The GXL moves up from a 17-inch alloy to a
stylish 18-inch black alloy with bright machined
spokes. Cruiser’s new 18-inch alloys have five
pairs of spokes while entry-level GX has a 17-
inch steel wheel with low rolling resistance
Capping the exterior restyle are three
additions to the colour palette: Deep Red
mica metallic (replacing Wildfire), Hazel and
Blue Gem.
RAV4’s cabin is quieter for greater occupant
comfort and ease of conversation due to
expanded insulation coverage and thickness
to reduce road, tyre and exhaust noise.
There is new matte black trim with
contrasting silver accents. The centre console
has been redesigned so the front cup holder
can accommodate mugs with handles. A 12-
volt accessory socket in the second row (in
addition to two in the front) and a new holder
for sunglasses have also been adopted.
GXL and Cruiser gain a new two-dial
instrument cluster with a 4.2-inch colour TFT
(thin-film-transistor) multi-information display.
GXL is now fitted with an electro-chromatic
rear-view mirror. RAV4 Cruiser’s interior,
including its leather-accented seats, can be
specified in black, tan or beige depending on
the exterior colour.
Ride comfort and driver involvement have
been improved with measures including a
more rigid rear body shell that contributes
to greater driving stability and improved ride
Shock absorbers and coil springs
have been revised to give a flatter, more
comfortable ride and to enhance straight-line
technologies include Pre-Collision System
with forward collision warning and automatic
emergency brake, Lane Departure Alert,
Automatic High Beam and Dynamic Radar
Cruise Control.
The newly developed features, standard
on Cruiser and included in an optional
technical pack for GXL with CVT or automatic
transmissions, also includes Blind Spot
Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert and front
parking sensors.
Pre-Collision Safety System can warn the
driver of a possible crash and automatically
apply the brakes. Automated braking can
reduce vehicle speed by approximately
Active Cruise Control helps the driver keep
a safe distance from the car in front. It also
monitors vehicles merging into or out of the
lane ahead to support smooth acceleration
and deceleration.
Automatic High Beam (already standard on
Cruiser) detects the headlights of oncoming
vehicles and the taillights of preceding
vehicles, switching automatically between
high and low beam to avoid dazzling other
drivers. More frequent use of high beam
helps with earlier detection of pedestrians
and obstacles.
Lane Departure Alert (already standard on
Cruiser) is designed to help avoid collisions
by warning the driver if the vehicle starts to
deviate from the lane without the indicators
having been engaged.
RAV4 is offered with three four-cylinder
engines, starting with a 107kW 2.0-litre petrol
for the two-wheel drive (2WD) variants.
All-wheel drive (AWD) versions can be
specified with a 2.2-litre turbo-diesel engine
that develops 340Nm of torque, or a 2.5-litre
petrol engine that develops 132kW.
The 2WD RAV4 is fitted with a six-speed
manual gearbox or Toyota’s Multidrive S
automatic transmission that also provides a
sporty, sequential seven-speed mode.
Petrol AWD variants are fitted with a six-
speed multi-mode sequential-shift automatic
while diesel AWD RAV4 offers the choice of
the six-speed manual or automatic gearboxes.
A feature of the range is Toyota’s advanced
all-wheel drive technology, Dynamic Torque
Control AWD. It uses information from speed,
steering-angle and yaw-rate sensors to
control torque transfer between the front and
rear wheels.
RAV4 first arrived in Australia in 1994,
heralding a new era in the automotive world
by paving the way for the popularity of sports
utility vehicles - a segment that continues to
Four generations of RAV4 have sold
more than six million units around the world,
including more than 248,000 in Australia.
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