Wednesday 11 April 2012

Spied: 2014 Toyota RAV4

The current generation Toyota RAV4 was launched on the market since 2006 and received numerous updates and two facelifts to keep it fresh.

Now, spies have caught up with the fourth-generation RAV4, codenamed XA40, undergoing testing on public roads in Germany. The new RAV4 will adopt Toyota's new design language and will be given an assertive fascia.

Like the smaller Auris/Corolla replacement, the new RAV4 will look sleeker and sportier than its predecessor and will feature a longer wheelbase. Breaking tradition, the new RAV4 will feature a conventional top-hinged, upward opening tailgate without an external spare wheel to conform with European safety regulations.

Not much is known about the newcomer but rumours claim the new RAV4, Recreational Active Vehicle with 4-wheel-drive, will underpin the Toyota Camry. One thing is for certain, a slew of naturally-aspirated and turbocharged engines from BMW will be offered in Europe, in both front and four-wheel guises and manual or automatic gearboxes. The 2013 RAV4 is expected to be lighter than the current model, allowing for improved fuel economy and lower carbon emissions.

Off-road credentials won't be compromised either with locking differentials set to be standard on four-wheel-drive models. Alongside the short wheelbase model, long wheelbase models will be offered for international markets like Australia, Japan, Canada, and the United States.

Although no interior photos were taken, expect high-quality materials on the dashboard and improved luggage space. A host of new equipment will be fitted like bi-xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights, heated rear seats and a Touch and Go touchscreen multimedia system.

The new RAV4 is expected to bow before years' end before going on sale in mid-2013. Production is likely to remain in Tahara, Aichi, Japan, and Obu, Aichi, Japan, for global markets, Woodstock, Ontario, Canada for the North American market, and Tianjin, China for the Chinese market.


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Come on Toyota I have being waiting for the new Rav4 for more that a year now. How Much looooonnnnngggggeeeerrrr do I have to wait?

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