After seven years of career, it was high time to give offspring to the Toyota RAV4. Branch of Toyota took advantage of its visit to Los Angeles to unveil is the fourth generation of this model with the hope to regain the top of the sales charts.
Launched for the first time in 1996 in North America, this model make us remember the awakened the world of compact vehicles. A category that brand Suzuki long cultivated only with Samurai and Sidekick, and more recently with its Vitara and Grand Vitara.
Retouch skillfully made to the Toyota RAV4’s 2013 are insufficient, far away, to reconnect with the originality and the temperament of the founding myth. To convince us, the new Toyota RAV4 is shorter, less than its predecessor. The wheelbase however remains the same, but its width is increased.
These changes have brought its designers to rethink the cockpit now exclusively available in configuration management five-seats. The second once proposed seat has been removed from the catalog of this model scheduled for commercialization in the next spring.
The proportions are changing, the silhouette also. It remains wisely classic, particularly in its rear part that now adopts a conventional door. On the other hand, at the front, the Toyota RAV4 subtly adopted new aesthetic codes of the brand inaugurated by the NS4 concept presented a few months ago.
The efforts of designers focused mainly on the interior. Improves the quality of the materials and Toyota claims that the acoustic comfort is significantly higher than the model it replaces, without increasing the weight.
Under the hood there is a mechanics will be familiar with the range of the Japanese driver: the 2.5-liter four-cylinder. This engine produces 176 horsepower and 172 pound-feet of torque and is now linked to a 6-speed automatic transmission. It includes including several modes, including a Sport that also changes the Steering and accelerator course. Note that the powerful 3.5 litre V6 has been abandoned. The prospective buyer is no longer just select the transmission mode: two or four wheel drive.
Toyota is well kept to indicate if a hybrid engine will be offered in the near future. However, for some people consider that this new RAV4 will share its technical base with a future model of entry-level Lexus. The Toyota luxury brand has a void to fill in this segment that continues to grow.