Toyota unveiled its fourth generation compact SUV Rav4 at the 2012 Los Angeles motor show. The new RAV4 is longer (+205mm over SWB model without rear wheel carrier) and wider (+30mm) but lower (-25mm) than its predecessor, and presents a new silhouette that expresses its versatility, roominess and improved dynamic capabilities.
That pioneering three-door model – its name standing for Recreational Active Vehicle 4-wheel drive – was quite different from traditional 4x4s, being conceived as an “urban” all-wheel drive vehicle with a monocoque chassis rather than body-on-frame construction, and independent suspension. Power came from a relatively small 2.0-litre, transverse mounted petrol engine.
Toyota’s vision for a new kind of car proved a big success that other manufacturers were keen to follow. Today there are around 20 different models competing in the segment.
The three generations of RAV4 have amassed more than 4.5 million sales in more than 150 countries worldwide. European markets have accounted for more than 1.2 million of that total, with sales in the UK surpassing 155,000 units by the end of last year.
To strengthen its appeal in these respects, the new RAV4 builds on the core values of its predecessors, while introducing distinctive new styling, a premium quality interior, stronger and more rewarding dynamic performance and more fuel-efficient powertrains.
- New exterior design with signature Toyota styling elements, and ergonomic new interior
- More cabin space, greater comfort and increased load capacity
- New powertrains with better performance, reduced fuel consumption and lower emissions
- New Integrated Dynamic Drive System delivers better on-road dynamic performance
- Top hinged tailgate a standard feature on RAV4 for the first time
- Designed to meet requirements for a five-star rating in Euro-NCAP crash testing
- UK model range, specifications and product details to be announced shortly