RAV4 takes a new road
DIESEL power and an automatic gearbox will kick Toyota’s next RAV4 into new family territory when the SUV hits Australia in February.
Toyota is hoping the inclusion of a diesel model, a first for RAV4 in Australia, will recapture some of the interest lost to Mazda’s CX-5.
A Toyota Australia spokesperson says no details of the diesel are being released before the launch, though staff and some dealers have driven the car in Australia.
The new wagon is bigger but sits on the same platform as the current model.
The Toyota insider says most artist renderings of what is believed to be the next RAV4 are ‘‘not even close’’, with the wagon taking on squarer lines ‘‘more like the Prado at the back’’.
It will also lose the rear-door-mounted spare wheel, which moves to beneath the cargo floor.
Reorganising the cabin furniture will mean more legroom for the rear passengers compared with the current model.
The dashboard follows contemporary design with a large central monitor.
But the biggest news will be the drivetrains. In order to lure buyers, fuel economy is a major issue.
Australia will get a similar spec to the UK-spec RAV4 for 2013, including an optional 2.2-litre D-CAT turbo-diesel attached to either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive. The diesel will come in in two outputs — 110kW 340Nm and 130kW/400Nm — though Australia is likely to miss out on the more powerful version.
The diesel is expected to average 6.0 l/100km.