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CRUISE CONTROL FOR GX MODELS
The modern SUV has become the quintessential multi-purpose vehicle. Living up to the Sports Utility Vehicle moniker, and in reaction to a host of new SUV models being introduced locally, the Toyota RAV4 (the model that started the SUV craze) has recently received a specification touch-up.
With a host of comfort and convenience features, seating for five, and a myriad of cupholders and storage compartments, long-distance trips have now been made even more relaxing, especially with the fitment of cruise control to all RAV4 GX derivatives.
The system can be operated easily from the multi-function steering mounted switchgear, while the tactile feel of the steering wheel has been bolstered with the inclusion of leather upholstery. On the exterior front, a new metallic red hue has been added to the colour palette.
The model line-up remains untouched with a choice of three engine configurations and two spec levels; GX and VX. Buyers can opt for a 2.0-litre 4-cylinder unit producing 107 kw and 187 Nm, available in either 6-speed manual or self-shifting Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT), while diesel fans can acquire the 2.2-litre derivative, serving up 110 kw and 340 Nm. The line-up is rounded off by a 2.5-litre petrol auto derivative, delivering 132 kw and a healthy 233 Nm of torque.
Pricing ranges from R374,500 for the 2.0 GX manual, R387,200 for the 2.0 GX CVT, R552,400 for the 2.2D VX auto, and R518,200 for the 2.5 VX auto, all with a 3-year/100 000 km warranty and a 5-year/90 000 km service plan.