New RAV4 looks even better at the dealer
THE 2015 RAV4, which was launched in 2013, is the sales leader in the small SUV class, which means Toyota’s engineers had their work cut out to make the RAV4’s mid-life facelift a success.
They not only succeeded in this aim, but excelled, making the popular ute even sleeker both on paper and on the dealer’s floor.
Wheels had a look at the new model in Pietermaritzburg and can report a slinky tail light design that features LED lights and no visible reverse lights that sharpen up the rear end, while the reshaped lower tailgate and tailgate garnish further emphasise the RAV’s solid stance.
The rear bumper now comprises a larger painted section while the revised rear fog lamps, a stylish shark-fin antenna and under body valance strengthens the look.
All grades of the new RAV4 have new alloy-wheel designs with differing styles dependent on grade: The 17-inch fivespoke design on the GX now has split spokes, while the 18inch 10-spoke designs available on the VX models has been refined with slimmer spokes to express high quality and strength.
A host of new features include full LED headlights and an automatic door lock system and auto-locking retractor seatbelts for the rear centre seats. The GX models also get Trailer Sway Control and an alarm system.
The new RAV4 comes standard with a threeyear/100 000 km warranty and a five-year/90 000 km service plan. The new models are also supported by the ToyotaCare Roadside. — WR.
RAV4 2.0 GX MT - R327 700
RAV4 2.0 GX CVT - R338 800
RAV4 2.2D GX MT - R409 900
RAV4 2.5 AWD VX 6AT R457 000
RAV4 2.2D AWD VX 6AT R487 400.
The new RAV4 sports a sleeker profile, thanks to LED-equipped headlamps, and revised upper and lower grilles, front bumper and mud flaps.