New RAV4 looks even bet­ter at the dealer

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING -

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.

Prices

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.

PHOTO: QUICK­PIC

The new RAV4 sports a sleeker pro­file, thanks to LED-equipped head­lamps, and re­vised up­per and lower grilles, front bumper and mud flaps.

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