Facelift Rav4 adds aggressive modernism
THE launch of the new Hilux has temporarily eclipsed most things at Toyota, but the recent update of the best- selling Rav4 for 2016 is important, given the fact that the company moves around 500 units a month.
The front has acquired LED headlamps and the grill and bumper have been redesigned to give the vehicle a sleek and aggressive look.
At the back the tail lamp clusters have lost a little weight and the back bumper has been redesigned. The vehicle kindly made available to us by Deon Olivier, new car sales manager at McCarthy Toyota, Pietermaritzburg also had alloy wheels in a new design, which adds to the Rav’s feeling of aggressive modernism.
The Rav 4 2.0 GX Manual which we drove is probably the best value of the five- model Rav 4 range and Toyota have upgrad- ed the cabin build quality and the materials used.
There is a little discreet fiddling in the cabin to offer some extra storage space, but by and large most design features remain the same.
The infotainment touch screen has grown to seven inches and a third 12 V power plug is available to those in the third row of seats.
In terms of safety the Rav 4 now also has a Trailer Safety system, which helps to control trailer sway, particularly at speed.
For the rest the Rav4 remains as it was, one of South Africa’s most popular SUVs and the good news is that the price remains the same and has not risen in line with the current round of price increases.
The entry model comes in at R330 000 and the range- topping AWD VX 2,5- litre petrol will cost you around R460 000.
The new Hilux now has the same trailer sway control offered by the RAV4.