RAV4 will get fans ra­ving

George Herald - Auto Dealer - - Nuus -

Toyo­ta’s new RAV4 will in­tro­du­ce two ad­van­ced all-w­heel dri­ve (AWD) sy­s­tems that will dis­tin­guish the ran­ge with su­re-foo­t­ed cor­ne­ring and grip in all dri­ving con­di­ti­ons.

The me­cha­ni­cal AWD sy­stem has been up­da­ted with Toyo­ta’s first dy­n­a­mic tor­que vec­to­ring sy­stem that ap­por­ti­ons tor­que be­t­ween the left and rig­ht re­ar w­heels as well as be­t­ween the front and re­ar ax­les.

Due at lo­cal de­a­lers­hips du­ring the first quar­ter of next y­e­ar, the fifth ge­ne­ra­ti­on RAV4 will be of­fe­red with four-cy­lin­der di­rect-in­jecti­on en­gi­nes

- a 2,0-lit­re petrol with front w­heel dri­ve (FWD) and a 2,5-lit­re petrol with me­cha­ni­cal AWD.

Buy­ers choo­sing the new 2,5-lit­re en­gi­ne will ha­ve 152kW and 243Nm a­vai­la­ble, which is a sub­stan­ti­al 15% im­pro­vement in po­wer. It will be ma­ted ex­clu­si­ve­ly to a new eig­ht-speed au­to­ma­tic trans­mis­si­on, in­clu­ding a lo­wer first ge­ar for en­han­ced start-off per­for­man­ce and a much wi­der ra­tio spre­ad than the six-speed au­to­ma­tic it re­pla­ces.

RAV4 can al­so be e­quip­ped with a new 2,0-lit­re en­gi­ne that de­li­vers ther­mal ef­fi­cien­cy of up to 40%.

Max­i­mum po­wer has been in­cre­a­sed by 18% to 127kW with a ge­ne­rous peak tor­que fi­gu­re of 203Nm. It will co­me with the c­hoi­ce of a con­ti­nu­ous­ly va­ri­a­ble trans­mis­si­on (CVT) or an in­tel­li­gent six-speed ma­nu­al ge­ar­box that pro­vi­des rev-ma­t­ching con­t­rol for smoot­her and mo­re re­spon­si­ve ge­ar shifts.

T­his new CVT fe­a­tu­res an in­no­va­ti­ve launch ge­ar for spor­ty dri­ving with im­pres­si­ve fu­el ef­fi­cien­cy. The me­cha­ni­cal all-w­heel dri­ve sy­stem for the 2,5-lit­re petrol en­gi­ne with eig­ht­speed au­to­ma­tic, fe­a­tu­res Toyo­ta’s first dy­n­a­mic tor­que vec­to­ring sy­stem. It en­su­res sta­ble per­for­man­ce and accu­ra­te re­spon­se to s­teer­ing in­puts w­hen cor­ne­ring, in dry as well as slip­pe­ry con­di­ti­ons.

As well as pro­vi­ding up to 50% of the a­vai­la­ble tor­que to the re­ar w­heels, the new sy­stem in­tro­du­ces in­de­pen­dent cou­plings on the re­ar-ax­le out­put shafts to con­t­rol tor­que dis­tri­bu­ti­on be­t­ween the left and rig­ht w­heels.

W­hen AWD is not re­qui­red, such as du­ring con­stant-speed dri­ving, a new dis­con­nect fe­a­tu­re stops ro­ta­ti­on of the dri­ve li­ne to con­tri­bu­te to lo­wer fu­el con­sump­ti­on. Per­for­man­ce of the RAV4’s two AWD sy­s­tems is furt­her im­pro­ved with the in­tro­ducti­on of AWD In­te­gra­ted Ma­na­ge­ment (AIM). AIM au­to­ma­ti­cal­ly ad­justs vi­tal vehi­cle sy­s­tems - s­teer­ing as­sist, bra­ke and thrott­le con­t­rol, shift pat­tern and dri­ve tor­que dis­tri­bu­ti­on - ac­cor­ding to the dri­ve mo­de se­lected.

The dri­ver can switch from Nor­mal to Eco or Sport mo­de.

In Eco mo­de, AIM de­cre­a­ses dri­ve tor­que to en­han­ce fu­el ef­fi­cien­cy. In Sport mo­de, it mo­di­fies the s­teer­ing as­sist, thrott­le con­t­rol shift sche­du­le and dri­ve tor­que dis­tri­bu­ti­on to gain bet­ter on-ro­ad per­for­man­ce.

For the me­cha­ni­cal AWD sy­stem, a mul­ti-ter­rain switch e­na­bles the dri­ver to se­lect the ap­pro­pri­a­te set­tings for mud and sand or rock and dirt. Lo­cal spe­ci­fi­ca­ti­on and mo­del li­ne-up will be an­noun­ced in Ja­nu­a­ry.

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