New model, brings hybrid power, new styling and tech updates


A hybrid all-wheel-drive will headline the coming of the fifth-generation Toyota RAV4 when it lands in Australia after March subsequent yr.

The hybrid might be Toyota’s first petrol-electric SUV and might be offered in entrance and all-wheel-drive guises, with the AWD model fitted with an additional electrical motor at the rear axle able to sending as much as 80 in step with cent of torque to the rear wheels. It is going to additionally use a restricted slip diff to maximize grip on and off-the avenue via shifting torque to the wheel with essentially the most traction if it detects slip.

Toyota says the hybrid’s electrical AWD is extra compact and fuel-efficient than the mechanical AWD that underpins the two.5-litre petrol variant, which is able to depend on Toyota’s first utility of torque-vectoring rather than the hybrid’s LSD.

The petrol AWD may even have “multi-terrain” force modes, with the choice to choose between “dust and sand” and “rock and dust” when off-road. At the freeway, it’s going to force best the entrance wheels to decrease gas use.

Blended outputs from the hybrid’s 2.5-litre engine and electrical motor might be 155kW. Toyota hasn’t launched mixed torque however says the petrol engine delivers 221Nm. The corporate is persisting with the inexpensive however much less energy-dense nickel-metal hybrid battery pack, which might be fixed below the rear seat to keep away from shedding baggage area.

The “fleet particular” front-wheel-drive RAV4 will use a brand new direct-injection 2.0-litre petrol engine with 127kW/203Nm, matched to both a six-speed guide or often variable transmission.

A retuned model of the hybrid’s 2.5-litre engine might be solely paired with a mechanical AWD set-up able to sending as much as 50 in step with cent of torque to the again tyres and is rated at 152kW/243Nm. Toyota says that’s an influence bump of 15 in step with cent over the present 2.Five litre engine, whilst torque is up via a extra modest four in step with cent. This model will use a brand new eight-speed automated transmission.

The brand new RAV4 is a cornerstone automobile for Toyota, with greater than 300,000 gross sales in Australia, headlined via 20,000 gross sales closing yr. The booming SUV marketplace approach Toyota will ruin that report in 2018, having already offered 18,500 cars thus far.

The brand new model rides on a wheelbase that’s 30mm longer than prior to, releasing further cabin area. The opposite key dimensions see the SUV develop via 5mm in duration and 10mm in width, although peak is down via 10mm.

Smartphone mirroring received’t be to be had on Australian RAV4s.

Australia’s vice chairman gross sales and advertising Sean Hanley says the brand new drivelines and AWD techniques will ship enhanced efficiency, capacity and keep an eye on.

3 grilles are to be had at the US-spec vehicles and Hanley received’t verify if we’ll get all 3 however Information Corp expects the pick-up impressed double-slate grille to be fitted at the 2.5-litre AWD.

“The RAV4 seems to be tricky … and hard SUVs are the longer term however they are going to need to have refinement and inside luxurious,” Hanley says.



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