Thursday, 29 November 2012


An all-new 2013 Toyota RAV4 sounds exactly like something right up our alley. It’s been about 6 years since we last saw the new RAV4 and Toyota is very keen to get back into the swing of things, especially since the recent successes of cars like the Hyundai ix35 and Kia Sportage.

This new car obviously features a new look, all over. CEO Akio Toyoda has been at pains to reshape his grand-daddy’s company in the light of Koreans’ onslaught and some sloppy (or just plain boring) designs. The new RAV4 has certainly addressed a lot of these concerns, just like recent new Toyotas like the Prius and Yaris also have.

The interior reeks of maturity and upper-class quality materials. From the premium-looking dashboard and leather interior, to the hi-tech features, the RAV4 is pulling no punches trying to claw back its leadership position in the segment.

As such we see a proliferation of features like a steering wheel with multi-controls for the radio/ sound system, Bluetooth connectivity, dual-zone automatic climate control, a moonroof, a 15.4cm touchscreen and Toyota’s Multi-Information Display or MID.

At launch the only engine mentioned is an old-school 2.5-litre 4-cylinder with 131kW and 233Nm of torque, which very much compares with the new Subaru Forester.

Expect the new Toyota RAV4 at your nearest Mzansi dealership by June 2013. Probably earlier even.

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