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New Toyota Rav4 Unveiled At Los Angeles Auto Show

Three generations of RAV4 have amassed more than 4.5 million sales in more than 150 countries worldwide and European markets have accounted for more than 1.2 million of that total. With this in mind the new RAV4 builds on the core values of its predecessors, while introducing distinctive new styling, a premium quality interior, stronger and more rewarding dynamic performance and more fuel-efficient powertrains.

While the RAV4 remains compact and manoeuvrable, its overall length of 4,570mm and 2,660mm wheel base means significantly more room inside for passengers and load space that’s on a par with large saloons.

The new RAV4 is longer (+205mm over SWB model without rear wheel carrier) and wider (+30mm) but lower (-25mm) than its predecessor, and presents a new silhouette that expresses its versatility, roominess and improved dynamic capabilities.

Inside it is spacious, comfortable and provides the driver with a cockpit-like position at the wheel. It extends the practicality of its predecessors by offering more room, higher quality finishes and a more focused and engaging driving experience.

The engine line-up for the new RAV4 in western Europe includes a new 2.0-litre diesel. The range has been selected to give the new model an unmatched balance of front and all-wheel drive performance with class-leading CO2 emissions across the board.
For European markets there is a choice of a 149bhp 2.0-litre petrol engine, a new 122bhp 2.0-litre diesel and a 148bhp 2.2-litre diesel. Each one gives improved CO2 emissions performance, on average better by 12 per cent across the range.

Of special note is the performance of the 2.0 diesel front-wheel drive RAV4. Equipped with Toyota’s Stop & Start technology this produces just 127g/km of CO2.

30th November, 2012

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