Toyota RAV-4 gets spec and Hybrid model updates

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Toyota has updated the RAV-4 SUV with additional spec but most importantly the addition of Hybrid models that respond to the demand for efficient multi use vehicles in Mzansi.

For 2022, the RAV4 Hybrid line-up has been revised, with a new two-grade strategy comprising the familiar GX-R and VX. With the adoption of the new higher-tier grades (versus the outgoing GX), the accompanying specification levels (and visual drama) have been amplified too. The GX-R delivers a stylish yet rugged exterior with prominent black cladding, black over-fenders and a silver bumper protector. A large trapezoidal grille, with two parallel cross-bars, and wide-set fog lamps frame the blue-hued Toyota insignia – a hybrid exclusive. The GX-R features LED headlamps and daytime running lights, fog lamps, roof rails, rear spoiler and new smoked 18″ alloy wheels. VX models get Auto High Beam assist.

GX-R convenience specification is ample with auto air-conditioning, rain-sensing wipers, smart entry, a touchscreen infotainment system (with CarPlay and Android Auto functionality), five USB ports, a wireless charger, reverse camera, rear park distance control (PDC) and cruise control. Both seat heating and ventilation are on offer, as well as power seat adjustment for the driver. VX variants are further bolstered with power-seat adjustment for the front passenger with driver memory function (while foregoing seat ventilation), front and rear park distance control, auto high-beam functionality and auto-fold operation for the exterior mirrors. A highlight of the VX model is the panoramic view monitor which is newly joined by a digital rear-view mirror.

The digital rear-view mirror uses rear-facing cameras to project a wide angle image onto the mirror surface. This function is user selectable, allowing the driver to toggle between traditional and camera views, at the touch of a button. Both models feature a semi-digital instrument cluster, which incorporates a broad spectrum MultiInformation Display (MID). Dedicated screens are provided to monitor eco driving performance (including an EV-mode usage infographic) and E-FOUR operation, alongside the usual MID parameters. All RAV4 models (petrol models included) now boast LED interior illumination, an upgrade from three to five USB ports (with dedicated charging outlets) and two 12-volt accessory connectors.

All RAV4 Hybrid models employ Toyota’s 4th-generation hybrid system which in RAV4 E-FOUR execution combines a 2.5-litre Atkinson cycle 4-cylinder petrol engine with an electric motor (on the front axle) while adding a rear-mounted electric motor (MGR). The power units are coupled to a CVT transmission to seamlessly integrate power sources and deliver smooth acceleration. In terms of performance figures, the A25A-FXS engine delivers 131 kW and 221 Nm of Torque in pure ICE trim. The electric motors pitch in 88 and 40 kW respectively (front/rear) with the complimentary torque numbers registering at 202 and 121 Nm. The total system is rated at 163 kW, while top speed is specified as 180 km/h. Fuel efficiency remains one of the key hybrid credentials, with the RAV4 E-FOUR Hybrid being no exception. A combined cycle figure of 4.8 l/100 kilometres certainly validates this statement. A 55 litre fuel tank allows a theoretical range of 1145 km on a single tank. Drive Mode Select allows the driver to tailor vehicle dynamics to usage conditions (Eco/Normal/Power) which in turn are joined by EV-mode and Trail Assist switches, for condition-specific operation. E-FOUR models can tow up to 1000kg braked and 750kg un-braked.

In-line with market trends and product line-up rationalisation, the previously offered GX models have been deleted from the RAV4 line-up, leaving GX-R and VX in both conventional petrol and hybrid configuration.

RAV4 2.0 GX-R CVT AWD – R 606,600

RAV4 2.5 GX-R CVT Hybrid E-Four – R 644,100

RAV4 2.0 VX CVT 2WD – R 617,000

RAV4 2.5 VX AT AWD – R 702,300

RAV4 2.5 VX CVT Hybrid E-Four – R 723,200

A six-services or 90 000 km service plan is standard with service Intervals pegged at 15 000 km / 12- months. Toyota’s standard 3-year/100 000 km warranty is included and hybrid customers have the additional peace of mind of an 8-year / 195 000 km Hybrid battery warranty. Service and warranty plan extensions can also be purchased from any Toyota dealer (220 outlets).