It has become a norm for major auto manufacturers to unveil a vehicle in western market and then wait a much extended period to launch it in Asian markets. Same is the case with Toyota RAV4, launched in March of the previous year, has found its way in the South East Asian market.
For many, the Toyota RAV4 was the pioneer of the SUV segment and, more than two decades after its premiere, it still one of the best in its category. With the aim of maintaining that status, Toyota has presented the fifth generation of its SUV par excellence, this time with a point of more versatility but with the same qualities that have crowned its predecessors.
Sports enthusiasts will especially enjoy the new XSE-Hybrid finish. This finish accentuates the dynamic character of the RAV4 through the black piano details worn by body elements such as the door mirrors, and roof rails. It has got 19-inch alloy wheels.
At a technical level, it is worth knowing that it is manufactured on the TNGA platform and opts for a multi-link rear suspension, which guarantees excellent performance in all types of situations and a high level of comfort for passengers. At the time of entering the car, you will be benefited from shorter body overhangs. In the same way, the A-pillar has got reduced thickness to improve visibility from the driving position.
Toyota RAV4 is powered by a gasoline engine of four cylinders and 2.5 liters, with VVT-iE technology and associated with an automatic transmission of 8 speeds. The hybrid variant uses an electric motor and the aforementioned 2.5-liter gasoline engine, but here the transmission is an electric-controlled continuous variator (ECVT).
The engine is linked to a traction system with torque vector control. With this configuration, the RAV4 can send up to 50% of the torque to the rear axle and distribute it between the two rear wheels depending on the needs. In case it is not necessary, it will work as a front-wheel drive to improve efficiency and save fuel.
Toyota RAV4 has got a luxurious and spacious interior. You find quality leather stitching on doors and dashboard. Seats are spacious enough, and all seats have ample leg and headroom. In short, the car interior is of much superior quality and company has put a lot of thought in it.
Safety and Infotainment
The all-new Toyota RAV4 is equipped with the latest safety and infotainment features. It supports the Toyota Safety Sense package which is standard for all variants. Moreover, it boosts interesting driving assistance systems such as adaptive cruise control with a capacity to work in traffic jams, emergency braking with pedestrian detection, alert and maintenance assistant in the lane, the automatic high beam and signals recognition.
In the multimedia section, the RAV4 has incorporated an android based, a 7-inch display unit located in the center console. It is compatible with Apple CarPlay and personal assistant Alexa from Amazon. As an option, an 800 watts sound system branded by JBL is also available with a total of 11 speakers.