Get way more adventurous with a standard tow-prep package and flared fenders.
If you’d wanted to take your RAV4 on an adventure but were worried the crossover wasn’t up to the challenge, fear no more. Toyota is using the 2017 Chicago Auto Show to introduce the 2018 RAV4 Adventure, a special trim level that’s designed to look and be a little more rough-and-tumble. Toyota says it gives the RAV4 a, “sportier take-me-anywhere attitude for the weekend.”
Don’t be lulled into thinking this is anything as serious as Toyota’s rally-racing RAV4 or the rumored TRD model. The Adventure package is mostly visual, and includes new black 18-inch wheels, black headlight surrounds, new fender flares, and a mild suspension lift. The roof rails, foglight housings, and Adventure badges are also finished in black.
The RAV4 Adventure is offered either with front-wheel drive with a limited-slip differential, or with all-wheel drive. Both versions come standard with the crossover’s Tow Prep package, which includes an upgraded radiator and coolers for the oil and transmission fluid.
Other features include “unique” interior trim panels, all-weather floor mats, door-sill protectors, and a 120-volt power outlet in the cargo area.
Otherwise, the 2018 Toyota RAV4 Adventure isn’t too far removed from the models you can buy today. It should use the crossover’s 176-horsepower, 2.5-liter inline-four and six-speed automatic transmission as standard; there’s no word yet on whether the RAV4 Hybrid will also gain the Adventure treatment.
The RAV4 Adventure goes on sale in September.
Live photos: Nathan Leach-Proffer / Motor1.com
2018 Toyota RAV4 Adventure: Chicago 2017
The active lifestyle-inspired RAV4 Adventure will be available in front-wheel drive with an Automatic Limited-Slip Differential, or with Dynamic Torque Control all-wheel-drive. Both versions feature a standard Tow Prep Package that includes an upgraded radiator and supplemental engine oil and transmission fluid coolers, as well as a suspension system with a higher ride height. As with all RAV4 models, the Adventure grade will come standard with Trailer Sway Control (TSC), Hill-Start Assist Control (HAC), and TSS-P. Exterior styling features exclusive to the RAV4 Adventure includes:
Large overfender flares
18-inch five-spoke black alloy wheels with 235/55R18 tires
Lower body guards
Black headlight bezels
Black fog lamp surround, roof racks and Adventure badging
The RAV4 Adventure will be available in five exterior colors including Black, Magnetic Gray Metallic, Silver Sky Metallic, Super White, and one new color for RAV4 models, Ruby Flare Pearl.
The sporty exterior features of the RAV4 Adventure are mated to exclusive interior features that include:
Unique interior trim panels
Leather-wrapped shift knob
120V/100W power outlet in the cargo area
Adventure door sill protectors
All-weather mats floor and cargo mats with Adventure logo
Additional features new for 2018 in select RAV4 models include optional heat/power fabric front row seats, heated steering wheel, and wiper de-icer as part of a new Cold Weather Package.
The 2018 RAV4 Adventure grade along with the Tundra and Sequoia TRD Sport grades will begin arriving in dealer showrooms in September.