The new Toyota RAV4 has been presented in Geneva, 16 years after the first-generation model was first launched in Europe. The vehicle is said to be more sophisticated with a new chrome-accented front design, a horizontal bar-type front grille, framed by new headlights incorporating projector-type low beam lights and a full-width, aerodynamically styled front bumper. The rear end has LED lights.
Inside Toyota will offer customers a new leather/Alcantara seat upholstery option. Further interior goodies will include DVD and HDD navigation systems.
The Easy Flat seating system allows the rear seats to be folded down within the load space floor without removing the headrests or the seat cushions.
As far as engines are concerned, the new RAV4 has a 2.0-litre Valvematic petrol engine producing 116kW (158 PS / 156 hp) at 6,200rpm and 198Nm (146 lb-ft) of torque at 4,400rpm. Its 2WD version does 0 - 100km/h in 10.2 seconds while the 4WD achieves the same speed in 10.5 seconds. The 2.2D 150 is also available in 2WD or 4WD configuration. Its maximum power output is of course 110kW (150 PS, hence the name) and torque is 340Nm (251 lb-ft) between 2,000rpm and 2,800rpm.
A 2.2D 180 version of the same engine is good for 130kW and 400Nm (295 lb-ft). Toyota says it can sprint from 0 - 100km/h in 9.3 seconds and top off at 200km/h (124 mph). Available transmissions are a 6-speed manual or the Multidrive S which is Toyota's take on the Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) system.