The completely redesigned fourth generation Toyota RAV4 is due to be revealed later this year and speculation is starting to mount as these speculative renders have emerged from Italian magazine Quattroroute.

Rumours currently state the 2013 RAV4 will drop the V6 engine option in favor of a four-cylinder, most likely the same 2.5-liter currently in use, due to increased pressure from regulators to improve fuel efficiency. It remains to be seen if a RAV4 Hybrid will be offfered as Toyota prefers to promote their new RAV4 electric vehicle which is just hitting the market now in California. Another rumor is that the 2013 RAV4 could also lose its third-row of seats as it is not offered by segment leaders Ford Escape and Honda CR-V.

In Quattroroute's renderings the RAV4 shows a dramatic departure from its current design. Looking a bit more sleek and chiseled, the design appears to extract cues from the Lexus design playbook. Particular elements worth noting are the headlamps which appear similar to those found in the Lexus CT200h as well as the hourglass shaped upper and lower grille sections.

Production is slated to begin this fall as a market launch in the US is expected for early 2013.

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