Toyota has updated its RAV4 in South Africa with the most notable addition being a new four-wheel-drive hybrid powertrain coined the “E-Four”.
Previously, the hybrid setup was only available in front-wheel drive and on the VX trim.
The SUV is now sold in GX-R and VX grades – due to the removal of the base GX – with the hybrid engine being available on both.
The range sees a fresh design and a host of upgraded equipment as part of its yearly update cycle, too.
The revised RAV4 line-up spans five specifications with a starting price of R606,600.
The new RAV4 GX-R sports a rugged look with the help of black exterior cladding, black over-fenders, a silver bumper protector, a trapezoidal grille with two crossbars, smoked 18-inch wheels, wide-set fog lamps, and a blue-hued Toyota badge.
The more upmarket VX, on the other hand, boasts a unique front grille, a deeper front apron, and vertically-mounted foglight surrounds.
Inside the cabin both models come with a partial leather interior – with orange highlights denoting the GX-R and blue interior lighting the VX.
Standard amenities then include LED headlamps with daytime running lights, LED interior illumination, a semi-digital instrument cluster, climate control, rain-sensing wipers, keyless entry, a wireless charger, a rear-view camera, rear parking sensors, cruise control, an electric driver seat, front seat heating and ventilation, five USB ports, two 12-volt plugs, and a touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Additionally, each updated RAV4 is fitted with ABS with brake assist, trailer sway control, hill start assist, downhill assist control, and seven airbags.
On top of this, the VX also provides a powered front passenger seat without ventilation, all-round parking sensors, auto high-beam headlights, a 360-degree camera system, a digital rear-view mirror, radar cruise control, lane trace assist, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert.
The updated Toyota RAV4 can be had with a 2.0-litre or 2.5-litre, petrol engine, as well as with a 2.5-litre, petrol-hybrid system.
The “E-Four” hybrid variants are equipped with a 2.5-litre engine developing 131kW and 221Nm, connected to a rear-mounted electric motor that sends 88kW and 202Nm to the front axle, while simultaneously delivering 40kW and 121Nm to the rear axle.
Altogether, the system produces 163kW, however, Toyota did not provide the total torque figure.
Combined fuel consumption for the hybrids is rated at 4.8l/100km and top speed comes in at 180km/h.
“A 55-litre fuel tank allows a theoretical range of 1,145 km on a single tank,” said Toyota.
As before, the standard 2.0-litre RAV4 generates 127kW and 203Nm with a consumption of 6.5-6.7l/100km, whereas the 2.5-litre RAV4 musters 152kW and 243Nm at 7.3l/100km.
Each 2.0-litre and hybrid model handles drive through a CVT transmission that turns either the front or all four wheels, whereas the 2.5-litre derivative features a standard eight-speed automatic and all-wheel drive.
The South African pricing and model line-up for the updated RAV4 is as follows:
- Toyota RAV4 2.0 GX-R CVT AWD – R606,600
- Toyota RAV4 2.0 VX CVT – R617,000
- Toyota RAV4 2.5 GX-R CVT Hybrid E-Four – R644,100
- Toyota RAV4 2.5 VX AWD Auto – R702,300
- Toyota RAV4 2.5 VX CVT Hybrid E-Four – R723,200
Each model is accompanied by a 3-year/100,00km warranty and a six-services/90,000km service plan. The hybrids get an 8-year/195,000km battery warranty, too.