Toyota has revised its RAV4 compact SUV with new looks, new equipment and a lower entry-point for the 2.2-litre turbodiesel.
New 2WD diesel
The updated Toyota RAV4 now consists of five models in two trim specifications.
The entry-level model is the Toyota RAV4 XT-R, which now begins with a 2.2-litre D-4D engine with front-wheel-drive only and six-speed manual transmission. This promises CO2 emissions even lower than the already impressive four-wheel drive version, which at 154g/km CO2, 48.7mpg combined (according to EU testing figures) and 148bhp is at least as powerful and significantly greener than all rivals in this segment.
Joining the two- and four-wheel drive diesel manuals in the XT-R trim are a 2.0-litre four-wheel drive petrol Multidrive S CVT automatic and a version of the four-wheel drive diesel with a more traditional six-speed automatic.
The diesel auto is the only RAV4 available in the range-topping SR equipment level.
Front-end facelift, plus host of extra kit
The revised Toyota RAV4 should be easy to spot. Toyota has given it a comprehensive front end facelift, introducing the latest corporate grille design to the RAV4 for the first time. New headlights, front wings, bonnet, ‘aerodynamic’ bumper and extra chrome accents are also fitted.
Standard kit has gone up, with leather and Alcantara upholstery with heated front seats now included on the XT-R, alongside new 17-inch alloy wheels. Bluetooth, dual-zone climate control, automatic lights and wipers, seven airbags and six-speaker stereo continue as before.
New for the SR is the standard satellite navigation – also available as an optional upgrade to the XT-R – plus reversing camera, 18-inch dark-finish alloys, smoke-finish headlights, keyless go and over-fenders to give it a slightly tougher appearance.
New Toyota RAV4 arrives 1 June
The new Toyota RAV4 is available to order now with first showroom deliveries scheduled for 1 June 2010.
Prices start at £22,410 for the entry-level two-wheel drive turbodiesel XT-R, rising to £27,380 for the SR.
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