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Toyota set to introduce all-new RAV4


ABOUT 20 years ago Toyota introduced the RAV4 - a new kind of vehicle that pioneered today’s valuable and highly popular compact SUV segment. Fast forward to now and Toyota has introduced a new RAV4, which was unveiled at the New York Motor Show.

The new RAV4 range, which not only features a new exterior design and improved cabin quality also features advanced technology and safety features. While the hybrid will not join the local line-up, a select number of upgrades will be incorporated into the South African range within the next year.The new RAV4 AWD’s capability provides greater safety and stability when negotiating low-grip surfaces, It also provides a towing capacity of 1,650kg, with Toyota’s Trailer Sway Control system providing added security and peace of mind.

RAV4’s new frontal design generates a stronger road presence and includes full LED headlights for the first time. To the side, there is a new rocker panel that creates a more flowing look, and at the rear the combination lamps and bumper have been reworked, adding yet more emphasis to the car’s road stance.

The sensory quality of the cabin has been raised significantly with the adoption of new combination meters, a full colour TFT screen and soft-touch materials throughout.

New technology features include Toyota’s 360-degree Panoramic View Monitor, which gives the driver sight of obstacles that would remain hidden in blind spots when using conventional front and rear cameras, making for safer and easier manoeuvring.

RAV4’s safety specification is significantly improved with the addition of the new Toyota Safety Sense suite of features. In addition to the Pre-Collision System, Lane Departure Alert, Automatic High Beam and Road Sign Assist features that will also be included in the package for new Avensis and Auris, RAV4 will further benefit from Adaptive Cruise Control and two significant enhancements to the basic Pre-Collision System functions.

Firstly, for potential collisions with vehicles, PCS operates at an expanded relative speed range of between 10 km/h and the vehicle’s top speed, and can reduce speed by approximately 40 km/h. Secondly, the system is also able to detect potential collisions with pedestrians, in the event ofwhich automated braking operates at relative speeds of between 10 to 80 km/h, and can reduce vehicle speed by approximately 30 km/h.

SA specifications and further details will be announced closer to the on-sale date. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for more information.

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