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6th January, 2013

Toyota's next-generation RAV4 will arrive in Australia in a month or so with three new fuel-efficient engines. Local customers for the 2013 RAV4 will be offered more engine options than ever before - two four-cylinder petrol engines as well as the torquey four-cylinder common-rail diesel.

The next-generation RAV4 reveals a boldly redesigned vehicle that features a sophisticated, dynamic and strong exterior and a spacious, high-quality interior.

Toyota's new mid-size SUV will offer improved dynamic performance, greater refinement, smart packaging, outstanding convenience technologies and even better value for money.

In a significant break with RAV4s of the past, the spare tyre will be placed under the cargo floor and the new tailgate is hinged at the roof.

Toyota Australia executive director sales and marketing Matthew Callachor said the next-generation RAV4 will be even more capable and flexible to meet the needs of recreational and business users.

"The exterior design is particularly striking, with a stronger silhouette that expresses RAV4's inner strength and sporty nature," Mr Callachor said.

"It will attract young singles, couples and families looking for a spacious vehicle that accommodates their needs and can be driven on a wide variety of road conditions."

"The performance and economy of the three new engines are integral to the overall RAV4 package that includes advances in agility and handling."

All three engines for the next-generation Toyota RAV4 have impressive fuel economy and emissions performance. The new 2.2-litre turbo-diesel engine is a stand-out, with combined-cycle fuel economy dipping below 6.0 litres/100 km and CO2 emissions below 150g/km when matched to a manual transmission (combined cycle). It has a strong, flat torque curve with more than 200 Nm available from just above idle and a peak well in excess of 300 Nm. The two petrol four-cylinder engines are almost identical to those in the 133 kW 2.5-litre Camry Altise and the 102 kW 2.0-litre Corolla Ultima sedan.

They incorporate Toyota's dual variable valve timing with intelligence (VVT-i) for high performance, good fuel economy, low emissions and smooth, quiet operation.

All three engines are matched to six-speed manual transmissions as standard. The 2.2-litre diesel and 2.5-litre petrol engines can be specified with six-speed automatic transmissions while the 2.0-litre engine is available with Toyota's advanced MultiDrive Sport CVT with seven-speed sequential manual mode.

Toyota's new RAV4 includes other driver-oriented improvements including an advanced all-wheel drive system, a better driving position, improved front and rear vision, and the safety of a more rigid body and seven airbags.

Features on high-grade variants include a power-operated tailgate, blind-spot monitor, rain-sensing wipers and electro-chromatic rear-view mirror.

"These and other attributes of the next-generation model will expand the appeal of a vehicle that has been a hit in Australia with almost 200,000 sales since the first-generation RAV4 was launched in 1994," Mr Callachor said.

Stay tuned for details on the prices and specifications.


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