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More details: all-new Toyota RAV4

26 January 2006

Toyota's all-new RAV4 goes on sale on February 6 priced from £18,995 – a rise of at least £245 over the outgoing model.

Three engines will be available from launch: a 150bhp 2.0-litre petrol engine, and two 2.2-litre diesels developing either 134bhp or 175bhp. Toyota predicts the lower-powered diesel will be the UK's best-selling RAV4.

More generous equipment levels justify the price rises, Toyota claims. Standard kit includes alloy wheels, Lexus-style luminescent dials and knee airbags. Every model comes with air-conditioning, roof rails and MPV-style fold-flat rear seats, too.

Although biased towards on-road performance, every RAV4 is equipped with four-wheel drive, which constantly monitors traction and can apportion drive to the wheels with the most grip.

Only a five-door body style will be available, because Toyota claims that less than 20% of buyers plumped for the outgoing three-door RAV4. It's a five-seater and the rear seats fold flat at the tug of a lever in the boot.

The RAV4 has become Europe's best-selling compact 4x4, and Toyota is keen to expand sales by stretching the range upwards into the emerging premium off-roader market created by BMW's X3. New rivals are planned by Audi, Mercedes and Volvo.

This is the reason for the range-topping £26,995 T180 – the only RAV4 available with the higher-powered 175bhp diesel, and the most powerful car in class. Standard equipment includes leather trim, DVD satellite-navigation system, cruise control, 18-inch alloy wheels with run-flat tyres and electrically powered windows, door mirrors and seats.

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