Toyota RAV4 2012 arrives early

* Toyota RAV4 2012 due this month * New media system; more kit * Prices from 23,870...

Toyota RAV4 2012 arrives early

The Toyota RAV4 2012 goes on sale later this month eight weeks ahead of schedule because of strong demand, says Toyota.

The 2012 RAV4 gets subtle equipment upgrades; there are new alloys for XTR and SR models, and XTR models gain a keyless entry system.

Most significant, though, is the addition of Toyota Touch a touch-screen control system for all versions. The more sophisticated Touch and Go system is now standard on higher-spec cars and an option for the rest of the range.

The Touch and GO system includes:

• Sat-nav
• Live traffic information
• SMS text message function
• Bluetooth
• Google local search and downloadable apps
• Rear-view camera
• Audio streaming function
• iPod album cover display

The choice between a 2.0 petrol model or 2.2 diesel engine remains as before. Prices are also unchanged: the entry-level 2.2 D-4D XT-R costs 23,870 and the 2.2 D-Cat SR tops the range at 28,620. An all-new RAV4 is due on sale in 2013.