Toyota revises RAV4

* Updated looks * New engines * Two-wheel-drive model added...

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20 May 2009 11:10 | Last updated: 14 Jun 2018 0:3

Toyota has launched a revised Toyota RAV4, with updated looks, new engines and the option of two-wheel drive.

Exterior revisions are subtle, but new lights, bumpers, front grille, door mirrors and alloy wheels freshen the look.

The biggest changes come under the skin, with two new engines and the option of a front-wheel-drive model.

A new 2.0-litre Valvematic engine replaces the previous 2.0 VVT-i as the petrol option, with a new CVT automatic gearbox as standard. Power is up from 150 to 156bhp, but CO2 emissions are cut from 212g/km to 177g/km, while average fuel economy is 20% better at 37.7mpg.

The 2.0-litre D-4D diesel model has also been updated. Power is increased by 14bhp to 148bhp, but CO2 emissions are down from 173g/km to 154g/km, making the RAV4 one of the cleanest SUVs around. Fuel economy is up from 44.1mpg to 48.7mpg.

For the first time, the Toyota RAV4 will also be offered with the combination of a diesel engine and an automatic gearbox. The pairing with the new six-speed auto gearbox will result in CO2 emissions of 189g/km.

The other big news is the introduction of a front-wheel-drive model. Available with a six-speed manual gearbox and the 2.0-litre petrol engine, it achieves 38.2mpg and emits 174g/km of CO2.

The XT-R and SR trims continue, with SR reserved for the automatic diesel model. Standard kit for all models now includes dual-zone climate control, Bluetooth, automatic lights and wipers, an auxiliary input socket and electric folding door mirrors. All four-wheel-drive models get leather upholstery, heated front seats and an electrically adjustable driver's seat.

Prices start at 18,995 and rise to 25,295. The revised RAV4 is available to order now, with deliveries expected to start in September.