NEW 2013 TOYOTA RAV4
SINCE IT MADE A WORLD DEBUT AT THE 2012 LOS ANGELES INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW LAST NOVEMBER, THE ALL-NEW 2013 TOYOTA RAV4 HAS NOT STOPPED ITS EXCITEMENT, WRITES OLAOLU OLUSINA
The All-New 2013 Toyota RAV4 has not stopped its excitement. Since Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) unveiled the fourth generation RAV4 at the 2012 Los Angeles International Auto Show last November, the excitement has not stopped a bit.
Completely redesigned to attract the most adventurous car freaks, in fact the first redesign in seven years, the All-New 2013 Toyota RAV4 which was released into the market early this year combines the features of a Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) with that of a compact sedan to emerge as a fast-selling Crossover SUV.
Coming in three versions, namely the LE, XLE and Limited, the 2.5 litre 4 cylinder engine car features eight airbags as standard and the star safety system.
Redesigned with a new engine under the hood, the new engine is basically the same 2.5-litre plant found in the current Toyota Camry. And churning out an amazing 176 hp and 233 Nm of torque, the All-New 2013 Toyota RAV4 has jettisoned the ancient 4-speed automatic transmission engine as it now comes with a 6-speed transmission in sequential shift. First and second gear ratios will be optimised for around-town performance. To keep engine revs lower at highway speeds and enhance fuel mileage, fifth and sixth gears will be overdrives.
Capturing the spirit of freedom that began with the original RAV4, yet breaking new ground in refinement, practicality and technology, the expressive styling and a roomy, comfortable interior of RAV4 is decidedly refined in the new model —but with agile handling and all-weather capability.
Notable exterior changes include the deletion of the spare tyre at the back to create more space for passengers and luggage..
The dual zone climate control allows front passenger regulate their own environments with individual temperature control. And the adjustable power liftgate that comes standard in RAV4 Limited features jam protection, plus a handy height-adjustment feature.
The blind spot monitor (BSM) and the rear cross-traffic alert (RCTA) system warn the driver with a flashing indicator light on the appropriate outside mirror. The RCTA also provides audible and visual indicators to warn the driver of approaching vehicles.
Expected to compete with recently redesigned brands such as Honda’s CR-V, Ford’s Escape and Mazda’s CX-5, its manufacturer, TMC, said “The new RAV4 will provide its active owners a more dynamic drive, with new technologies like a Sport Mode with Dynamic Torqu Control AWD, enhancements in suspension performance, and optimised electric power steering.”
According to the manufacturer,”The spring rates have been enhanced, and the shock absorbers have been optimally tuned to help the vehicles handling characteristics.
“RAV4 has a MacPherson strut front suspension, double-wishbone rear suspension and four-wheel disc brakes. The LE will ride on 17-inch steel wheels, XLE will feature 17-inch alloys, and Limited will be equipped with 18-inch alloys.
“In both front- and all-wheel drive RAV4’s Sport Mode sharpens shift timing, throttle response and steering response. When down shifting the RAV4 six-speed automatic transmission in “S” Mode, engine revs rise with a clearly audible “blip,” adding to the driving experience.”