Merc turns on charm with new E-Class

202386_Full_MedResToyota’s next-generation RAV4 was unveiled at the LA Motor Show this week and the good news is that will make its South African debut in 2013.
The new RAV4 features a redesigned, more dynamic exterior and a spacious interior.
When it arrives in South Africa next year, expect the mid-size SUV to offer improved dynamic performance, greater refinement, state-of-the-art technologies and better value for money.

In a significant break with RAV4 heritage, the spare wheel will be placed under the cargo floor and the new tailgate is hinged at the roof.
Internationally, the newcomer bows in with three new fuel-efficient engines. On the menu are two four-cylinder petrol engines as well as a brand new four-cylinder common-rail diesel.
All the engines for the next-generation RAV4 have improved fuel economy and emissions. The new 2.2-litre turbo-diesel engine’s combined fuel economy figure dips below 6.0-litres/100km and CO2 emissions below 150g/km when mated to a manual transmission. Torque weighs in at more than 200Nm available from just above idle and a peak well in excess of 300Nm peak.
They incorporate Toyota’s dual variable valve timing for performance, fuel economy, low emissions and quiet operation. All three engines are mated 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 CVT with seven-speed sequential manual mode.

The new RAV includes an updated all-wheel drive system, a better driving position, improved front and rear vision, and the safety of a more rigid body and seven airbags. An array of features on high-grade variants includes a power-operated tailgate, blind-spot monitor, rain-sensing wipers and electro-chromatic rear-view mirror.