Toyota RAV4 model introduction

- Mar 13, 2019-

Toyota RAV4 model introduction

At the Los Angeles Auto Show that closed at the end of 2012, the fourth-generation RAV4 was officially released. The new model adopted a new look and interior design style. The overall shape further expanded to the urban SUV, while the off-road style gradually quieted from this model. Retired.

For the fourth-generation Toyota RAV4, a new car official map was released before the Los Angeles auto show. From these official maps, the appearance of the new RAV4 can no longer be seen in the old model, and the overall vision is even more Stylish, yet angular design is hard to find on this model. The new car body adopts a large area of curves and curved surfaces. After catering to the aesthetics of modern people, its “urbanization” style is also more intense.

At the Shanghai Auto Show that closed this year, the new generation of Toyota RAV4 was officially unveiled at the auto show, and this is also the debut of the car in China. The new RAV4 was listed overseas in March this year and received a good market response. Recently we learned that the car is expected to be listed and sold in China on September 10, 2013. The new car has been upgraded in interior, exterior and power, and its appearance has clearly moved closer to the new generation of Toyota Auris, eliminating the need for an external spare tire on the back door. In addition, the 2.5L engine replaced the 2.4L engine, and the transmission was replaced with a CVT continuously variable transmission and a six-speed automatic manual transmission.

The Toyota RAV4 is the basic car in Toyota's miniature multi-purpose off-road vehicle family. Its name comes from the abbreviation “Recreational Active Vehicle with 4-wheel drive.”, which means “four-wheel drive leisure sports car”. The RAV4 was introduced in Japan in 1994 and sold twice as much as Toyota's expectations. It was sold to the United States in January 1996. The RAV4 unit body structure is unique in multi-purpose off-road vehicles. In order to lower the price, Toyota almost completely installed the mini-car with parts from the Toyota warehouse: Camry's engine, Celica's transmission system, and so on. The two-wheel drive model is front-wheel drive and the four-wheel drive model is equipped with a central differential control system. The 1997 RAV4 has only been slightly improved. To fight against the rival Honda CRV, after six years of waiting, Toyota exhibited the new RAV4 at the Geneva Motor Show in March this year. And was named the best small SUV in 2001 by the US Consumer Voice magazine.

The new RAV4 is available in 3 and 5 doors. The air intake and front and rear bumpers accentuate the off-road feel. The increased headlights and Toyota logo are more eye-catching. The wheelbase is 80 mm longer and the cabin is added. The height and width of the ride are spacious and comfortable. The interior of the cabin is flexible and can be adjusted like the MPV. The rear seats can be swiped, folded and flipped backwards. The engine is equipped with 1.8 liters of 125 hp and 2.0 liters of 150 hp. Thanks to Toyota's variable intake valve timing technology, it has extremely superior power performance, and the torque at the medium speed is increased and the fuel consumption is reduced. The 2.0-liter model retains the popular permanent-time four-wheel drive used in the current model, while the 1.8-liter model has only front-wheel drive mode.

The highlight of the RAV4 is its superior configuration. Fixed-speed cruise, EPS electric power steering, and slidable one-button down-position rear seats are standard. In addition to the lowest version of the classic version, the RAV4 is also equipped with VSC body stability system, 6 airbags, TRC traction control system, HAC uphill assist system, automatic limited slip differential. In addition, the smart key, one-button start, and DAC downhill assist system are all used in most models. A 6.5-inch widescreen LCD DVD voice electronic navigation system is also available on the top of the two displacements.

Both models offer a 5-speed manual shift and a 4-speed automatic shift. The front and rear independent suspensions are equipped with a front anti-roll bar to improve the performance during cornering. The ABS with electronic brake force distribution is standard on the 5-door model. The double airbag, the front seat belt with pre-tensioning device and the side anti-collision beam provide comprehensive safety for motorists and occupants. The front seat is Toyota's WIL (Reducing Head Damage) seat, the seat frame, headrest position, backrest construction and lock-back prevention design all help to reduce head injuries during rear-end collisions.

The new RAV4 was launched in Japan in May this year and was introduced to the European market in the summer. The Honda CR-V, which is also aimed at the young people market, is a strong competitor. It seems that Toyota has realized that this is a potential area and is winning the hearts of young people with the positive actions of continuously launching dynamic models.

On April 10, 2009, FAW Toyota City SUV RAV4 was officially launched in Beijing. The two models of the two displacements and five grades ranged from 189,800 yuan to 264,300 yuan, of which 2.0L displacement was a two-wheel drive model. The 2.4L displacement is a four-wheel drive model. There are two types of displacement and five configurations, 10 models. From the 11th, 319 dealers nationwide went to the annual sales target of 50,000 vehicles. The competition target is of course the old family Dongfeng Honda CR-V. The domestic production of the RAV4 set off a confrontation between the two in China. From the perspective of RAV4's own quality, FAW Toyota has made a lot of effort in this battle.

On January 28, 2010, Tianjin FAW Toyota Motor Co., Ltd. submitted a recall report to the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine in accordance with the requirements of the “Regulations on the Recall of Defective Automobile Products”, which was decided to start on February 28, 2010, for 2009. 75,552 RAV4 vehicles produced from March 19 to January 25, 2010 were recalled.