Everything you need to know about the popular Toyota RAV4 SUV

The Toyota RAV4 is a popular choice for SUV buyers globally. To better compete in its segment, the latest generation of SUVs bring with them a new platform, new and more memorable exterior styling, refreshed interiors and more.

We have given a list of some of the popular details below that you should know about the popular SUV.


First generation Toyota RAV4.

A quick glance at the history of the SUV shows us that the RAV4 is internationally since 1994. The first generation (1994–2000) came with rugged and utilitarian styling and was available in both, 3-door and 5-door forms. The second generation (2000–2005) was also available in both form factors, although it had a more contemporary styling. The third generation (2005–2012) only came with a 5-door body style, which had the same overall styling as the previous model (although updated in many areas) and was larger than its predecessors. The fourth generation (2012–2018) differed from earlier iterations, as it was adopted when Toyota had the latest design language. However, in doing so, it looked more like a crossover than an SUV, becoming very rounded and shapely. With this fifth generation, Toyota moved back to an overall boxier design. It is worth noting that Toyota has sold more than 10 million units of the RAV4 globally since the SUV was first introduced globally.


RAV4 is now in its Fifth generation And one of the biggest changes it received was Toyota’s move to the new modular TNGA-K (Toyota New Global Architecture) platform. Compared to the car manufacturer’s older platforms, the TNGA is lighter, stronger and due to its modular nature, it is used in various Toyota models (like the new Camry), making it more cost effective.

The design
Article imageToyota RAV4 Hybrid.

This is another area where the new RAV4 differs significantly from the previous model. The older RAV4 has a relatively soft and rounded exterior, as the fifth-gen model has a much more square-closed, sharper-looking exterior. The straight front end with a new grille and headlight design, flared and boxy wheel arches, angular tailgate with sleek, integrated wraparound tail-lights all help the RAV4 look more rugged and SUV-like. The interior has also been revamped with a modern layout. The dashboard is dominated by an 8.0-inch freestanding touchscreen infotainment system, with reduced AC vents and temperature controls. A part-digital instrument cluster is also available on higher variants.

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In terms of its size, the new RAV4 is not much different from the previous-gen model. That being said, the fifth-gen SUV is 4,600mm in length, 1,855mm in width, 1,685mm in height and a wheelbase of 2,690mm, making its overall length slightly shorter but higher in height, width, wheelbase than the fourth. is more. Gene Model. In this context, one of its main competitors abroad – Honda CR-V, Which is available in India – 8 mm smaller in length (4,592 mm), slightly shorter in height (1,679 mm) and width is slightly similar (2,660 mm), the width is the same. Imagine India Skoda Kodiak (Another model that competes the RAV4 internationally), is 97 mm longer (4,697 mm), 27 mm wider (1,882 mm), 20 mm shorter (1,665) in height and has a wheelbase that compares to the Toyota RAV4 Has 101 mm less (2,791 mm). .

The engine

Currently, Toyota only offers the RAV4 with a petrol or petrol-hybrid engine option in the international market, with the diesel engine being dropped for this generation of SUVs. The petrol engine on offer includes a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder unit that produces 173hp and 203Nm of torque (available in Australia), a 2.5-liter, four-cylinder unit that is good for 207hp and 243Nm of torque ( Available in Australian) and us). Finally, there is the 2.5-liter, petrol-hybrid engine, available in most markets offered in the RAV4 and rated for 218hp / 221Nm in the FWD form, while in the AWD form it is 222pp / 221Nm. Produces. A plug-in hybrid (PHEV) version – dubbed RAV4 Prime – Select markets will also include the Mix, and will use a tuned version of the hybrid powertrain and combine 302hp. Toyota also estimates that Prime will be able to do 0 to 100kph in about 5.8 seconds.

TRD Off-Road Edition
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Toyota has already come out with a more off-road focused version – TRD Off-Road. This version is only available in select markets with the standard 207hp, 2.5-liter petrol engine with an 8-speed automatic gearbox and AWD layout. The TRD Off-Road also gets new black and red interiors, specially tuned suspension, 18-inch alloy wheels and off-road tires.

Suzuki version of the upcoming RAV4

Toyota and Suzuki enter into an alliance It saw the two companies acquire a financial stake in each other to help with product development and growth. Due to this alliance, Toyota will produce Suzuki-badged versions of the RAV4 Hybrid for sale in European markets. This partnership also applies to Maruti Suzuki and Toyota in India, as the two brands will share different models; Like before launch Toyota Glanza Which is a reordered repetition Maruti Suzuki Baleno.

Global rivals

Considering its size, engine and package, the Toyota RAV4 competes with the Honda CR-V, Skoda Kodiaq, Volkswagen Tiguan, Jeep Compass, Nissan X-Trail and Citroen 5 Aircross. The CR-V is one of its closest rivals as it also offers hybrid powertrains (internationally) and is very similar in terms of dimensions and features.

Toyota has not made any statement about plans to get the RAV4 SUV in the Indian market. However, many of its aforementioned international competitors are already present in our market, and with it Citroen C5 Aircross on its way. The RAV4 would be a nice addition to the carmaker’s Indian line-up.

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