The updates particularly boost worth of the front runner Toyota RAV4 Cruiser versions.
The late-year RAV4 modification suggests industry top-seller Toyota has actually upgraded a shocking 13 versions in 2015. Thus, it has introduced, replaced or renewed lorries representing three-quarters of its sales volume.
2016 Toyota Rav4
So just what's new on the 2016 Toyota RAV4?
Exterior modifications consist of a bolder-looking front end including a bigger lower grille and also slimline LED projector fronts lights, plus revised LED daytime running lights.
Restyled front and back bumpers add 35mm to the RAV4's overall length while brand-new wheel arc mouldings and rocker panels develop the sides as well as contribute to a more flowing profile.
New wheel layouts for the mid-range GXL and also state-of-the-art Cruiser and a typical shark fin antenna also showcase. The GXL goes up from a 17-inch alloy to an 18-inch black alloy.
There are also three brand-new colours: Deep Red mica metallic (changing Wildfire), Hazel and Blue Treasure.
Inside, the RAV4's cabin is said to be quieter thanks to increased insulation coverage and also thickness.
There is new matt black trim with contrasting silver accents. The centre console has been revamped so the front cup owner could suit mugs with manages. A 12-volt accessory socket in the second row (along with 2 in the front) and also a sunglasses-holder have actually likewise been included.
The GXL and also Cruiser gain a new two-dial tool cluster with a 4.2-inch colour TFT display screen. The GXL is now fitted with an electrochromatic rear-view mirror, while the RAV4 Cruiser's inside, including its 'leather-accented' seats, can be defined in black, tan or beige relying on the exterior colour.
Toyota asserts the ride comfort and also driver involvement have been boosted with measures including "a more inflexible rear body shell that adds to higher driving stability and also improved ride top quality".
Shock absorbers and also coil springtimes have been revised to give a "flatter, more comfortable ride and also to improve straight-line stability". It deserves noting that we have actually criticised the RAV's ride high quality in the past compared to competitors.
There's some brand-new safety tech showcased as well. Criterion on the now much better-value Cruiser as well as optional on the GXL (for $2500) is a pack showcasing a pre-collision system with ahead crash warning and also self-governing emergency brakes, lane separation alert, automated high beam as well as radar cruise control.
There's additionally a blind-spot display with rear cross-traffic alert as well as front parking sensors. Trailer persuade control also includes, though stopped trailer capability stays meagre (1500kg for the petrol and also 1200kg for the diesel).
Regardless of all this stuff being added to the Cruiser, the gasoline variation is really $500 more affordable than before.
Engines are unmodified, though the diesel version currently has a NOx-saving particle filter. The base 2.0-litre front-drive models have 107kW/187Nm on tap and use either a six-speed guidebook or CVT.
The mid-level 2.5-litre with AWD has 132kW/233Nm as well as is six-speed-auto only, while the 2.2-litre turbo-diesel has 110kW/340Nm as well as obtains the option of six-speed car or hand-operated gearboxes.
Costs for automatic petroleum versions have actually been held or reduced in spite of the renovations while manual versions have bordered up $500. Prices for the turbo-diesel variations have risen between $1000 and $2000.
We touched on Toyota's legendary year of updates earlier. Over the past 12 months we have seen a massive Camry redesign, an all-new HiLux, as well as an upgraded Corolla hatch.
Toyota also launched the Fortuner as well as upgraded the Prado as well as 200 Collection LandCruiser, in addition to the Aurion, Prius C, Prius V, HiAce bus and van, as well as the Coaster bus.
These updates cover cars with combined sales of regarding 150,000 systems YTD-- concerning 15 per cent of the total Australian automobile market.
The RAV4 this year accounts for 16,805 of Toyota's sales, making it the business's fourth most popular model after the Corolla, Camry and HiLux. It sits second in the tool SUV sector behind the Mazda CX-5 (23,219) as well as simply ahead of the Nissan X-Trail (16,737).
2016 Toyota RAV4 prices (plus on-road costs):
2WD 2.0 petrol
GX manual — $27,990 (+$500)
GX auto — $29,990
GXL manual — $31,990 (+$500)
GLX auto — $33,990
AWD 2.5 petrol
GX auto — $32,990
GXL auto — $36,990
Cruiser auto — $44,490 (-$500)
Diesel 2.2 diesel
GX manual — $35,990 (+$2000)
GX auto — $37,990 (+$1500)
GXL manual — $39,990 (+$2000)
GXL auto — $41,990 (+$1500)
Cruiser auto — $49,490 (+$1000)