2016 Toyota RAV4 gains new styling and more kit


Toyota RAV4 will gain a mid-life update in December with new safety features, sharper driving dynamics and a quieter ride.

Newly developed safety technologies that can prevent or mitigate the force of a collision – including autonomous braking – will be standard on high-grade Cruiser variants and optional on mid-range GXL.

Every RAV4 will gain trailer sway control, which is designed to assist if a towed vehicle becomes unsettled by crosswinds, bumpy roads or sharp turns of the steering wheel.

The extensive list of updates – announced at the Frankfurt Motor Show – includes more dynamic exterior styling, enhanced interior sensory quality and functionality, and engines that comply with Euro 5 emissions standards.


Revised models feature a significantly larger lower grille, new LED headlamps that incorporate daytime running lights, a more prominent rear bumper and restyled LED taillights.

Interior updates include redesigned instrument clusters with GXL and Cruiser variants fitted with twin dials separated by a 4.2-inch colour multi-information display.

Ride comfort and driver involvement have been improved with measures including a more rigid rear body shell that contributes to greater driving stability and improved ride quality.

Shock absorbers and coil springs have been revised to give a flatter, more comfortable ride and to enhance straight-line stability. In addition the cabin has further refined with added insulation to reduce road, tyre and exhaust noise.

The newly developed active safety measures adopted for RAV4 use a forward-facing camera and millimetre-wave radar. Available features include Pre-Collision Safety System, Active Cruise Control, Automatic High Beam and Lane Departure Alert.

Cruiser variants will continue to be fitted with Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Cross Traffic Alert. They gain front parking sensors, which is also part of the safety option pack on GXL.


Powertrains for the updated RAV4 remain unchanged. On offer are three four-cylinder engines, starting with a 107kW 2.0-litre petrol for the two-wheel drive (2WD) variants.

All-wheel drive (AWD) versions can be specified with a 2.2-litre turbo-diesel engine that develops 340Nm of torque, or a 2.5-litre petrol engine that develops 132kW.

The 2WD RAV4 is fitted with a six-speed manual gearbox or Toyota’s Multidrive S automatic transmission that also provides a sporty, sequential seven-speed mode.

Petrol AWD variants are fitted with a six-speed multi-mode sequential-shift automatic while diesel AWD RAV4 offers the choice of the six-speed manual or automatic gearboxes.

Full details about the revised 2016 Toyota RAV4, including pricing, will be announced closer to local launch in December.


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