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The RAV4 hybrid line-up has been revised

All RAV4 hybrid models employ Toyota's fourth-generation hybrid system.

Launched in 2021, the RAV4 hybrid in front-wheel-drive GX trim garnered widespread acclaim for its combination of practicality, fuel efficiency and performance.

For 2022, the RAV4 hybrid line-up has been revised, with a new two-grade strategy comprising the familiar GX-R and VX. With the adoption of the new higher-tier grades (versus the outgoing GX), the accompanying specification levels (and visual drama) have been amplified too.

Styling and aesthetics

The GX-R delivers a stylish yet rugged exterior with prominent black cladding, black over-fenders and a silver bumper protector. The interior on the GX-R features leather trim (which extends to the steering wheel and shift lever), as well as striking orange detailing on the stitching, seatback and console surround areas – adding a dash of flair to the cabin.
The VX variant adopts a stylish and sophisticated exterior package, with unique front grille treatment, deeper apron and vertically-mounted fog lamp bezels. The leather interior is accompanied by blue interior illumination.

Specification and features

The GX-R features LED headlamps and daytime running lights, the aforementioned fog lamps, roof rails, rear spoiler and new smoked 18-inch alloy wheels. Convenience specification is ample with auto air conditioning, rain-sensing wipers, smart entry, a touchscreen infotainment system (with CarPlay and Android Auto functionality), five USB ports, a wireless charger, reverse camera, rear park distance control (PDC) and cruise control. Both seat heating and ventilation are on offer, as well as power seat adjustment for the driver.

VX variants are further bolstered with power-seat adjustment for the front passenger with driver memory function, front and rear park distance control, auto high-beam functionality and auto-fold operation for the exterior mirrors. A highlight of the VX model is the panoramic view monitor that is newly joined by a digital rear-view mirror. The digital rear-view mirror uses rear-facing cameras to project a wide angle image onto the mirror surface. This function is user selectable, allowing the driver to toggle between traditional and camera views, at the touch of a button.

All RAV4 models (petrol models included) now boast LED interior illumination, an upgrade from three to five USB ports (with dedicated charging outlets) and two 12-volt accessory connectors.

Safety and security

The GX-R models come equipped with a full suite of driver aids; ABS, EBD, Brake Assist, Vehicle Stability Control, Trailer Sway Control (TSC), Hill Start Assist and Downhill Assist Control (DAC). The VX grade adds Toyota Safety Sense (TSS), which encompasses Pre-Crash, radar cruise control, lane trace assist, blind-spot monitoring (BSM) and rear cross traffic alert (RCTA).
A full complement of airbags is present, including side and curtain variants, as well as an anti-theft system.

Hybrid E-Four Power

All RAV4 hybrid models employ Toyota’s fourth-generation hybrid system, which in the RAV4 E-Four execution combines a 2.5-litre Atkinson cycle four-cylinder petrol engine with an electric motor (on the front axle) while adding a rear-mounted electric motor (MGR).

The power units are coupled to a CVT transmission to seamlessly integrate power sources and deliver smooth acceleration. This not only provides the vehicle with new energy credentials, but adds on-demand AWD to the powertrain matrix.

The electric motor is connected to a two-stage gear reduction mechanism, which utilises a parallel shaft to reduce gear engagement losses. The electric E-Four system automatically optimises the torque distribution ratio according to driving conditions, which can vary between 100% in the front, to a 20/80 front-rear split.

For driving in slippery conditions, an Auto LSD/Trail Assist mode can be used to improve traction. Enhanced acceleration, traction, driving stability and regenerative braking performance are some of the E-Four benefits. Drive Mode Select allows the driver to tailor vehicle dynamics to usage conditions (Eco/Normal/Power) which in turn are joined by EV-mode and Trail Assist switches, for condition-specific operation.

In terms of performance figures, the A25A-FXS engine delivers 131kW/221Nm in pure Ice trim. The electric motors pitch in 88 and 40kW respectively (front/rear) with the complimentary torque numbers registering at 202 and 121Nm. The total system is rated at 163kW, while top speed is specified as 180km/h.

Fuel efficiency remains one of the key hybrid credentials, a combined cycle figure of 4.8 litres/100km certainly validates this statement. A 55-litre fuel tank allows a theoretical range of 1 145km on a single tank.

Towing capacity

E-Four models can tow up to 1 000kg braked and 750kg un-braked.

Pricing starts at R606 600 and includes a six-year or 90 000km service plan as standard. Toyota’s standard three-year/100 000km warranty is included, and hybrid customers have the additional peace of mind of an eight-year/195 000km hybrid battery warranty.

Source: MotorPress

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