Toyota RAV4 range bolstered with E-Four variants

Toyota expands Hybrid offering with two new RAV4 Hybrid models

Reuben Van Niekerk
Toyota RAV4
Toyota
RAV4

Following its launch in 2021 the Toyota RAV4 line up has become a popular choice with consumers looking for a vehicle that combines practicality, fuel efficiency and performance. By combining the proven TNGA platform with a punchy 2.5-litre hybrid powertrain, the RAV4 Hybrid delivers a driving experience that perfectly matches these requirements

 

For 2022 the hybrid line up has been revised, with a new two-grade strategy comprising the familiar GX-R and VX models. Along with the adoption of this new model strategy is a considerable bump in specification.

 

Styling and aesthetics

The GX-R boasts a stylish yet rugged exterior featuring prominent black cladding, black over fenders and a silver bumper protector. In addition hybrid derivatives feature a large trapezoidal grille along with two parallel crossbars and wide set fog lamps that frame the blue-hued Toyota insignia.

 

The interior on GX-R models is finished in leather trim as well as striking orange detailing on the stitching, seatback and console surround areas.

 

VX models now feature a stylish and sophisticated exterior package along with a unique front grille treatment, deeper apron and vertically mounted fog lamp bezels. The leather interior is complimented by blue interior illumination.

 

Updated specification

GX-R models now feature LED headlamps and daytime running lights, fog lamps, roof rails, rear spoiler and smoked alloy wheels. Convenience features include 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 and cruise control. Seat heating and ventilation as well as power seat adjustment for the driver ensure a comfortable experience behind the wheel.

 

VX variants are further bolstered with power adjustment and a memory function for the driver’s seat, front and rear park distance control, auto high-beam functionality and auto-folding exterior mirrors. The panoramic view monitor is improved by a digital rear-view mirror, which uses rear-facing cameras to project a wide angle onto the mirror surface.

 

Both models feature a semi-digital instrument cluster, incorporating a broad spectrum Multi-Information Display. Dedicated screens are in place to monitor eco driving performance including an EV-mode usage infographic and E-Four operation.

 

All RAV4 models now boast LED interior illumination, an upgrade from three to five USB ports and two 12-volt accessory connectors.

 

Safety and security

GX-R models are fitted with a full suite of driver aids including ABS, EBD, Brake Assist, Vehicle Stability Control, Trailer Sway Control, Hill Start Assist and Downhill Assist Control. The VX grade improves on this with Toyota Safety Sense, which encompasses Pre-Crash, radar cruise control, lane trace assist, blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert. A full complement of airbags includes side and curtain variants.

 

4th generation hybrid power plant

All RAV4 models employ Toyota’s latest hybrid system which in E-Four models 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. These power units are seamlessly integrated via a CVT transmission that ensures smooth acceleration. The benefits of this system include new energy credentials and the benefit of an on-demand AWD system. Drive Mode Select allows the driver to tailor vehicle dynamics to usage conditions such as Eco, Normal and Power, which are joined by EV mode and Trail Assist switches, for condition-specific operation.

 

The engine delivers 131kW and 221Nm in pure internal combustion form and the electric motors add in 88kW and 212Nm from the front as well as 40kW and 121Nm from the rear. This results in a total system rating of 163kW.

 

Fuel consumption remains one of the key selling points of a Hybrid and the RAV4 E-Four is a true testament to this. Toyota claims that it will use just 4.8 litres per 100km on the combined cycle, with a 55-litre fuel tank that means a theoretical range of 1145km.

 

Both model grades are equipped with leather-trimmed interiors, offering a choice between Black and Orchid Brown on the GX-R and an option of Black or Beige on the VX models.

 

Model line up and pricing

In-line with customer demand, the previously offered GX models have been deleted from the RAV4 line up, with Toyota now offering the GX-R and VX in both conventional petrol and hybrid configuration.

 

RAV4 GX-R CVT AWD

R606 600

RAV4 2.5 GX-R CVT Hybrid E-Four

R644 100

RAV4 2.0 VX CVT 2WD

R617 000

RAV4 2.5 VX Auto AWD

R702 300

RAV4 2.5 VX CVT Hybrid E-Four

R723 200

 

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