This automatically adjusts different vehicle systems — steering assist, brake and throttle control, shift pattern and drive torque distribution — according to the drive mode selected. The big daddy in the line-up is a 2. Toyota has found a healthy balance between power and consumption with this 2 231cc engine, as its claimed fuel consumption is a very respectable 5. On a very twisty mountain pass near Barcelona, switching to the paddles enhanced the driving experience by allowing me to easily select the appropriate ratio for the differing corner speeds, while adding some engine braking before negotiating slower, tighter bends. Thanks to some under-bonnet massaging, the four-cylinder unit's outputs are now 127 kW and 207 N. Reducing the front and rear overhangs by a combined 35mm -5mm front, -30mm rear means the new model is shorter overall by 5mm 4,600mm and retains its agile manoeuvrability, yet the wheelbase has been increased by 30mm 2,690mm , securing a more spacious cabin.
New look Styling, though, is quite radically changed from that of the previous generation. As we late in 2018, no diesel powertrains the outgoing range includes a 2,2-litre oil-burner will be offered. The only gearbox offered here is an eight-speed conventional torque-converter automatic transmission. The Rav4 has found the perfect balance of power and driveablity while its looks are also appealing and the powertrain line-up impressive. Now, almost 20 years down the line, Toyota finds itself fighting a rather hefty list of competitors. The introduction of the compact three-door adventurer kick-started a segment the motoring community never knew it needed.
The exterior inherits 18-inch alloy wheels to match the visual differentiation. Comfort for rear seat passengers has been improved with increased seat width, more spacious rear footwells and increased opening-angle of the rear doors. At the same time, overall height has been brought down by 10mm to 1,650mm. The lowest possible centre of gravity is achieved by making every component lighter and locating it lower down in the vehicle — everything from the engine to the seats in the cabin. Clever details include a hand grip on the tailgate that can serve as a hanger and a power-operated tailgate with hands-free function.
As is customary, the next generation of any vehicle is generally larger than its predecessor. Interestingly, the top-spec model's rear-view mirror doubles as a screen fed by a rear-facing camera, although this can be switched to a conventional mirror with the flick of a lever. The roads were muddy and slippery but the intelligent permanent all-wheel-drive system coped without any fuss. . Instead, the engine line-up will comprise a 2,0-litre four-cylinder unit with new outputs of 127 kW and 207 N. In addition, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay seem likely to be offered later. For the customer this makes the car more fun to drive, while at the same time enabling design freedom inside and out, enhanced safety performance that gives greater peace of mind and more comfort for everyone on board.
Special attention was paid to providing plenty of useful and easily accessible storage for the driver and front passenger. This gives the car the core strengths of a low centre of gravity, light weight and a strong, rigid and balanced chassis that delivers exceptional handling, stability and driver rewards. This, together with a generous seat adjustment range and precise positioning of the pedals and armrest, ensures more customers are able to find their ideal position when driving. That said, the eight artificial steps are too many; six would have done nicely. Well judged ride The suspension set-up is spot-on, with enough compliance to soak up most bumps while still limiting body roll through fast corners. Available in South Africa with a choice of three engines, the 2.
That said, despite its city slicker attire, under the skin the Rav4 does retain some of its adventurous elements and ergonomics. Although the European units at the launch had no spare wheels, four of the five derivatives that will make up the South African line-up will come with a full-size alloy spare as standard. Still, this should not be too much of an inconvenience with the anticipated improved fuel economy of the two petrol engines that will be offered at the local launch in March 2019. Soft-touch surfaces abound, including the dashboard and door panels. Article written by Ryan has spent most of his career in online media, writing about everything from sport to politics and other forms of crime. As well as providing more space and comfort, the cabin displays exceptional quality and finish throughout. The cabin is characterised by high sensory quality throughout and precision execution.
He studied mechanical engineering due to a fascination with engines, and worked on and spray-painted cars in his spare time. Switchgear is new, too, with cleanly integrated buttons and pleasingly tactile controls, such as the soft-touch knurling on the audio and air conditioning controls. Apart from the freeway and mountain passes, we also traversed an off-road course that was quite entertaining by overseas off-road standards. The rear seats have a 60:40 split-folding function and there are storage nets on each side of the boot. But his true passion — reignited by a 1971 Austin Mini Mk3 still tucked lifeless in a dark corner of his garage — is of the automotive variety. Thanks to the low centre of gravity and high body rigidity, the suspension does not have to be rendered stiffer to meet dynamic targets.
Seating space is generous and again thanks to the added length between the axles the boot is also larger. Visibility has been enhanced by increasing the glass area all round particularly in the case of the smaller quarter-light panes, front and rear , while the interior has also moved up a level in terms of quality, with a large touchscreen, redesigned gear lever and console area, and rotary knobs that feature a ribbed rubber coating adding appeal. Less fuel While the 2,0-litre's power output seems fairly high on paper for a free-breathing unit, at least , the engine needs to be revved if decent forward progress is desired and there's not quite enough low-down torque to compete with the many smaller-engined rivals that use turbocharging. The other engine derivatives on offer include the smaller 2. The platform also allows for a 57 per cent increase in body rigidity, which contributes to a stable, flat ride with superior handling. But it does believe the new Rav4 will once again dominate the very market it created.
The electrically assisted power steering system now has the motor positioned directly on the rack instead of further up the steering column, improving the steering feel to something close to that of hydraulic assistance. It controls the intake of fresh air, fuel, combustion gases, and adjusts the timing of the valves to match the operating conditions of the engine, delivering an enhanced driving experience. The inclusion of Toyota Safety Sense features on selected models introduce advanced technologies to help prevent accidents and provide greater driver assistance, including systems that introduce a degree of automated driving. The majority of the units on the launch in Spain employed Toyota's latest hybrid system incorporating this 2,5-litre engine , but these powertrains are apparently not suited to high-altitude operation so will not be sold in South Africa. Seat heating and ventilation are provided for front passengers. Toyota South Africa Motors has revealed initial details of the range that is scheduled to launch locally in March 2019. Pricing, of course, will be revealed closer to the local launch in March 2019.