ALL-NEW 2013 TOYOTA RAV4 MAKES WORLD DEBUT AT LOS ANGELES
INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW
• All-New Bold, Athletic Design
• Six-speed automatic with Sequential Shift and Sport and Eco Modes
• Class-leading cargo capacity; class-leading eight standard airbags
• Available All-wheel drive with Dynamic Torque Control
• Available Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Cross Traffic Alert
LOS ANGELES (Nov. 28, 2012) –The all-new 2013 RAV4 crossover SUV made
debut today at the 2012 Los Angeles International Auto Show. Toyota's
RAV4, the world's original crossover sport utility vehicle, arrives
early next year.
With a fuel-efficient four-cylinder engine, new six-speed
transmission, two-row seating
for five, and a host of available in-cabin technologies, RAV4 offers a
nuanced balance of
performance and all-around capability, including class-leading cargo
capacity, striking design,
class-leading eight standard airbags, and a compelling array of
standard features. RAV4 will be
available in three well-equipped grades: LE, XLE, and Limited.
Performance, Handling, and Efficiency
For 2013, RAV4 will provide a number of powertrain technologies that
help deliver an
engaging driving experience. It will feature Toyota's 2.5-liter
four-cylinder, which will produce 176 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 172
ft. lbs. of torque at 4,100 rpm. The optional V6 of the
previous-generation RAV4 will be discontinued.
Replacing the previous four-speed automatic will be a six-speed
Sequential Shift. First and second gear ratios will be optimized for
To keep engine revs lower at highway speeds and enhance fuel mileage,
fifth and sixth gears
will be overdrives.
RAV4 front-wheel-drive models have received EPA- estimated fuel
efficiency ratings of
24 mpg city/31 highway, while all-wheel-drive models are EPA-estimated
at 22 mpg city/29 mpg highway. A new Eco mode is designed to promote
more efficient driving thus helping to
enhance fuel efficiency.
The new RAV4 will provide its active owners a more dynamic drive, with
technologies like a Sport Mode, enhancements in suspension
performance, and optimized
electric power steering. The spring rates have been enhanced, and the
shock absorbers have
been optimally tuned to help the vehicles handling characteristics.
RAV4 has a MacPherson strut front suspension, double-wishbone rear
four-wheel disc brakes. The LE will ride on 17-inch steel wheels, XLE
will feature 17-inch
alloys, and Limited will be equipped with 18-inch alloys.
In both front- and all-wheel drive RAV4's, driver-selectable Sport
transmission shift timing and action, and throttle response.
Calibration of the Electric Power
Steering assist is also modified in Sport Mode, providing a firmer
feel and sharper response to
input. When down shifting the RAV4 six-speed automatic transmission in
"S" Mode, engine revs
rise with a clearly audible "blip," adding to the driving
A Toyota first, 2013 RAV4's with All-Wheel Drive (AWD) will have
Control, a system that automatically shifts from front-wheel drive
(FWD) to AWD when
accelerating or when sensors detect wheel slippage.
Dynamic Torque Control has three different drive modes: Auto, Lock and
Sport. In Auto
Mode, RAV4 delivers power primarily to the front wheels under most
switching automatically to AWD only when needed. By only engaging the
rear axle and
delivering power to the rear wheels when needed, Auto Mode helps
enhance fuel efficiency and
reduce drivetrain wear.
In Lock Mode at lower speeds, RAV4 essentially has a full-time AWD
system with power
delivered to all four wheels. At speeds below approximately 25 mph in
Lock Mode, up to 50
percent of engine power is sent to the rear wheels, enhancing traction
and helping RAV4 "dig"
through sandy or muddy conditions. Lock Mode reverts to Auto Mode when
passes approximately 25 mph.
As on the front-drive RAV4's, Sport Mode sharpens shift timing,
throttle response, and
steering response. In RAV4 with AWD, Sport Mode has additional
benefits. It can provide
smooth and nearly instantaneous torque transfers between the front and
rear wheels to help
enhance cornering performance. Under certain conditions, Sport Mode
deliver up to 50 percent of engine power to the rear wheels.
In Sport Mode, the AWD system also can apportion power based on input
steering angle and yaw rate sensors of the Vehicle Stability Control
system. When turning into
and through a corner, power is sent to the rear wheels to maximize
traction available at each of the four corners of the vehicle. Under
braking in a straight line in Sport Mode, power delivery to the rear
wheels can be momentarily suspended to best leverage the benefits of
ABS and VSC.
Exterior Design & Body Structure
The new RAV4's design achieves strong proportions while conveying the
agile and fun
character. Sophisticated and dynamic, the exterior features a
progressive silhouette, with a
sleek-sloping roofline and an aggressive character line. The new
RAV4's interior has a
premium, sophisticated look with soft-touch accents and driver-centric
RAV4 pursues the design goals defined by Toyota President Akio Toyoda,
aggressively sculpted front and rear fenders and boldly proportioned
taillights that define
RAV4's athletic presence.
In a significant break with its heritage, RAV4 will switch from its
side-hinged rear door to
a convenient roof-hinged liftgate with a space-saver spare tire will
be stored under the cargo
floor. Standard on the Limited grade will be a one-touch power rear
liftgate with driver selectable memory height settings.
As on other recently introduced Toyotas, RAV4 engineers paid special
aerodynamics, the most obvious detail being small vortex generators
molded into the taillight
cases and near the base of the A-pillars. Less obvious are the
beneath the passenger cabin that help smooth and control airflow.
Following body-engineering principles debuted in the 2012 Camry and
RAV4's body structure will include high-strength steel to help achieve
several significant goals, including a robust and stiff platform that
enhances steering and handling precision, and a body structure that is
both strong and light. RAV4 engineers used several grades of
high-strength steel to form key structural components in the roof,
rocker sills, floor, engine compartment and door frames. The weight
savings were in part invested in sound deadening materials and an
acoustic windshield, helping to create a quiet passenger cabin.
Interior Design & Packaging
The new RAV4's dash panel is driver-centric and asymmetrical, with
secondary controls all within easy reach. On the passenger side, the
sculpted dash panel
creates a sense of airy spaciousness.
RAV4's dash panel and gauges all feature Clear Blue illumination,
which provides crisp
visibility in most ambient light conditions, and a unified, coherent
appearance at night.
RAV4 will come standard with a manual tilt/telescope steering column,
with the LE and
XLE featuring a urethane steering wheel. The Limited grade will have a
steering wheel. All RAV4 steering wheels will have controls for audio,
phone and audio, and the Multi-Information Display (MID).
All RAV4's will have driver and front passenger seats with high
seatbacks and a slim
back, enhancing rear-passenger knee room. The RAV4 LE driver's seat is
including seat height.
The RAV4 XLE driver and front passenger will ride in premium bucket
seats with sport
bolstering, providing ample support of the lower hips, lower torso and
cornering. The XLE will have premium fabric with French stitching on
the seats and portions of
the dash panels.
The Limited will have the same premium driver and front-passenger
bucket seats found
in the XLE but will also come equipped with an eight-way power
adjustable driver's seat with
memory, plus heaters in the front seat bottoms and seatbacks with two
and driver power lumbar. All RAV4 Limited seats are trimmed in
SofTex with French stitching. SofTex also covers the center armrest,
and portions of the door
and dash panels.
All RAV4's will feature 60/40 split/fold second-row seats that recline
several degrees to
enhance passenger comfort.
In contrast to 2013 RAV4's compact exterior dimensions, the cargo area
larger and easier to access than in the previous generation, with just
over 38.4 cu. ft. of cargo capacity behind the rear seats. With rear
seats folded, RAV4 class-leading maximum cargo
capacity of 73.4 cu. ft.
Privacy glass, Daytime Running Lights (DRL), cruise control, power
side mirrors, power
door locks and power windows are standard on all RAV4s. RAV4 XLE and
Limited feature dualzone automatic climate control, integrated fog
lights, power moonroof with sliding sunshade, and heated outside
mirror with turn signal indicators.
In-Cabin Technology, Audio
Standard on all RAV4 models is a Display Audio with a 6.1-inch LCD
Significant for this market, RAV4's Display Audio includes a standard
backup camera and
Bluetooth connectivity. When shifted into reverse, the audio display
will show the image of what the backup camera captures. The image will
include an overlay of positioning lines representing the parking space
and approximate distance to obstacles.
XLE and Limited will offer an available GPS Navigation and Entune™
with satellite radio and advanced voice recognition. The Limited grade
will also offer an
available JBL® GreenEdge™ Premium Audio with 576-Watts of maximum
power, 11 speakers,
and GPS Navigation and Entune.
The Limited grade will offer an available Blind Spot Monitor system
(BSM) that operates
when RAV4 is traveling at approximately 25 mph or above. It can be
turned off with a
dashboard switch. When the system detects a vehicle in the adjacent
lane, it alerts the driver
with a blinking light indicator in the side mirrors. If the turn
signal is on when there is a vehicle in the blind spot of the driver's
intended lane, the indicator on the corresponding mirror will warn the
driver with a solid light.
The available Blind Spot Monitor incorporates Rear Cross Traffic Alert
uses the Blind Spot Monitor radar sensors at the lower rear bodywork
of the vehicle. The RCTA
works at speeds between 0 and 15 mph and activates when the vehicle is
in Reverse. When
backing up, the RCTA senses vehicles approaching from either direction
and provides an
audible warning combined with a flashing indicator in the appropriate
All 2013 RAV4s will have a class-leading eight standard airbags. Like
RAV4 will feature the Star Safety System, which includes Traction
Control, Electronic Brakeforce Distribution, Enhanced Vehicle
Stability Control, Brake Assist, an Anti-lock Braking
System, and Smart Stop Technology.