A facelifted version of the ever-popular Toyota RAV4 is being shown at the Bologna Motor Show.
Cosmetic changes to the RAV4 have been kept to a minimum, and for the South African market will include revised head- and taillamps, fog lamps, restyled bumpers, indicators integrated into the door mirrors and a new chrome grille.
Interior adjustments include a new centre cluster and instrument panel with a neater arrangement of functions and displays, Bluetooth connectivity, and a fresh look for the steering wheel controls.
And while some European markets will receive an all-new 117-kW 2.0-litre petrol engine and a revised 2.2-litre D-4D turbodiesel, these changes will not be reflected in the local line-up.
Neither will prospective South African owners see the benefits of a new CVT transmission called Multidrive S, or a new six-speed automatic gearbox.
For locals, the 112-kW 2.0-litre petrol and 100-kW 2.2-litre turbodiesel units will remain untouched, as well as the standard six-speed manual gearbox and the four-speed auto offered on the range-topping petrol model.
The facelifted RAV4 is expected here from the third quarter of 2009.