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Toyota beefs up RAV4

2008-12-05 14:55

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.


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