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Beefy new look for RAV4

2010-02-17 08:18
The facelifted RAV4 and the production version of the Auris hybrid will be shown at the Geneva Motor Show.

Along with its new Land Cruiser-inspired appearance, the compact SUV apparently also gains a more “refined” interior.

Toyota’s Optimal Drive powertrains – skewed towards efficiency and introduced locally on the Corolla and current RAV4 ranges – should make it a rather clean SUV, too.

At the same time, the production-ready Auris hybrid will make its public debut at the show.

The Auris HSD (for Hybrid Synergy Drive) is key in the Toyota line-up as manufacturer aims to have full hybrids across its model range within the 2020s.

The revised RAV4 is expected in South Africa later this year, while the facelifted Auris range becomes available as early as March.

Also on display on Toyota’s Geneva showstand will be the FT86 sports coupe, which makes its European debut, and a plug-in version of the Prius hybrid.


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