CAPE TOWN, South Africa – Toyota’s front-wheel drive RAV4 GX hybrid, claimed to have attracted widespread acclaim for practicality, fuel-efficiency, and performance with its 2.5-litre hybrid powertrain, has been revised with the GX-R and VX with higher-tier grades and specs.
The GX-R claims to deliver ”a stylish, yet rugged, exterior with prominent black cladding, black over-fenders and a silver bumper protector”. There’s also a large trapezoidal grille and, foul-weather lights.
Leather upholstery and steering-wheel wrap with orange stitching and VX juits add ”a stylish and sophisticated exterior package with a unique grille, deeper apron and vertical bezels. The choice of leather upholstery comes with blue cabin illumination.
SPECIFICATIONS AND FEATURES
The GX-R adds diode head- and daytime running lights, roof rails, rear spoiler and smoked 18″ alloy wheel rims. Also present are air-con, auto screen wipers, smart entry, touchscreen infotainment, five USB ports, a wireless phone charger, reversing camera, parking radar, and cruise control.
Power-adjustment for the heatable seats is extra.
VX units add power seat-adjustment for the front passenger and memory adjustment for the driver, front and rear parking radar, auto high beam and auto-folding external mirrors. there’s also a panoramic view monitor that includes a digital rear-view mirror that has cameras to project a wide-angle image to the mirror surface.
Both the above models include a semi-digital instrument cluster with a multi-info display while screen are also present to monitor eco-driving performance.
All RAV4 models (petrol models included) will have LED interior illumination, an upgrade from three to five USB ports (with dedicated charging outlets) and two 12-volt accessory connectors.
SAFETY AND SECURITY
GX-R units will have ABS, EBD, braking assistance, stability and trailer sway control while the VX adds crash preparation, radar-based cruise control, lane following, blind-spot monitoring, and and rear cross-traffic alert.
A full complement of crash mitigation bags (includes side and curtain), and theft prevention. system.
HYBRID E-FOUR POWER
All RAV4 Hybrid units will have fourth-generation tech: a 2.5-litre Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder petrol engine, a supplementary electric motor on the front axle, and a rear-mounted electric motor. each spinning a constantly variable transmission.
The E-Four automatically selects torque distribution according to wheelspin from 100% up front to 20/80 front-rear split.
When turning, power split will favour rear drive to control steering: in slippery conditions traction will automatically be enhanced for acceleration, traction, driving stability, and regenerative braking performance.
Drive Mode Select allows the driver to tailor vehicle dynamics to usage conditions (Eco/Normal/Power) which in turn are joined by EV-mode and Trail Assist switches, for condition-specific operation.
Performancewise, the A25A-FXS is capable of 131kW/221Nm in pure ICE trim. The electric motors add 88Nm/40kW respectively (front/rear) with complementary torque registering 202 and 121Nm. The total system is rated at 163kW that enables top speed of 180 km/h.
Fuel efficiency is key hybrid. The RAV4 E-FOUR Hybrid offers combined data of 4.8l/100km so, with a 55l fuel tank could pretty much do Jozi to Cape Town on a tank.
That same power-torque combination quaLifies the RAV to haul 1000kg braked, 750kg unbraked.
BODY SHADES AND COLOUR PALETTE
Five exterior colours: grey, red, khaki, blue and black, on lower models; VX units add white, silver and ocean (which we guess has something to do with blue?
Both grades have leather upholstery (black or brown) an choice of bllack or brown for the GX-R and black or beige for VW units.
…AND SO TO THE PRICES
”In line with market trends and product line-up rationalisation,” Toyota says, ”the previous GX models have been deleted from the RAV4 line-up (replaced by the Corolla Cross,) leaving GX-R and VX in both conventional petrol and hybrid configuration.
Prices include a six-services or 90 000km (wcf) of use 15 000km or annually (wcf). Toyota’s standard three-year or 100 000km (wcf) warranty will last for eight years or 195 000km (wcf) though service and warranty plan extensions can be purchased.
Toyota RAV4 2.0 GX-R CVT awd – R606 600
Toyota RAV4 2.5 GX-R CVT Hybrid E-Four – R644 100
Toyota RAV4 2.0 VX CVT 2WD – R617 000
Toyota RAV4 2.5 VX AT AWD – R702 300
Toyota RAV4 2.5 VX CVT Hybrid E-Four – R723 200