The RAV4 has been a popular compact SUV, but the seven-year-old design of the current third-generation vehicle now looks markedly out-of-date against the fresh metal in the field, including the Mazda CX-5 and coming Ford Kuga.
So Toyota needs to play style catch-up to keep the RAV4 in the front lines of the sales race, and the 40-second teaser video hints that the new RAV4 will have a much more stylish approach. It’s taking the best of new cues from the rest of the family, with a redrawn grille, bumpers and light clusters.
There’s no information yet on what’s under the skin, but while you can depend on a four-cylinder engine continuing for the base models, Toyota is unlikely to persevere with the outdated four-speed automatic gearbox on the current 2.4-litre. Expect to see either a smoother, economy-focused six-speed or a continuously-variable as the auto option.
The current 3.5-litre V6 engine could also be an endangered species, and is likely to be replaced by either a higher-tuned version of the four-cylinder, or an economical small diesel.
We’ll have more details as they’re revealed on the RAV4 and all the other highlights of the LA motor show leading up to its opening on November 28.