We already knew it was coming and when, but now we finally know what it will actually look like – meet the Toyota RAV4’s MY22 update.
Due in Australian showrooms early next year, the fifth-generation mid-size SUV’s first big upgrade was revealed overnight in Europe, where it made its debut in Adventure form, which is the equivalent of the Edge guise sold Down Under.
Of course, the Adventure seen here looks a little different to the Edge we’ve come to know, but it will get similar changes, including the restyled front foglights that will be introduced range-wide in Australia. The redesigned LED headlights and daytime running lights seen here will be exclusive to hybrid variants locally.
Speaking of the hybrid range, the Adventure is offered with a 163kW ‘self-charging’ petrol-electric powertrain with all-wheel drive in Europe, so the door is open for Toyota to add a low-emissions option to the Edge Down Under. For reference, it is currently exclusively motivated by a 152kW/243Nm 2.5-litre naturally aspirated petrol four-cylinder engine.
It has, however, been confirmed that the Edge will expand its suite of advanced driver-assist systems with active rear cross-traffic alert, meaning it will be able to automatically brake if a collision is imminent while reversing.
As far as other Australian grades are concerned, the Cruiser will add three-staged ventilated front seats, an eight-way power-adjustable passenger seat, a digital rearview mirror and illuminated door switches, with the latter feature to also be picked up by the GXL and Edge.
All petrol versions of the Mazda CX-5, Nissan X-Trail, , Mitsubishi Outlander and Subaru Forester rival will also gain idle-stop functionality, while most versions will roll on new sets of alloy wheels (likely with 10-spoke designs), with the Edge possibly getting the Adventure’s new matte-grey finish.
Also detailed for Europe but yet to be confirmed for Australia are LED cabin lighting and USB-C ports, so stay tuned as local pricing and full specification details will released closer to the MY22 RAV4’s release date.
For reference, the MY21 model starts from $32,695 plus on-road costs for the manual GX FWD petrol and tops out at $46,415 for the automatic Cruiser AWD hybrid.