Geneva Motor Show: 2010 Toyota RAV4 Facelift

Article by Christian Andrei, on March 25, 2010

For 2010, Toyota's RAV4 gets a fresh new look. Toyota made changes to its design, combining contemporary urban style with the durability that Europe's original recreational compact SUV is known for. Launched at the Geneva Motor Show, the 2010 RAV4 has had its front-end modified. As a result, the car has an awesome appearance and it is also more aerodynamically efficient.

Toyota gave the car a wider grille, horizontal bars and chrome accents that are reminiscent of the Toyota family look established on the latest Avensis, Verso and Auris models.

New headlights, with projector-type low beam lamps, are flanking the grille. To emphasize RAV4's wide track and dynamic appearance, the car gets a new flowing bonnet design. These are qualities that are expressed in a new full-width front bumper as well. For more appeal, the car is given additional chrome detailing around the foglamps and bonnet molding.

In the cabin, we see that the high quality finish is complemented by new leather and Alcantara upholstery.

In the UK, the 2010 RAV4 will soon use its Toyota Optimal Drive powertrains, with 2.0-liter Valvematic petrol and 2.2 D-4D and D-CAT diesel engines, with six-speed manual, Mutridrive S (Toyota's advanced continuously variable transmission) and six-speed automatic transmissions. The car has CO2 emissions as low as 150 g/km.

Powertrain

The petrol version of the MY2010 Toyota RAV4 is powered by a 2.0 liter (1987cc) 4-cylinder Valvematic engine that provides up to 158 DIN hp (116 kW) of output at 6200 rpm and 198 Nm of torque at 4400 rpm.

When equipped with 2WD and mated to a six-speed manual transmission, this Valvematic engine allows the RAV4 to accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in 10.2 seconds and reach a max speed of 185 km/h.

When featured in Toyota's 4WD Integrated Active Drive System and mated to a six-speed manual, this engine propels the vehicle to go from zero to 100 km/h in 10.5 seconds and to reach a top speed of 185 km/h.

When in 4WD and Multidrive S transmission, the engine enables the car to accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in 11.0 seconds. Interestingly, the 4WD version of the RAV4 – whether mated to a manual transmission or Multidrive S – leads its class in terms of fuel efficiency and carbon dioxide emissions.

A technological wonder by itself, the Multidrive S is Toyota's highly advanced Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) system that could deliver an infinite number of ratios via two cone-shaped pulleys and a high-strength steel belt.

Since Multidrive S could maintain the most efficient engine rpm at any speed, it could achieve high carbon dioxide and fuel efficiency while emitting low cruising-speed noise. Likewise, Multidrive S could maintain the ideal ratio to deliver max engine power for optimum performance.

This CVT system features a 'Sport' button, which when pushed, paves for a more responsive, power-maximizing ratio. Multidrive S could also be used in sequential manual seven-speed mode, allowing drivers to select gear through the gear shift lever or via the steering wheel-mounted paddle shifts.

On the other hand, the diesel version of the MY2010 Toyota RAV4 is powered by either a 2.2 liter (2231cc) D-4D 150 engine or a 2.2 liter D-4D 180 powerplant. First off, the 2.2 liter (2231cc) D-4D 150 engine provides up to 150 DIN hp (110 kW) of output at 3600 rpm and 340 Nm of torque at between 2000 rpm and 2800 rpm.

When featured in a 2WD and mated to a six-speed manual transmission, the diesel engine propels the vehicle from zero to 100 km/h in 10.0 seconds and allows it reach a top speed of 190 km/h.

When paired with 4WD Integrated Active Drive System and six-speed manual transmission, the 2.2 D-4D 150 enables the RAV4 to accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in 10.2 seconds and reach speeds of up to 190 km/h.

When the diesel engine is featured with a six-speed automatic transmission and 4WD, it also benefits from Toyota's Diesel-Clean Advanced Technology (Toyota D-CAT) that includes a Diesel Particulate and NOx Reduction filter (DPNR).

This diesel version of the RAV4 could accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in 10.8 seconds and reach a maximum speed of 185 km/h. Likewise, the 2.2 D-4D 150 engine in 4WD -- whether mated to manual or an automatic transmission – leads its class in terms of low carbon dioxide emissions.

Meanwhile, the six-speed automatic transmission for the 2.2 D-4D 150 diesel engine allows for smooth response and satisfying level of comfort by getting rid of harsh shift shocks. This transmission features a 'Sport' mode that provides an aggressive shift pattern using AI-SHIFT Control (Artificial Intelligence Shift Control).

This transmission also features a six-speed Sports Direct Shift manual override control, which allows drivers to select gears in M-mode through the gear shift lever or by the steering wheel-mounted paddle shifts. This M-mode has a lock-up function that could be used from second to sixth gear.

For optimized speed and seamless downshifting, the Sports Direct Shift comes with an automatic, throttle 'blipping' function. Just like that of the Multidrive S transmission, Sports Direct Shift allows drivers to override the automatic mode by using the paddle shifts.

On the other hand, the 2.2 D-4D 180 diesel engine in 4WD Integrated Active Drive System is also fitted with Toyota's D-CAT technology and paired to a six-speed manual transmission.

This powertrain provides up to 177 DIN hp (130 kW) of output at 3600 rpm and 400Nm of torque at between 2000 rpm and 2800 rpm, allowing the RAV4 to accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in 9.3 seconds and achieve a top speed of 200 km/h.

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