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Toyota reveals new RAV4

The fifth generation of Toyota's RAV4 has been revealed and it is the first of its kind to be built on the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) that underpins the C-HR and others.

Indeed, the RAV4 obviously takes the daring styling of the C-HR and runs with it, with bodywork that's a riot of creases, sharp edges and unusual design. It's bound to be love it or hate it in most eyes, but at least Toyota should be commended for being brave, rather than boring.

The Japanese company says the new RAV4 is 4,600mm long, making it marginally shorter than the outgoing version. However, while the front and rear overhangs have both been reduced, the wheelbase stretches by 30mm, to the benefit of interior space - the RAV4 is also 10mm wider at 1,855mm in total. Toyota claims the boot capacity is also increased, while it promises to be versatile with folding rear seats, a double-load floor and deck side nets.

As with the current version of the RAV4, the new model will provide a hybrid option. A new 2.0-litre petrol engine, with a choice of manual or automatic transmissions, will be offered, as well as a hybrid-electric 2.5-litre powertrain.

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Author: Carzone

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