Toyota returned to Japan RAV4 crossoverFebruary 20, 2019
The model of the third generation was sold in the country until 2016
Toyota has announced the return to the Japanese market of the crossover RAV4, which is not sold here since 2016. Moreover, the fourth generation model (XA40) was not represented at all in the country, since it was replaced by the subcompact CH-R.
The third-generation RAV4 was sold in Japan until July 2016 – another four years after the crossover left global markets. In addition to the usual version, customers were offered an extended version under the name Vanguard. Later, the base RAV4 was replaced by the CH-R coupe, and the stretched one was replaced with the updated Harrier.
Details about the fifth-generation RAV4 for the Japanese market have not yet been disclosed. The official website states that the crossover will be available with a gasoline engine and all-wheel drive Dynamic Torque Vectoring AWD, as well as a hybrid powerplant with the E-Four system.
Also for the crossover there are several styling packages. Off-road TRD (similar to the American RAV4) includes extended wheel arch liners, an expeditionary trunk and additional LED modules in the bumper. The body kit differs from Modellista with an aggressive bumper and side skirts.
The fifth-generation Toyota RAV4 was unveiled at the New York Auto Show last spring. The crossover switched to the TNGA architecture, such as the Camry, got a thrust vector control system and an eight-speed automatic transmission.
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