The compact SUV market in Malaysia has always been a competitive market. Toyota have not been in the scene officially for quite a long time. On the 18th of June 2020, the Toyota Rav4 is officially making a come back in the form of the fifth-generation Rav4 for the local market. First came into being in 1994, the Rav4 has been Toyota’s mainstream Compact SUV since.
The CBU 5th-generation Rav4 is available in Malaysia in two variants: 2.0-liter and 2.5-liter variants.
At a glance, the new Rav4 gives a bolder look compared to the previous generation, highlighted by the front octagon shape, trapezoid-shaped grille, LEDs, foglights, character lines at the side, high wheel arches, repositioned door mirrors, a lowered beltline and redesigned rear-quarter glass. The rear has a trapezoid shape to go with more LED lights to offer a premium impression. To finish off the package, Toyota added 18-inchers 5-spoke rims and 225/60R18 tyres with a 165/80R17 spare tyre.
The Rav4 with its latest rendition has gone on to a more premium feel inside with a new dashboard layout, a slimmed-down instrument panel, a grippier steerring, a leather-drapped gear knob and more soft pads with improved materials. The driver stares at Optitron meters and a 7-inch color MID with a TFT combi meter. There’s a 7-inch DVD-AVX infotainment system with 6 speakers for entertainment and all kinds of connectivity.
The seats have been given a premium treatment with thicker cushions and enlarged lumbar support pads. The driver gets an 8-way seat, while both front seats now come with seat ventilations. At the back, seats are optimized to give more boot space. The Rav4 has the largest boot space of any previous generation and more amenities.
The new Rav4 is fitted with either a 2.0l or 2.5l, paired to a CVT or 8-speed automatic with sequential shift and gear lockdown, respectively. The 2.5l pushes 152 kw/207 ps with 243 Nm of torque, while the 2.0l engine can deliver up to 127 kW/173 PS of power and 207 Nm of torque.
Driving dynamics and Safety
Based on the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform, this fifth generation Rav4 is more rigid and stable than any Rav4 before it. In other words, it handles tighter, better.
It comes with the Toyota Safety Sense (TSS) suite, consisting of four driver-assistance systems: Pre-Collision System (PCS), Lane Departure Alert (LDA) with Lane Tracing Assist (LTA), Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC) for All Speeds and Automatic High Beam (AHB). Toyota even added a Tyre Pressure Warning System for good measures. Other security features include immobilizer, alarm system and a Vehicle Telematics System (VTS).
The Rav4 goes on sale from 15 June with these prices: Rav4 2.0l at RM196,436.00 and Rav4 2.5l at RM215,664.50, without insurance. Color options are Dark Blue Mica, Gray Metallic, White Pearl CS, Red Mica, Attitude Black and Silver Metallic.