Wednesday, December 9, 2015
Toyota Motor Philippines Presents 2016 RAV4: A New Dimension of Action (w/ Specs)
Already the country’s undisputed number one car maker for 2015, Toyota Motor Philippines is showing no signs of slowing down as it officially unveiled the upgraded 2016 RAV4 crossover during its annual Christmas party for the media.
Dubbed as the “new dimension of action”, the 2016 RAV4 adopts a sleeker and more dynamic exterior styling, refreshed interiors, and added creature comfort features.
In terms of design, the RAV4 now closely aligns itself with Toyota’s new design language with a new front fascia. It features a larger lower grille and slim projector headlights with available LED low/high beams and LED daytime running lights for the Premium model. Together with the reshaped rear end, the RAV4 is actually now slightly longer while new wheel arch moldings and rocker panels contribute to a more flowing profile. The LED treatment continues at the back for the brake lamps. At each corner, it features a new design to its 17-inch alloy wheels and is now fitted with low rolling resistance 225/65 R 17 tires.
Capping the exterior restyle is a wider range of color options which total eight: Blue Metallic, Orange Metallic, Dark Red Mica Metallic, Bronze Metallic, White Pearl Metallic, Silver Metallic, Gray Metallic, and Black Mica.
Occupants will enjoy much greater comfort thanks to improved and expanded sound insulation that reduces road, tire, and exhaust noise. This goes hand-in-hand with the revamped interior featuring new black trim with contrasting silver accents. For the driver, the 2016 RAV4 gets new back-lit gauges with a multi-function display nestled between the speedometer and tachometer. Furthermore, Premium models get the added convenience of a 6.5-inch touch screen audio-visual system with GPS navigation and six speakers.
Mechanically, all RAV4s are powered by the 2.5-liter 2AR-FE 4-cylinder engine. This Dual VVT-i engine outs 180 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 233 Nm of torque at 4,100 rpm. This is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission with Super ECT and sequential shift technology.
Though it continues to ride on the same MacPherson Strut/Double Wishbone suspension set-up, the 2016 model gets better riding comfort thanks to reinforcements to the rear part improving driving stability and ride quality. In addition, the shock absorbers and coil springs have been revised to give a flatter ride and enhanced straight-line stability.
And in order to cater to the ever-changing needs and desires of RAV4 customers, Toyota has changed its model naming for this model exclusively. Gone is the single letter model designation and in its place comes the Active, Active+, and Premium models. All in all, there are four models available: 4x2 Active (P 1,263,000), 4x2 Active+ (P 1,441,000), 4x2 Premium (P 1,863,000), and 4x4 Premium (P 2,066,000). As always, the White Pearl Metallic color adds a P 15,000 premium.
The 2016 Toyota RAV4 is now available at all Toyota dealerships nationwide.