2015 Toyota RAV4 Facelift Cruiser, GX and GXLToyota RAV4 has just been significantly updated and this comes to complete a remarkable 2015! So let's see what has happened with the RAV4 and how the newest facelift complements vehicle's superior qualities. In short, the SUV has sleeker and more dynamic exterior, refreshed interior, more efficient Euro 5 engines, trailer sway control and a lot of new standard and available features like the integrated active safety and driver assistance technologies. There is one substantial addition to the safety features, which uses a forward-facing camera and millimetre-wave radar to trigger vehicle systems. But let me take you to the details here.

Exterior Changes

Toyota RAV4 Facelift includes at its front a larger lower grille and slimline LED projector headlights, which give it more serious appearance.  By the way, the headlights incorporate high and low beams in a housing that also integrates LED daytime running lights. There are also LEDs at the back.

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The front and rear bumpers have been both restyled. They add 35mm to the SUV's overall length. In addition, the new wheel-arch moldings and rocker panels sharpen the sides and give the impression that the RAV4 has wider stance.

2015 Toyota RAV4 Facelift  Rear View

For this notion also contribute the new wheel designs for mid-range GXL and high-grade Cruiser. Precisely, the GXL runs on 18-inch black alloy with bright machined spokes, while the Cruiser's new 18-inch alloys have five pairs of spokes. The entry-level GX shows-off with 17-inch steel wheel with low rolling resistance tires.

Three exterior colors have been added to the color palette of the range including Deep Red mica metallic that replaces the Wildfire, Hazel and Blue Gem.

More Luxury Inside as well as… Silence

2015 Toyota RAV4 Facelift  Interior

RAV4's cabin is much quieter than before. This adds to the enhanced comfort for the occupants. Toyota introduces a brand new matte black trim with contrasting silver accents. Some changes include an entirely redesigned centre console, front cup holder, 12-volt accessory socket in the second row next to the two in the front as well as a new holder for sunglasses.

The GXL and Cruiser models are also proud ‘owners' of a two-dial instrument cluster with a 4.2-inch colour TFT multi-information display. GXL is now fitted with an electro-chromatic rear-view mirror. Other cool highlights in the Cruiser include leather-accented seats in black, tan or beige.

Cutting-Edge Safety Technologies

RAV4's is fitted with wide range of cutting-edge safety technologies. Take for instance the Pre-Collision System with forward collision warning and automatic emergency brake, Lane Departure Alert, Automatic High Beam and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control.

In addition, optional features are the Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert and front parking sensors. Pre-Collision Safety System can warn the driver of a possible crash and automatically apply the brakes. Furthermore, the Active Cruise Control helps the driver keep a safe distance from the car in front.

Cruiser gets as a standard an Automatic High Beam, which detects the headlights of oncoming vehicles and the taillights of preceding vehicles. Then it switches automatically between high and low beam to avoid dazzling other drivers. This model also gets the Lane Departure Alert as no-cost-option. It is designed to help avoid collisions by warning the driver if the vehicle starts to go out from its lane.


2015 Toyota RAV4 Facelift Front View

2015 Toyota RAV4 Facelift has three four-cylinder engines. The first one is the 146 hp (107 kW) 2.0-litre petrol for the two-wheel drive (2WD) variants. This unit is fitted with a six-speed manual gearbox or Toyota's Multidrive S automatic transmission.

The all-wheel drive (AWD) models get a 2.2-litre turbo-diesel engine producing 340 Nm (251 lb-ft) of torque, or a 2.5-litre petrol engine that develops 180 hp (132 kW). Petrol AWD variants are fitted with a six-speed multi-mode sequential-shift automatic transmission. On the other hand, the diesel AWD RAV4 offers a choice of the six-speed manual or automatic gearboxes.

At last, new feature in the range is Toyota's advanced all-wheel drive technology, called Dynamic Torque Control AWD. It utilizes information from speed, steering-angle and yaw-rate sensors to control torque transfer between the front and rear wheels.

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Source: Toyota