Toyota RAV4 and the evolution of the SUV in Europe (Part 2)

5 Jul


Toyota RAV4 2nd generation (2000 – 2006)

The second generation was launched directly with 3 and 5 doors, and was already somewhat larger than the original (5.5 and 4 cm longer, respectively). With that extra space it was intended to conquer couples and young families with a more active lifestyle. Initially it had two engines: a 1.8 of 123 CV and a 2.0 of 150 HP, although in 2002 the first diesel engine would arrive, a 2.0 of 116 HP. The permanent 4 × 4 traction was maintained with viscous coupling with central differential LSD and Torsen as factory option for the rear differential.

Toyota RAV4 3rd generation (2006 – 2012)

The third generation of Toyota RAV4 premiered platform and was the first to have only five-door bodywork… Although there were two battle measures, with which in the United States and Russia was available a version of seven seats. The car grew again. It was 19 cm longer than the previous one (47.7 cm long battle version), which showed that its audience was evolving now it was targeting mature families. The range of engines worldwide had four petrol (2.0, 2.4, 2.5 and 3.5 V6) and a 2.2 diesel. The car premiered a new 4 × 4 system with electronic control coupling (depending on speed, accelerator information, steering angle, longitudinal acceleration or forces due to acceleration), introduced also in ESP of series, control of descent and control of assistance to the start in Slope.

Toyota RAV4 4th generation (2013 – 2018)

The 2013 Toyota RAV4 could only be chosen with five-door bodywork … And it grew back (it’s just 5 cm shorter than the previous long-wheelbase and 23.5 cm bigger than in.) In our Toyota RAV4 test we were told that it as the next step for the user of a Toyota Verso, 30% of the owners of a compact MPV end up buying an SUV, but in the case of the Verso, only 5% were transferred to the previous RAV4. Why? It had little trunk. And, if the SUV segment began as an exotic alternative to sport coupes, today the all-road market is nourished by families looking for a more modern alternative to people carriers and family. It is equipped with new engines with lower consumption and emissions (2.0 and 2.5 gasoline and 2.0 and 2.2 diesel). It also has an interesting and efficient system of Dynamic Control of the Par 4 × 4 (depending on the speed, information of the accelerator, steering angle, longitudinal acceleration or forces due to acceleration). And in 2016, with the arrival of the update, the hybrid engine arrived.

Toyota RAV4 5th generation (2019)

Everything to the hybrid, this is a bet of the Toyota RAV4 2019, at least in Spain, where it is only available with the hybrid system that combines a 2.5-liter Atkinson cycle engine linked to an electric engine (or two, if it has total traction, with a power of 218 or 222 HP, depending on whether or not it has the rear axle with traction, a car radically different from the original. Without growing too much the total length (4.59 meters), now it is a car of clear family orientation, leaving for the C-HR (with which it shares a platform, by the way), the most youthful approach.