Tuesday, May 10, 2011

2011 Toyota RAV4 Review

Since the first generation Toyota RAV4 (Recreational Active Vehicle with Traction 4) was launched in Europe in 1994, more than one million customers have come to appreciate its compact size, maneuverability and versatility, combined with the reliability of the most advanced four-wheel drive system in the segment.

While the share of European compact SUV market has remained stable at just less than 5% of total vehicle sales, the segment has recently attracted a new group of customers for the purchase of an SUV is more emotional than rational of the proposal.

These customers still value the high driving position, spacious interior, versatility and sense of security to offer a compact SUV, but have less need 4 wheel drive. Instead, they place greater emphasis on distinctive, sophisticated design, interior design, high quality and performance of fuel efficient and environmentally associated with an engaging driving experience. Making its European debut at this year's show car in Geneva, meets each of these requirements, the new Toyota RAV4 model range expanded while sacrificing none of the core values ​​of Toyota's compact SUV.

Instantly identifies it as the latest addition to the Toyota family, Toyota RAV4 has a new, more sophisticated design chromeaccented before, emphasizing the wide track of the vehicle and stable position.

Showcasing an exclusive holiday Toyota Easy Flat system, the Toyota RAV4 maintains all internal practices, the variety of flexible active lifestyle customers expect from a compact SUV, while the perceived quality is further enhanced when there is a new leather / Alcantara seat covers.

Offering a wider and 2WD and 4WD options for the entire engine line-up Toyota RAV4 benefit from Toyota Optimal Drive, low emissions and fuel consumption. 4WD variant will return to class leading emissions and fuel consumption, as well as Multi Drive and S versions of the manual transmission Valvematic 2.0-liter petrol engine and manual or automatic 2.2 D-4D 150 diesel.

Toyota RAV4 range offers greater flexibility in choosing the ideal of quality and transmission combination. Four categories-HS1, HS2, leather / Alcantara and Premium are now available in a wider range of engines.

look sophisticated and stylish interior quality

Toyota RAV4 successive generations have followed the same breakthrough, "elements of modern design and robust" that created the compact SUV market with the launch of the first Toyota RAV4 in 1994. The main features compactness, maneuverability and versatility teamed with the AWD system the most advanced in its segment, and Toyota RAV4 won a large share of the market and consistent European compact SUV.

None of the sacrifices of these core values, the Toyota RAV4 designed to appeal to a new group of customers who require more distinctive, sophisticated design and stylish interior design of high-quality range.

Exterior design

The latest generation of Toyota is a dynamic, compact SUV, all new, more sophisticated front design, which combines a stylish urban chic aesthetic image of the vehicle, wait for the sustainability of world-class credentials of four-wheel drive wheels.

New wider horizontal grille bar-type design recalls Toyota Avensis Verso and RAV4 will be instantly recognizable as the latest addition to the Toyota family. E 'is bounded by new headlight bulbs with low beam projector type, which are incorporated in a new bonnet and front wing design, which emphasizes the car's track and posture dynamics.

A new, full-width front bumper aerodynamic stresses compact SUV a stable position. In addition, the chrome grille accents, cap molding and fog light surrounds enhance the quality of the new premium design.

Profile, Toyota RAV4 spaceefficient inherits a combination of compression, a growing waistline and the line very personal, which is characterized by generation of Toyota's compact SUV. Come back, surrounded by a substantial, highly visible light (LED) lamp cluster, hinged rear door is deeply recessed into the rear bumper, which offers convenient access, flat and level with the passage inside the trunk. The rear door is equipped with an integrated spoiler on the roof that houses the high-mounted LED brake.

Toyota RAV4 is available in the 10:00 range of body colors, including three new models range: Pearl White, Dark and Steel, Regency Red.

Interior Design

Precision Toyota RAV4 fresh interior confirms the quality of the premium compact SUV from Toyota. With the removal of all lines of fracture, tight panel gaps and the corresponding surface of the ground floor of its technical excellence and contribute to the perceived quality of the design.

And the perceived quality of the Toyota RAV4 interior is further enhanced by the availability of new leather / Alcantara.

Thank you for your stay unique Toyota Easy Flat system, the Toyota RAV4 maintains all the practices, the variety of customers flexible active lifestyle expected of a compact SUV. Using two one-touch by easily through the back door, the rear seats can be folded flush with the trunk floor does not need to remove headrests or pillows.

Toyota Optimal Drive are applied throughout the engine line-up

Sport Utility Vehicles are under increasing pressure to improve their environmental performance. Strengthening Toyota lead in the environment, sustainable mobility, Toyota RAV4 benefits entire engine line-up of Toyota Optimal Drive, a number of technologies introduced in 2008 at Paris Motor Show.

Toyota Optimal Drive has a combination of large-scale advanced technology and improving internal programs to optimize the balance between performance and driving enjoyment with low fuel economy and emissions.

These different underlying technologies focuses on three main aspects of the transmission: first, to reduce the transmission of weight through parts of the super-compact and lightweight engine and transmission, secondly, to minimize friction and mechanical losses and, thirdly, to maximize combustion efficiency.

Equipped with Toyota Optimal Drive, Toyota RAV4 engine range offers an unmatched balance outstanding, interest, and four-wheel drive performance and class-leading CO2 emissions of petrol and diesel options.

2.0-liter gasoline engine Valvematic

Available in 2WD manual six speed, and the Toyota 4WD Integrated Active Drive system mated to a six-speed manual transmission or Multi Drive S, 1987cc, 4-cylinder engine develops 158 DIN hp/116 kW Valvematic, 6200 rpm 198 Nm of torque at 4400 rpm.

When equipped with 2 wheel drive and manual transmission, it delivers a 0-100 km / h acceleration time of 10.2 seconds and a top speed of 185 km / h.

Besides the transfer of 4-wheel drive and manual, the engine delivers 0-100 km / h in 10.5 seconds and a top speed of 185 km / h. S multidrive transmission delivers 0-100 km / h in 11.0 seconds.

Both coupled through the manual transmission and Multidrive S, 4-wheel drive version of the fuel cost and CO2 emissions in its class leaders.

S transmission Multidrive

Valvematic 2.0-liter engine can be equipped with Multidrive S, Toyota advanced continuously variable transmission (CVT) system. Provide an infinite number of reports of the two conical pulleys and a belt of high strength steel, Multidrive S offers incredibly smooth, the smooth driving experience.

Since the CVT keeps the system more efficient engine speed for any vehicle speed, it combines a low cruising speed of sound at high CO2 and fuel efficiency, but also able to maintain the ideal ratio of peak to give the engine to maximize performance.

A knob 'Sport', select a more sensitive, power-up that offers a more engaging driving experience. Multidrive S also has a manual sequential seven-speed, with speed selector gearbox or wheel paddles.

2.2-liter D-4D 150 diesel

Coupled to the gearbox six-speed manual, the 2.2 D-4D 150 is available with 2WD or 4WD Integrated Active Drive System. The 2231cc unit develops 150 hp/110 kW DIN at 3600 rpm and 340 Nm of torque at 2000-2800 rpm. With a top speed of 190 kmh, the engine delivers a 2-wheel-drive 0-100 km / h acceleration time of 10.0 seconds and 10.2 seconds with four-wheel drive.

When attached to the six-speed automatic transmission and 4-wheel drive, the 2.2 D-4D 150 units of other benefits of the technology from Toyota Diesel Clean Advanced (Toyota D-CAT), which features a diesel particulate filter for NOx reduction (DPNR). So equipped, the yield of 2.2 D-4D 150 offers from 0-100 km / h in 10.8 seconds and a top speed of 185 km / h.

When combined with 4-wheel drive, the device returns CO2 emissions in its class leaders, both manual and automatic transmission.

Six-speed automatic

The 2.2 D-4D 150's six-speed automatic allows a rapid and flexible, while maintaining an impressive level of comfort by eliminating harsh shift shocks. A 'Sport' mode provides a more aggressive move with AI Shift Control (Artificial Intelligence Shift Control).

The new transmission also features a new 6-speed Sport Direct Shift manual control of gear selection in the M-mode shifter or steering paddle shift wheelmounted. M-mode provides a sportier driving experience, with a lock-up function used by the second 6-gears for the gear as many as possible.

6-speed Sport Direct Shift automatic accelerator also includes 'blipping' function to maximize the speed and fluidity of downchanges. As Multidrive S transmission, the driver can also use the oars to temporarily replace the automatic mode.

2.2-liter D-4D 180 diesel engine

It is also equipped with the technology of Toyota D-CAT and mated to a six-speed manual transmission with 4WD Integrated Active Drive System, the powerful 2.2 D-4D 180 unit develops 177 DIN hp/130 kW at 3,600 rpm and a pair of 400 Nm between 2000 and 2800 rpm. The engine delivers performance of 0-100 km / h in 9.3 seconds and a top speed of 200 km / h.

Integrated Active Drive

The Toyota RAV4 is available with 2WD or FWD Toyota was up 4 wheel drive Integrated Active Drive System (IADS). IADS is a sophisticated high-speed interactive management by sensors on the Toyota RAV4 vehicleintegrates Active Torque Control 4WD vehicle stability (VSC) and Electric Power Steering system (EPS) to improve the performance of the Toyota RAV4, the management and security.

Highlights of the import trade, Active Torque Control 4WD system continuously monitors and controls the transfer torque front and rear wheels via electromagnetic clutch, control located in front of the rear differential optimizes traction and vehicle stability in all driving conditions.

Front to rear torque distribution varies from 100:0 to 55:45, with front wheel drive (100:0) automatically, in normal driving conditions to improve fuel consumption. The system includes a lock button 4 wheel drive which allows the driver to lock the torque split in a 55:45 ratio for maximum traction off-road.

IAD coordinates the operation of the Active Torque Control 4WD, VSC and EPS Toyota RAV4 not only to check the speed of each wheel (as in a conventional VSC), but also to adjust the transmission torque between the front and rear add steering assistance torque to help the driver control a skid.