The current RAV4 had been released back in 2012, and it received a major update in the last part of 2015 which made most people think that it will not change for a long time. However, not too long ago they announced that the 2017 Toyota RAV4 is in the works, and this will be a more comprehensive update when it comes to the interior and most of its powertrain options.
This new update should allow the RAV4 to compete with the Cherokee or even the new Tucson on the same level without having to suffer from that massive lack of power that plagues the current and past generations of the car. While we do not have all official data, we will present what is known so far and as the release date approaches, we are going to update this article for more details.
2017 Toyota RAV4 Price
The platform will remain the same, and it will not change to Toyota’s newest modular architecture mostly because an all-new RAV4 is expected to be released sometime in 2019. The 2017 model will likely showcase their new engines as well as a more engaging running gear, but Toyota will have to sort somehow out the way the car drives and feels without losing the comfort of their passengers. This version should be out by the end of the year while the market launch is expected in the first quarter of 2017. In terms of price, the car will likely still start at $25,000 while a fully equipped model will get close to $40,000 which is pretty much the upper limit of its class.
Design wise, the 2017 Toyota RAV4 is actually expected to be nearly identical to the ongoing model. New front end with the redesigned grille and bumper will be carried over, but the headlights might be updated, for the top-end models, with fully LED-lit units. In the back, the tail lights should also receive a small update and LED tech, but this is pretty much everything we expect from it.
Inside the cabin, on the other hand, the new model is expected to make better use of the interior space, as well as it should provide a more comfortable experience than before. The car will continue to offer just five seats but thanks to more storage space and the increased headroom and legroom, it should feel a lot nicer inside the cabin for all passengers. Design wise not much will change, but the dashboard might receive new air vents as well as an improved navigation unit. The top end model is also expected to be offered with a new set of seats with more adjusting options as well as better side support than before.
Engine wise, the car’s current 2.5-liter naturally aspirated inline-four unit is expected to be discontinued altogether, and while it may offer good fuel consumption and decent performance, it can’t really match the smaller turbocharged engines on its competitors. In its place, we expect an all-new 1.5-liter turbocharged inline three petrol engine that has been co-developed with BMW. This one will easily be able to push out up to 180 horsepower and over 200 lb-ft of torque which is a considerable improvement over the older model. On top of that, fuel economy should be improved while the performances should be at the similar level if not even better.
Also, some rumors suggest that the 2017 Toyota RAV4 will receive a sportier version which may be dubbed the “TRD.” It would get a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four petrol engine which is also expected to debut on some of the companies future models. This will easily hit more than 250 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque, and it should improve the experience quite a bit. The downside will be that it will use quite a bit more fuel, and the chances are that it will not be available with a CVT gearbox. However, the smaller units in the lineup will most likely come with an improved CVT as well as front or all-wheel drive with the added benefit of using quite a bit less fuel than even the current 2.5-liter engine.
Don’t think that we forgot to mention Hybrid model; we have decided to deliver completely new article about this version at a later date.