The fifth-generation Toyota RAV4 has made its first ASEAN debut at the 2019 Singapore Motor Show, just over nine months since it was revealed at last year’s New York International Auto Show. Available for purchase now, the RAV4 is offered in a sole variant by Borneo Motors, priced at SGD119,988 with COE.
Motivation is provided by a 2.0 litre four-cylinder Dynamic Force engine, which makes 170 hp at 6,600 rpm and 203 Nm of torque at 4,400 rpm. The mill, which features VVT-iE (intake) and VVT-i (exhaust), send drive to the front wheels via Toyota’s latest Direct Shift-CVT.
Compared to its predecessor, the new RAV4’s styling is a lot more aggressive, with many flat and angular surfaces on its body. With influence from the FT-AC concept, there’s a Tacoma-esque grille, plastic cladding on the wheel arches, a “floating roof,” and slender LED combination taillights.
Exterior equipment that comes as standard here include 18-inch wheels, automatic projector LED headlamps with daytime running lights, front fog lamps and a powered tailgate with keyless operation and memory functions.
Moving inside, the revamped interior’s focal point is the freestanding head unit that strangely isn’t a touchscreen for its size. All other aspects of the dashboard have also been revamped for a more contemporary look that reflects its exterior design.
Other revisions are the horizontal air vents, which are joined by new switchgear for the dual-zone climate control system (with rear vents), new steering wheel design, new gear lever, electronic parking brake and a seven-inch multi-info display in the instrument cluster.
As for the safety kit, the Singapore-spec RAV4 gets the Toyota Safety Sense Package, with Pre-Collision System (PCS), Automatic High-Beam (AHB), Lane Departure Alert (LDA) and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC) all present, along with seven airbags, VSC, ABS, Brake Assist and Hill Start Assist Control (HAC).
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