The new Toyota RAV4 has launched in South Africa, with the five-strong local line-up priced from R416 400 through to R577 900.

As we reported late in 2018, no diesel powertrains (the outgoing range included a 2,2-litre oil-burner) will be offered. Instead, the engine line-up will comprise a 2,0-litre four-cylinder unit (with new outputs of 127 kW and 203 N.m) and a 2,5-litre powerplant (now churning out 152 kW and 243 N.m) – both naturally aspirated petrol motors.

In base GX trim, the smaller mill will be available in six-speed manual guise or mated with a continuously variable transmission (both front-wheel drive), while in flagship VX specification only a CVT will be offered. In addition, the 2,0-litre will come in all-wheel-drive flavour, specified in mid-range GX-R trim (which includes an enlarged front grille, skid plates and wheelarches) with a CVT.

Interestingly, the sole 2,5-litre derivative (also in range-topping VX form) will employ a conventional eight-speed torque-converter automatic transmission, sending drive to all four wheels. This mechanical all-wheel-drive arrangement features Toyota's first dynamic torque vectoring system.

All models boast as many as seven airbags as well as LED headlamps, trailer sway control, cruise control and a reversing camera.

Nine exterior colours will be offered for the GX and VX trim levels, while the GX-R derivative will be available in four standard hues and one optional colour. GX variants will furthermore feature black fabric upholstery and 17-inch alloys, while GX-R and VX models will ship standard with leather and larger wheels (18-inch items in the case of the former and 19-inch alloys for the latter).

GX and GX-R derivatives will boast full-size spare wheels and a claimed 492-litre luggage capacity, while the VX’s temporary spare sees boot space climb to a claimed 572 litres.

Pricing:
Toyota RAV4 2,0 GX: R416 400
Toyota RAV4 2,0 GX CVT: R427 600
Toyota RAV4 2,0 VX CVT: R505 400
Toyota RAV4 2,0 GX-R CVT AWD: R508 100
Toyota RAV4 2,5 VX AT AWD: R577 900