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All-New 2013 Toyota RAV4 Makes World Debut At Los Angeles International Auto Show

 All-New 2013 Toyota RAV4 Makes World Debut At Los Angeles International Auto
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- All-New Bold, Athletic Design

- Six-speed automatic with Sequential Shift and Sport and Eco Modes

- Class-leading cargo capacity; class-leading eight standard airbags

- Available All-wheel drive with Dynamic Torque Control

- Available Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Cross Traffic Alert

PR Newswire

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 28, 2012

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --The all-new 2013 RAV4 crossover SUV
made its world debut today at the 2012 Los Angeles International Auto Show.
Toyota's fourth-generation RAV4, the world's original crossover sport utility
vehicle, arrives early next year.

With a fuel-efficient four-cylinder engine, new six-speed transmission,
two-row seating for five, and a host of available in-cabin technologies, RAV4
offers a nuanced balance of performance and all-around capability, including
class-leading cargo capacity, striking design, class-leading eight standard
airbags, and a compelling array of standard features. RAV4 will be available
in three well-equipped grades: LE, XLE, and Limited.

Performance, Handling, and Efficiency

For 2013, RAV4 will provide a number of powertrain technologies that help
deliver an engaging driving experience. It will feature Toyota's 2.5-liter
four-cylinder, which will produce 176 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 172 ft. lbs.
of torque at 4,100 rpm. The optional V6 of the previous-generation RAV4 will
be discontinued.

Replacing the previous four-speed automatic will be a six-speed transmission
with Sequential Shift. First and second gear ratios will be optimized for
around-town performance. To keep engine revs lower at highway speeds and
enhance fuel mileage, fifth and sixth gears will be overdrives.

RAV4 front-wheel-drive models have received EPA- estimated fuel efficiency
ratings of 24 mpg city/31 highway, while all-wheel-drive models are
EPA-estimated at 22 mpg city/29 mpg highway. A new Eco mode is designed to
promote more efficient driving thus helping to enhance fuel efficiency.

The new RAV4 will provide its active owners a more dynamic drive, with new
technologies like a Sport Mode with Dynamic Torque Control AWD, enhancements
in suspension performance, and optimized electric power steering. The spring
rates and the shock absorbershave been optimally tuned to help the vehicles
handling characteristics.

RAV4 has a MacPherson strut front suspension, double-wishbone rear suspension
and four-wheel disc brakes. The LE will ride on 17-inch steel wheels, XLE
will feature 17-inch alloys, and Limited will be equipped with 18-inch alloys.

In both front- and all-wheel drive RAV4's, Sport Mode sharpens shift timing,
throttle response, and steering response.When down shifting the RAV4
six-speed automatic transmission in "S" Mode, engine revs rise with a clearly
audible "blip," adding to the driving experience.

In RAV4 with AWD, Dynamic Torque Control AWD has additional benefits. When
turning into and through a corner, power is sent to the rear wheels to help
enhance cornering performance, detecting steering angle and lack of yaw rate
in Sport Mode (detecting lack of yaw rate in Normal Mode and Eco Mode).

A Toyota first, 2013 RAV4's with All-Wheel Drive (AWD) will have Dynamic
Torque Control, a system that automatically shifts from front-wheel drive
(FWD) to AWD when accelerating or when sensors detect wheel slippage.

Dynamic Torque Control has three different drive modes: Auto, Lock and Sport.
In Auto Mode, RAV4 delivers power primarily to the front wheels under most
driving conditions, switching automatically to AWD only when needed. By only
engaging the rear axle and delivering power to the rear wheels when needed,
Auto Mode helps enhance fuel efficiency and reduce drivetrain wear.

In Lock Mode at lower speeds, RAV4 essentially has a full-time AWD system with
power delivered to all four wheels. At speeds below approximately 25 mph in
Lock Mode, up to 50 percent of engine power is sent to the rear wheels,
enhancing traction and helping RAV4 "dig" through sandy or muddy conditions.
Lock Mode reverts to Auto Mode when vehicle speed passes approximately 25 mph.

As on the front-drive RAV4's, Sport Mode sharpens shift timing, throttle
response, and steering response. In RAV4 with AWD, Sport Mode has additional
benefits. It can provide smooth and nearly instantaneous torque transfers
between the front and rear wheels to help enhance cornering performance.
Under certain conditions, Sport Mode can automatically deliver up to 50
percent of engine power to the rear wheels.

In Sport Mode, the AWD system also can apportion power based on input from the
steering angle and yaw rate sensors of the Vehicle Stability Control system.
When turning into and through a corner, power is sent to the rear wheels to
maximize traction available at each of the four corners of the vehicle. Under
braking in a straight line in Sport Mode, power delivery to the rear wheels
can be momentarily suspended to best leverage the benefits of ABS and VSC.

Exterior Design & Body Structure

The new RAV4's design achieves strong proportions while conveying the agile
and fun character. Sophisticated and dynamic, the exterior features a
progressive silhouette, with a sleek-sloping roofline and an aggressive
character line. The new RAV4's interior has a premium, sophisticated look
with soft-touch accents and driver-centric controls. 

RAV4 pursues the design goals defined by Toyota President Akio Toyoda, with
aggressively sculpted front and rear fenders and boldly proportioned
taillights that define RAV4's athletic presence.

In a significant break with its heritage, RAV4 will switch from its
side-hinged rear door to a convenient roof-hinged liftgate with a space-saver
spare tire will be stored under the cargo floor. Standard on the Limited
grade will be a one-touch power rear liftgate with driver-selectable memory
height settings.

As on other recently introduced Toyotas, RAV4 engineers paid special attention
to aerodynamics, the most obvious detail being small vortex generators molded
into the taillight cases and near the base of the A-pillars. Less obvious are
the aerodynamic undertrays beneath the passenger cabin that help smooth and
control airflow.

Following body-engineering principles debuted in the 2012 Camry and 2013
Avalon, RAV4's body structure will include high-strength steel to help achieve
several significant goals, including a robust and stiff platform that enhances
steering and handling precision, and a body structure that is both strong and
light. RAV4 engineers used several grades of high-strength steel to form key
structural components in the roof, rocker sills, floor, engine compartment and
door frames. The weight savings were in part invested in sound deadening
materials and an acoustic windshield, helping to create a quiet passenger
cabin.

Interior Design & Packaging

The new RAV4's dash panel is driver-centric and asymmetrical, with primary and
secondary controls all within easy reach. On the passenger side, the sculpted
dash panel creates a sense of airy spaciousness.

RAV4's dash panel and gauges all feature Clear Blue illumination, which
provides crisp visibility in most ambient light conditions, and a unified,
coherent appearance at night.

RAV4 will come standard with a manual tilt/telescope steering column, with the
LE and XLE featuring a urethane steering wheel. The Limited grade will have a
leather-wrapped steering wheel. All RAV4 steering wheels will have controls
for audio, Bluetooth® hands-free phone and audio, and the Multi-Information
Display (MID).

All RAV4's will have driver and front passenger seats with high seatbacks and
a slim back, enhancing rear-passenger knee room. The RAV4 LE driver's seat is
six-way adjustable, including seat height.

The RAV4 XLE driver and front passenger will ride in premium bucket seats with
sport bolstering, providing ample support of the lower hips, lower torso and
shoulders during cornering. The XLE will have premium fabric with French
stitching on the seats and portions of the dash panels.

The Limited will have the same premium driver and front-passenger bucket seats
found in the XLE but will also come equipped with an eight-way power
adjustable driver's seat with memory, plus heaters in the front seat bottoms
and seatbacks with two temperature settings and driver power lumbar. All RAV4
Limited seats are trimmed in high-quality, breathable SofTex with French
stitching. SofTex also covers the center armrest, and portions of the door
and dash panels. 

All RAV4's will feature 60/40 split/fold second-row seats that recline several
degrees to enhance passenger comfort.

In contrast to 2013 RAV4's compact exterior dimensions, the cargo area is
deeper, larger and easier to access than in the previous generation, with just
over 38.4 cu. ft. of cargo capacity behind the rear seats. With rear seats
folded, RAV4 class-leading maximum cargo capacity of 73.3 cu. ft.

Privacy glass, Daytime Running Lights (DRL), cruise control, power side
mirrors, power door locks and power windows are standard on all RAV4s. RAV4
XLE and Limited feature dual-zone automatic climate control, integrated fog
lights, power moonroof with sliding sunshade, and heated outside mirrors with
turn signal indicators.

In-Cabin Technology, Audio

Standard on all RAV4 models is a Display Audio with a 6.1-inch LCD
touchscreen. Significant for this market, RAV4's Display Audio includes a
standard backup camera and Bluetoothconnectivity. When shifted into reverse,
the audio display will show the image of what the backup camera captures. The
image will include an overlay of positioning lines representing the parking
space and approximate distance to obstacles.

XLE and Limited will offer an available GPS Navigation and Entune™ multimedia
system with satellite radio and advanced voice recognition. The Limited grade
will also offer an available JBL^® GreenEdge™ Premium Audio with 576-Watts of
maximum power, 11 speakers, and GPS Navigation and Entune.

The Limited grade will offer an available Blind Spot Monitor system (BSM). It
can be turned off with a dashboard switch. When the system detects a vehicle
in the adjacent lane, it alerts the driver with a blinking light indicator in
the side mirrors. If the turn signal is on when there is a vehicle in the
blind spot of the driver's intended lane, the indicator on the corresponding
mirror will warn the driver with a solid light. 

The available Blind Spot Monitor incorporates Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA),
which uses the Blind Spot Monitor radar sensors at the lower rear bodywork of
the vehicle. When backing up, the RCTA senses vehicles approaching from
either direction and provides an audible warning combined with a flashing
indicator in the appropriate outside mirror.

Safety

All 2013 RAV4s will have a class-leading eight standard airbags. Like every
Toyota, RAV4 will feature the Star Safety System, which includes Traction
Control, Electronic Brake-force Distribution, Enhanced Vehicle Stability
Control, Brake Assist, an Anti-lock Braking System, and Smart Stop Technology.


Web site: http://www.toyota.com

2013 RAV4 PRELIMINARY SPECIFICATIONS
POWERTRAIN
2.5-liter four-cylinder engine
Horsepower: 176 @ 6,000 RPM
Torque: 172 lb.-ft. @ 4,100 RPM
Transmission: Six-speed ECT-i
Drive System: Front- and All-Wheel-Drive
EXTERIOR DIMENSIONS (inches)
Overall Length:     179.9
Overall Width:      72.6
Overall Height:    65.4
Wheelbase:     104.7
Ground clearance:      6.3
Wheels:   17-inch steel wheels (LE) 
                               17-inch alloy wheels (XLE)
                               18-inch alloy wheels (Limited)
Tire Size: 17-inch: 225/65R17 (LE and XLE)
                               18-inch: 235/55R18 (Limited)
Towing Capacity:        1,500 lbs.
INTERIOR DIMENSIONS (inches)
Head Room:      39.8 (Front)
                               38.9 (Rear)
Leg Room:     42.6 (Front)
                               37.2 (Rear)
Shoulder Room:        57.3 (Front)
                               55.4 (Rear)
Hip Room:    54.3 (Front)
                               48.9 (Rear)
Cargo Volume:       73.3 (Behind first row)
                               38.4 (Behind second row)
Seating Capacity:       5



SOURCE Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.

Website: http://www.toyota.com
Contact: Toyota Product Communications, Greg Thome, +1-310-561-2875,
greg_thome@toyota.com, Sam Butto, +1-310-468-7728, sam_butto@toyota.com, Media
site, http://www.toyotanewsroom.com
 
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