Featured SUVs - 2006 Toyota RAV4 SUV
All-New 2006 Toyota RAV4 SUV to Make Its
World Premiere at Frankfurt International Motor Show
PR Newswire, Sept 12, 2005
TORRANCE, Calif., Sept. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Toyota Motor Marketing
Europe (TMME), will unveil the all-new European-specification
third-generation 2006 RAV4 compact sport utility vehicle (SUV)
at a press conference tomorrow at the 2005 Frankfurt International
"We look forward to the arrival of the new RAV4 in the
U.S. later this year," said Jim Lentz, Toyota Division
group vice president and general manager, Toyota Motor Sales
(TMS), U.S.A., Inc. "Completely re-styled, the new RAV4
is larger and more powerful to provide the necessary utility
and performance for active singles and the comfort, versatility
and convenience to meet the demands of young couples with and
The next-generation RAV4 rides on an all-new platform that is
significantly longer and wider, inside and out, with a roomier
and more convenient passenger compartment than the previous
generation (the U.S. version will have a longer wheelbase than
the European version). With an increased length of more than
14-inches over the previous generation, a new seating design
features second row seating for three and optional third row
seating, a first in the small SUV segment. The seating allows
for numerous seat fold-down configurations, and under-floor
storage (on models without the third-row seat), providing cargo
space comparable to a mid-size SUV. Among the array of interior
features new to RAV4 are optitron gauges, cruise control with
lever-operated brake deceleration, dual zone automatic air conditioning,
audio mini-jack port, and a dual glove box.
RAV4 will offer an optional all-new class-leading 3.5-liter
V6 engine with dual variable valve timing with intelligence
(VVT-i) that will generate 268 horsepower, more than some V8-equipped
larger SUV's. The standard powertrain will be an upgraded 2.4-liter
four-cylinder engine with VVT-i. The engine will deliver 166
horsepower, making it one of the most powerful in the small
SUV segment. The increased power of the two powertrains is matched
with improved fuel efficiency.
Like all Toyota SUV's, RAV4 will be equipped with the Toyota
Star Safety System, which includes an enhanced version of Toyota's
Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Traction Control, Anti-lock
brakes with Electronic Brake Force Distribution, and Brake Assist.
RAV4 will also offer optional driver and front passenger seat-mounted
side, and front- and second-row roll-sensing side curtain airbags.
Ride and handling is significantly improved as the RAV4's new
platform includes a redesigned suspension, which is coupled
with a more responsive new electronic power steering system.
The new Sport grade will feature standard 18-inch alloys, helping
to provide enhanced performance handling. Additional Sport grade
features will include overfenders, privacy glass, roof rack,
and a unique interior seat fabric for a more aggressive appearance.
A new Limited grade offers increased interior refinement, which
includes dual zone air conditioning, power driver seat, an upgraded
audio system with a six-disc CD changer, and available leather-trimmed
An all-new exterior design features a modern-rugged theme. Its
contemporary look includes an aerodynamically sleek and sporty
shape with a wider stance and sharp character lines that convey
the power and muscularity traits commonly associated with SUV's.
The all-new RAV4 will be offered in three distinct grades; Base,
Sport, and Limited. Each grade will be available in two- and
four-wheel-drive (4WD) with a four-speed automatic transmission
on four-cylinder models and a five- speed automatic transmission
with V6-equipped models. The 4WD RAV4 features Toyota's newest
electronically controlled 4WD on-demand system with a manual
4WD Locking Switch.
The new RAV4 will launch in the U.S. in late December 2005.
2006 TOYOTA RAV4 PRELIMINARY SPECIFICATIONS
3.5-liter V6 with dual VVT-i
Torque: 246 lbs.-ft. @ 4,000 RPM
2.4-liter four-cylinder with VVT-i
Torque: 165 lbs.-ft @4,000 RPM
FRONT: Macpherson strut suspension with stabilizer bar and hydraulic
REAR: Double-wishbone coil-spring rear suspension with stabilizer
and hydraulic shock absorbers
MAXIMUM TOWING CAPACITY
V6 (with tow prep package): 3,500 lbs.
Four-cylinder: 1,500 lbs.
EXTERIOR DIMENSIONS (inches)
Overall Length: 181"
Overall Width (without/with overfenders): 71.5"/73"
Overall Height (without/with roof rack: 66.1"/68"
Public Web site: http://www.toyota.com/
CONTACT: John Hanson, +1-310-468-4718, or Julie Alfonso, +1-310-468-4625,
or Sam Butto, +1-310-468-7728, or Allison Takahashi, +1-310-468-5315,
or Bill Kwong, +1-310-468-3764, all of Toyota Product Communications
Web site: http://www.toyota.com/
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