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TORRANCE, Calif., Sept. 12 -- 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 Motor Show.

"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 without children."

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.

The 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 interior seats.

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

ENGINE
3.5-liter V6 with dual VVT-i
Horsepower: 268
Torque: 246 lbs.-ft. @ 4,000 RPM

2.4-liter four-cylinder with VVT-i
Horsepower: 166
Torque: 165 lbs.-ft @4,000 RPM

SUSPENSION
FRONT: Macpherson strut suspension with stabilizer bar and hydraulic
shock absorbers

REAR: Double-wishbone coil-spring rear suspension with stabilizer bar
and hydraulic shock absorbers

MAXIMUM TOWING CAPACITY
V6 (with tow prep package): 3,500 lbs.
Four-cylinder: 1,500 lbs.

EXTERIOR DIMENSIONS (inches)
Wheelbase: 105.0"
Overall Length: 181"
Overall Width (without/with overfenders): 71.5"/73"
Overall Height (without/with roof rack: 66.1"/68"
 

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Notice the Toyota 2.4L VVT-i puts out 166 hp/165 lb-ft versus Chevy 2.4L VVT with 172 hp/162 lb-ft... I'd say Chevy/GM is pretty competitive! :cool:
 

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Notice the Toyota 2.4L VVT-i puts out 166 hp/165 lb-ft versus Chevy 2.4L VVT with 172 hp/162 lb-ft... I'd say Chevy/GM is pretty competitive! :cool:
The Chevy takes premium, I don't know about the Toyota. The non-premium 2.4 makes about 165hp, just like the Toyota.

GM really needs to get the 3.4 out of its crossovers.
 

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Who was it that started the RAV4 vs Torrent thread that said the forthcoming RAV4 would have over 300hp? Right.

Still impressive, though.

And AdmiralViscen is right about the horsepower difference.
 

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In order to counter the 3.5, it would be nice if Chevy would speed up the introduction of the 3.9 Nox...like maybe NOW! :yup:
 

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I wonder what the 0-60 time will be. I heard that 3.5L is quick, but will it still have that power in a heavier vehicle?
 

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Holy Crap! A 268 hp Rav4? What the hell is happening to the world? All the women in their 40s and 50s that I see driving Rav4s now are going to have their hands full.
 

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giagastormer said:
I thought it was suppose to have like 300 horsepower?
maybe that 300hp was pre-SAE hp? ;) Still, 268hp sounds crazy in a relatively small suv (unless the 3rd gen RAV4 gobbled a bit too much McDonalds supersized meals). Isn't the the Subaru Forester (slightly larger & heavier than the 2nd gen RAV4) with the "210" pre-SAE hp the second fastest (0-60mph) production suv after the porsche cayenne turbo?
 

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I wonder what the 0-60 time will be. I heard that 3.5L is quick, but will it still have that power in a heavier vehicle?
The Avalon is already heavier than most compact SUVs (400 lbs more than the current RAV4) and pulls off a 0-60 of 6.6 seconds (by Toyota's stopwatch) or 6 flat (by Car and Driver's).

It looks as though the Vue 3.5-liter may very well be unseated as the quickest small SUV, weren't its 0-60s also in the high 6s?

Edit: forgot about the Forester XT. I suppose I can asterisk that to the quickest automatic small SUV (maybe) or at least the quickest n/a small SUV.
 

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Lotta power coming from Toyota these days. I still do not not see how a third row will fit the the new RAV4 if it is say, the size of an Escape. My brain just simply cannot compute a compact SUV having 3 rows of seats?!??!?!????

(o_O)
 

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Lotta power coming from Toyota these days. I still do not not see how a third row will fit the the new RAV4 if it is say, the size of an Escape. My brain just simply cannot compute a compact SUV having 3 rows of seats?!??!?!????

(o_O)
The XL-7 doesn't seem that large, yet it has three rows.
 

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the new RAV4 will basically take the place of the current Highlander, I guess because the RAV seems to have a better image and sales than the Highlander.
 

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The XL-7 doesn't seem that large, yet it has three rows.
Yes, but the XL-7 seems larger than the new RAV4, right? I don't know, maybe it is like one of those vehicles that appears to be smaller only in photos and larger in person. But, if it is in the compact class that would mean it couldn't be bigger than an Equinox, and I couldn't see the Nox having a third row, unless it were to be used as cruel punishment...

Also, just so I can be sure, isn't the XL-7 an midesize SUV?
 

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I said it a year ago (probably two). Toyota is focusing more with performance. Their newer products will have better engine power. The features and performance the next Rav offers shall certainly put it on top.

Again, class leading. Optitron gauges, Dual zone auto climate control, Navigation, 268 HP V6 engine, third row seating. The Equinox/Torrent look less appealing now.
 

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Well, right now based on features alone, I say the Rav has them beat.
 
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