2013 Toyota RAV4 Spy Photos & Future Cars & Car and Driver

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2013 Toyota RAV4 Spy

Toyota’s next-gen compact will face stiff


What It Is: An camouflaged prototype of the next-generation RAV4 compact crossover, the version of which debuted in The RAV4 was mildly refreshed for but it’s ripe for a redesign. spy photos show that the RAV4 is going to change a bit from its current form and closer to the crossover mainstream.

Why It Matters: The compact-crossover segment is a cow, and despite its age, the still is one of the more popular out there. When the RAV4 went on sale in the U.S. in it was a quirky little SUV powered by a four-cylinder engine. Each generation of the RAV4, however, has larger and heavier.

The contemporary can be had with a hairy-chested 3.5-liter V-6 puts out 269 hp, and a third row of seats is The next iteration of the crossover, will need to compete the new Ford Escape. the Mazda as well as the venerable Honda That means it will to retain a roomy cabin but the fuel economy buyers down $4-a-gallon gasoline

Platform: Based on these spy don’t be surprised if the new RAV4 on a modified version of the current platform. That’s because in to some drastic stylistic it looks like a size may be in store for the 2013 as well. most of the car in the photos is covered up, the roofline and fast windshield it clear that the new RAV4 abandon its off-road pretensions and its crossover roots.

The mule in the photos lacks a spare tirethe RAV4 is one of the small SUVs to retain a feature. (Certain “Sport” on sale today get spare-less but the tailgate mounting position is the RAV4’s default configuration.) the long, horizontal, Camry taillights on the prototype, we expect all of the production car will also go the old-school setup. Up front, Camry-inspired touches peek the camo, including the headlights, openings, and fog-light nacelles.

Powertrain: The changes to the RAV4’s should be much more than those made to the styling. Unlike many of its competitors, the latest Camry retained its optional six-cylinder instead of moving to a four-cylinder-only Therefore, we expect the RAV4 to its brawny six; the current engine, a 179-hp, 2.5-liter should carry over as

The current RAV4’s four-cylinder utilizes a four-speed automaticwhew, a lot of “fours”and it’s possible Toyota will drop in a to improve fuel economy. The upgrade could be in store for the which presently backs up to a auto.

Competition: Chevrolet Ford Escape, GMC Terrain, CR-V, Hyundai Santa Fe, Kia Mazda CX-5.

Estimated Arrival Time: The 2013 RAV4 likely appear at an auto show later this year. It go on sale as early as this

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