The Toyota RAV4 gets updated, it receives new screens and additional driving aids

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Updating is in the air at Toyota. The 2023 version of the Toyota RAV4 inherits new equipment in the areas of connectivity and safety. The hybrid and plug-in hybrid SUV also receives a new body color called Blanc Lunar Nacré, or even a two-tone paint that combines this color with the Black Attitude color.

In addition to these new aesthetic configurations, the Toyota RAV4 now offers a new 10.5-inch screen floating in the center of its center console. This panel displays the latest version of the Toyota Smart Connect infotainment system, and is compatible with wireless Apple CarPlay. Android Auto is also available, but with a wired connection.

Counters become digital

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On board the updated RAV4, the Toyota Smart Connect system additionally offers the possibility of using a voice assistant. Using their voice, car occupants can adjust the air conditioning, make phone calls, open or close the windows, and even control the multimedia system with it. Just say the words “Hey Toyota” to activate its listening, according to the statements of the manufacturer.

The Toyota RAV4 also adopts a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster. Available as standard on the SUV, this screen offers several different displays so that the driver can choose the information he needs to keep in view.

A safer RAV4 with new driving aids

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The driving aids of the Toyota RAV4 are not left out. The Japanese manufacturer thus adds the Toyota Safety Sense system, which includes a pre-collision safety system enriched with “intersection assistance”. “It detects if the car is about to cross the path of an oncoming vehicle or if there are pedestrians crossing the road”, specifies the brand. If an obstacle arises, the car is able to initiate braking on its own.

In the register of aids, we should also note the addition of an emergency avoidance maneuver system, or even a bicycle and parked vehicle detector on the RAV4 plug-in hybrid. This version is on the other hand able to “detect oncoming vehicles in the driving lane of the car”. The goal ? Reduce the risk of frontal collision.

Still offered in hybrid and plug-in hybrid

As a reminder, the Toyota RAV4 is offered with a hybrid engine of 218 horsepower or 222 horsepower in intelligent electric all-wheel drive AWD-i. The 2.5 plug-in hybrid model develops 306 horsepower and has an 18.1 kW battery which gives it a range of more than 75 kilometers in electric mode, according to manufacturer data.

The versions of the Toyota RAV4 equipped with these new equipment must be produced from the third quarter of the year 2022. Their price is not communicated at the time of writing these lines, but it will certainly be higher than 44,000€ claimed to afford the previous iteration of the RAV4.

In short

It’s time for the update, for the Toyota RAV4! The SUV of the Japanese firm sees its interior evolve with the integration of a new central touch screen and a combined digital instrumentation instead of counters. The RAV4 version 2023 also receives more advanced driving aids.

Quentin Gueroult