Fourth-gen Toyota RAV4 hits Chinese showrooms

The joint venture of FAW and Toyota announced release of the 2014 RAV4 at a ceremony held in Zhuhai, Guangdong, on Monday evening. The China-built crossover comes in 7 versions, powered by a petrol 2.0L (6ZR-FE) or 2.5L (5AR-FE) engine. List prices range from 183,800–272,800 Yuan (US$30,024–44,562).

toyota rav4 released in china

For the re-designed model, FAW-Toyota has moved the RAV4 production from Tianjin to Changchun, Jilin, where the 6ZR-FE 2.0L engine recently started to roll off the line. The other motor option, the 5AR-FE 2.5 liter, comes from GAC-Toyota’s Nansha factory in Guangzhou.

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rav4 toyota side view

The renewed RAV4 retains the 2660mm wheelbase of the previous generation, while becoming slightly shorter, at 4570mm, as the spare tire, which used to hang on the rear door, is now hidden underneath.

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A most welcome upgrade in running gear concerns transmission. The outdated 4AT is replaced by a CVT on the 2.0L and 6AT on 2.5L versions, to the benefit of not only handling but fuel economy. Models on all except the entry trim level get "Dynamic Torque Control" AWD featuring Auto, Lock, and Sport modes.

In the first seven months of this year, FAW-Toyota RAV4 claimed only 54,899 sales, about half of those by either of its two main rivals: Dongfeng-Honda CR-V and Shanghai-VW Tiguan.

2014 Toyota RAV4 Made by FAW-Toyota 2.0L City MT 2.0L City AT 2.0L Fashion AT 4WD 2.0L AT 4WD Xinrui 2.5L AT 4WD Elite 2.5L AT 4WD Luxury 2.5L AT 4WD Premium
MSRP (Chinese Yuan) 183,800 193,800 217,800 229,800 239,800 252,800 272,800
Date of Market Launch
August 26, 2013
Powertrain
Engine
6ZR-FE 2.0L L4 16V DOHC DVVT-i
5AR-FE 2.5L L4 16V DOHC DVVT-i
Compression Ratio
10
10.4
Peak Power (kW/rpm)
108/6200
132/6000
Max. Torque (Nm/rpm)
187/3200-4400
234/4100
Transmission
6MT
CVT
6AT
Suspension Front
MacPherson struts
Suspension Rear
Double wishbone
Drivetrain
Front engine, front-wheel drive
Front engine, real-time four-wheel drive (Dynamic Torque Control AWD featuring Auto, Lock, and Sport modes)
Brakes (front/rear)
Vented disc/disc
Top Speed (km/h)
185
180
Steering
Electric power assisted
Fuel & Emissions
Combined Fuel Economy (L/100km)
7.6
7.3
8
8
8.7
8.7
8.7
Tank Capacity (L)
60
Emission Level
China/Euro IV (V in Beijing)
Dimensions
Length (mm)
4570
Width (mm)
1845
Height (mm)
1670
1715
Track (front/rear, mm)
1570/1560
Ground Clearance (mm)
193
173
Curb Weight (kg)
1480
1580
1590
1590
1615
1630
1640
Seating Capacity
5
Wheelbase (mm)
2660
  2.0L MT City 2.0L AT City 2.0L AT Fashion 4WD 2.0L AT 4WD Xinrui 2.5L AT 4WD Elite 2.5L AT 4WD Luxury 2.5L AT 4WD Premium
Exterior  
Tires
225/65 R17
235/55 R18
Alloy Wheels S S S S S S S
Auto-leveling Xenon Headlights with Washers N N N N S S S
LED Daytime Running Lights N N N N S S S
Heat- and UV-proof Windows S S S S S S S
Second Row Privacy Windows N N S S S S S
Front and Rear Fog Lamps
S S S S S S S
Automatic Headlights N N S S S S S
Heated Exterior Mirrors N N N S N S S
Power Exterior Mirrors S S S S S S S
Power Folding Exterior Mirrors N N N S N S S
Rear Window Wiper S S S S S S S
Rear Spoiler S S S S S S S
Roof Racks N N N N N S S
Interior  
Engine Touch Start/Stop N N N S S S S
Cruise Control N N N S S S S
Sport, Eco Drive Mode N S S S S S S
One-touch Power Windows S S S S S S S
Power Door Locks S S S S S S S
Auto Anti-glare Interior Rearview Mirror N N N N S S S
Steering Wheel Multi-controls S S S S S S S
Leather Seats and Steering Wheel N N N S S S S
Driver’s Power Seat N N N S S S S
Heated Front Seats, Driver’s Power Lumbar Support N N N N N N S
Number of Speakers 4 4 6 6 6 6 6
Radio/AUX-in/CD Player/MP3 /USB, Color Screen S S S S S S S
Bluetooth Connectivity N N S S S S S
GPS N N N N N N S
Power Sunroof N N S S S S S
Manual A.C. S S N N N N N
Auto A.C. N N S S S S S
Ionizer N N N S N S S
Safety  
Dual Front Airbags S S S S S S S
Dual Front Side Airbags S S S S S S S
Side Curtain Airbags S S S S S S S
Dual Front Knee Airbags, Co-driver’s Seat Airbag N N N S S S S
Number of Airbags 6 6 6 9 9 9 9
TPMS N N S S S S S
ABS, EBD S S S S S S S
VSC, TRC N N N S S S S
DAC, HAC N N N N N N S
Remote Key S S S S S S S
Parking Sensors N S S S S S S
Four Parking Camera N N S S S S S
Parking Guidelines, BSM, LDA N N N N N N S