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2009 Toyota Rav4 with Optimal Drive

21 May 2009

2009 Toyota Rav4 with Optimal Drive

 

Fifteen years ago the original RAV4 created a new market segment for compact, fun-to-drive SUVs. Now it is ready to raise the bar higher with improved performance, lower emissions and even better fuel economy. Thanks to new and revised powertrains with Toyota Optimal Drive technology, the 2009 RAV4 becomes an even stronger proposition for owners looking for quality, driving pleasure and keen cost-of-ownership performance.

TOYOTA OPTIMAL DRIVE 2.2-litre D-4D 150 ENGINE
Matched to a six-speed manual gearbox, the 2.2-litre D-4D engine benefits from significant revisions to bring about a 10 per cent power upgrade to 148bhp (150 DIN hp), while at the same time recording segment-leading CO2 emissions of 154g/km, making RAV4 the first AWD model in its class to dip below the 160g/km mark. This figure is better even than the lowest figures for two-wheel drive diesel versions of the Volkswagen Tiguan and Ford Kuga.  Torque performance is also stronger with the maximum increased from 310 to 340Nm.

Fuel economy is also best-in-class with an official 48.7mpg in combined cycle driving – 10 per cent better than its closest competitor, the 2.0 TDi 4motion Volkswagen Tiguan, which musters 44.1mpg.

TOYOTA OPTIMAL DRIVE 2.2-litre D-CAT 150 ENGINE
For the first time RAV4 is offered with a diesel engine equipped with an automatic transmission. Toyota’s new 2.2-litre D-4D 150 D-CAT engine joins the range, offered exclusively with a new six-speed automatic transmission and in SR trim. Also featured in the new Avensis range, this engine produces 148bhp (150 DIN hp) and 340Nm of torque, generated between 2,000 and 2,800rpm.

It provides a strong balance of performance with economy and efficiency, giving 39.2mpg and 189g/km in combined cycle driving. Thanks to Toyota’s D-CAT clean diesel system with the DPNR four-way catalyst, the engine achieves exceptionally low combined NOx and particulates emissions.

TOYOTA OPTIMAL DRIVE 2.0-litre VALVEMATIC ENGINE
For 2009 RAV4 is offered with a new 2.0-litre Valvematic petrol engine, designed and engineered with Toyota Optimal Drive technology to achieve an exceptional combination of performance, fuel economy and low emissions.

In all respects it marks improvements over the 2.0 VVT-i unit previously featured in the range. As well as offering more power and torque, it emits significantly less CO2 and returns 20 per cent better fuel consumption in combined cycle driving.

In line with market demand, the engine will be offered in AWD versions exclusively with Multidrive S, Toyota’s new continuously variable transmission that was first introduced in new Avensis.

The reduction in CO2 emissions attracts a much lower VED road tax banding and, for company car drivers, a fall in Benefit-in-Kind tax rating from 31 to 24 per cent. Together with better fuel economy, these give RAV4 even lower ownership costs.

RETURN OF THE 2WD RAV4
In response to the growing market for 2WD SUVs, Toyota is reintroducing a front-wheel drive version of RAV4. Powered by the 2.0-litre Valvematic engine, matched to a new six-speed manual transmission, it will be available exclusively in XT-R trim.

Power and torque match performance in the AWD version, but emissions and fuel economy improve slightly, to 174g/km and 38.2mpg (combined) respectively.

PRICES, VED AND INSURANCE
GRADE
POWERTRAIN

OTR PRICE

VED BAND

XT-R Toyota Optimal Drive 2.0 Valvematic 6MT 2WD

£18,995

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XT-R Toyota Optimal Drive 2.0 Valvematic MDS AWD

£22,395

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XT-R Toyota Optimal Drive 2.2 D-4D 150 6MT AWD

£22,795

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SR Toyota Optimal Drive 2.2 D-CAT 150 6AT AWD

£25,295

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