Next gen 2013 Toyota RAV4 speculatively rendered

The completely redesigned fourth generation Toyota RAV4 is due to be revealed later this year and speculation is starting to mount as these speculative renders have emerged from Italian magazine Quattroroute.

Rumours currently state the 2013 RAV4 will drop the V6 engine option in favor of a four-cylinder, most likely the same 2.5-liter currently in use, due to increased pressure from regulators to improve fuel efficiency. It remains to be seen if a RAV4 Hybrid will be offfered as Toyota prefers to promote their new RAV4 electric vehicle which is just hitting the market now in California. Another rumor is that the 2013 RAV4 could also lose its third-row of seats as it is not offered by segment leaders Ford Escape and Honda CR-V.

In Quattroroute's renderings the RAV4 shows a dramatic departure from its current design. Looking a bit more sleek and chiseled, the design appears to extract cues from the Lexus design playbook. Particular elements worth noting are the headlamps which appear similar to those found in the Lexus CT200h as well as the hourglass shaped upper and lower grille sections.

Production is slated to begin this fall as a market launch in the US is expected for early 2013.

Thanks to Schalk for the tip!

Published Jul 9th, 2012 7:42pm By Brian Potter

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Cayman_ Cayman_
in my opinion, the new model is a good makeover over the previous RAV4. Its stands out, being the only one to offer a V6 and third row option without having to go up to a bigger SUV/crossover in this segment compared to the CRV, Tucson, Escape, Rogue. the new model looks better outside and for the first time, the inside looks good. toyota is good at making fuel efficient vehicles, so im sure either a 2.5 I-4 or a 3.5L V6 wont make a huge difference.
Nov 20th, 2012 11:24am
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techie69 techie69
Toyota won't let Rav4, the first compact x-over SUV,from loosing its footing in the most extremely competitive market segment!
Jul 10th, 2012 9:06am
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techie69 techie69
This rendering is not even close to what the new model will look like, the best rendering work was done by TruckTrend and posted at its sister publication(Motortrend): http://wot.motortrend.com/rav-i-4-only-redesigned-2013-toyota-rav4-may-drop-v-6-engine-option-third-row-191657.html
Jul 10th, 2012 6:14am
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I am waiting to see how the Lexus model will look like? That model should have a V6 and All-Wheel-Drive... What you think?
Jul 10th, 2012 3:56am
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What a difference whit the current model. I once was in the us last year and alomost every RAV4 I saw had a v6 and looked longer than the european version. So this 2.5L4 better have comparable power to the V6.
Jul 9th, 2012 7:59pm
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BlairsVariety BlairsVariety
The 2.5L I4 has been out for a while on the updated Camry. Only modest increase in power but huge gains in NVH. It is very smooth. And besides, how many N/A I4s do you see with similar power to a V6? Their V6 makes 286HP on regular gas. They aren't going to make a high revving screaming I4 for a Rav4 and try to squeeze out 268HP. VW makes crappy horsepower numbers with the 2.5 5-cylinder.. nobody says anything about that, but people like to $hit on these Japanese sedans for some weird reason.
Jul 9th, 2012 9:19pm
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