Redesigned 2013 Toyota RAV4 May Eliminate Third-Row Seats, V-6 Options
By fall of this year, the 2013 Toyota RAV4 is expected to arrive in showrooms across the U.S., Motor Trend reports. The 2013 RAV4 will compete with the hot-selling Honda CR-V along with the Ford Escape and Chevrolet Equinox.
The renderings available at Motor Trend preview what we might see once the RAV4 finally debuts. The new crossover's styling could start with a stretched grille connecting refreshed headlights, new wheel options, and an interior with improved materials and the Entune connectivity system also seen in the outgoing 2012 RAV4 crossover.
The 2012 RAV4 currently has a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine producing 179 hp at 6000 rpm and 172 lb-ft of torque with a four-speed automatic transmission. Fuel economy is 22/28 mpg city/highway for a front-drive four-cylinder model and 21/27 mpg with all-wheel drive. Go for the existing V-6 model and fuel economy drops to 19/26-27 mpg. If Toyota decides to give the new RAV4 an improved and possibly lighter transmission, the 2013 RAV4 should have no problem reaching at least 30 mpg highway in EPA testing.
RAV4 sales in 2011 decreased 22.6 percent compared to sales in 2010, but that trend might reverse with the new RAV4,. While the future of the V-6 model is uncertain, a pure-electric version of the RAV4 is in the works.
Until official images of the 2013 Toyota RAV4 surface, take a look at the renderings at Motor Trend along with the 2012 RAV4 pictured below and let us know what you'd like to see from the 2013 RAV4.
Source: Motor Trend