Toyota has decided to broaden its RAV4 Sports Utility Vehicle line-up with a new off-road-inspired ‘Adventure’ and confirms that first deliveries are pencilled in for the first quarter of 2022.
Landing early next year, the RAV4 ‘Adventure’ sports many of the styling up-dates the rest of the SUV line-up will inherit, chiefly new LED projector headlights that incorporate an aggressive DRL signature.
Geared towards those drivers who enjoy “the great outdoors”, Toyota says the ‘Adventure’ “amplifies RAV4’s authentic SUV qualities” and “reinforces the model’s go anywhere spirit” with its chunky looks.
Toyota believes this newest addition can broaden the appeal of the Japanese car as it enjoys strong green laning capabilities thanks to four-wheel-drive without compromising performance or efficiency.
The ‘Adventure’ model is marked out by a two-bar black grille, mid-mounted fog lights that are set off by dark surrounds, and a grooved metal skid plate that runs almost the full width of the front bumper.
Extra road presence is created by widening the plastic clad wheel arches that house matt grey 19-inch alloy wheels, chunky door sill protectors and a deep skid plate for the lower part of the back bumper.
Changes to the interior include a triangle-inspired pattern for the synthetic leather upholstered seats. They also feature bold contrast orange stitching that is repeated on the door panels, centre arm rest, gear lever gaiter and along the face of the dash. Chrome-effect inserts complete the transformation.
The ‘Adventure’ is the first of the facelifted RAV4 models to introduce a host of new features that will be added to the range next year, such as power adjustment for the front passenger seat, interior LED lighting, illuminated window control switches and USB-C ports for the very latest smartphone devices.
There are no changes to the mechanics of the RAV4 as the ‘Adventure’ is powered by the same hybrid set-up that marries an electric motor with a 2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine to deliver 219bhp. In tandem with the all-wheel-drive, owners can tow braked loads of up to 1,650kg.
A spokesperson for Toyota UK said the tweaks would help to “maintain the momentum of the world’s best-selling Sports Utility Vehicle”, adding that “its spirit of innovation has been maintained” given that it was “the first model in its segment to offer hybrid electric power.”
Toyota has yet to announcing pricing for the ‘Adventure’ and the rest of the up-dated RAV4 range, although all models are expected to command a small premium over the current 2021-versions.