Toyota Goes to Extremes With Rav4 Xt-r

By: Mark Clarkson

Toyota RAV4, Europe's best-selling sport utility vehicle, goes to the extremes by introducing a variant called XT-R. Said RAV4 variant will be introduced on the first day of January next year.

Toyota RAV4 small 4x4 introduces a new trim level XT-R to boost extremes in an SUV. It is designed to perfect quality without being expensive. The new trim level is equipped with additional luxury items to boost the ergonomics and comfy feel that the vehicle offers.

RAV$ XT-R is offered with the 2.0-litre diesel and petrol engines, and in three- and five-door versions. RAV4 three-door XT-R with the 2.0-litre petrol engine is priced at ?17,995. However, the XT-R equipped with stability and traction control, climate and cruise control, an electric sunroof and metallic paint will be valued up to ?1500 on lower-spec cars. The diesel-powered version of the vehicle costs ?1000 more compared to its petrol equivalent.

Toyota RAV4 accessories and equipment used in XT-R include dual-zone climate control, a cooled glovebox, electric sunroof, 6-disc CD autochanger, Toyota's Integrated Active Drive system, Hill-start Assist Control (HAC), and electric heated and folding door Toyota mirrors.

RAV4 entertained a major redesign for the model year 2006. Toyota RAV4 parts accessories for said model were assembled using a new platform. The vehicle still uses the 2.4 L four-cylinder engine that is capable of generating 166 horsepower. In North America, RAV4 uses a 3.5 L V6 engine from Toyota Avalon Grande parts. Said engine produces 269 horsepower.

Compared to the previous generation of RAV4, the current version is equipped with a third row seat for two small children. This feature is available in the United States and Canada only. Options for the RAV4 include the two-wheel drive or four-wheel drive in the United States. However, in Canada and other countries, only the four-wheel version is available. In Asia and Europe, RAV4 is available in short-wheelbase while in Australia, the long- wheelbase version is offered.

Toyota parts RAV4 is assembled in the automaker's plant in Tahara, Aichi, Japan. However, in 2008, RAV4s to be sold in North America will be assembled in Toyota's Woodstock, Ontario, Canada plant.

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