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Appears the SPARE TIRE is still on the back :D











But from this one... I don't see it. Maybe the rear mounted spare is an "option" :?


Appears Toyota is releasing more news as I type. Problem is... it's 3:31am here... gotta go. Will be INTERESTING see the complete update later today 8) :D
 
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Reading the European press release it would appear that the top of the range model for Europe the RAV4 X (177hp Diesel) does not have a spare tire on the rear as it has 18" Wheels with Run flat type tires. So it looks like there will be some RAV4's with a Rear Spare Tire and some without.

This is the RAV4 X model (with no rear spare tire and 18" wheels and the it has a different front grille with the chrome bars, Privacy Glass, Wheel Arch Extensions)


The Silver RAV4's pictures above I reckon that is a Petrol model as the Diesel models have a D-CAT badge above the front wing indicator.

Sadly no V6 for Europe only same old slow boring 2.0L (152hp) or 2.2L (136hp) Diesel or 2.2L (177hp) looks like I might be going for the 177hp Diesel this time round as the RAV4 X has all the options though Toyota GB have not annouced there options yet.

Also looks like no more 3 Door models :(
 
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Scott Cummings said:
Sadly no V6 for Europe only same old slow boring 2.0L (152hp) or 2.2L (136hp) Diesel or 2.2L (177hp) looks like I might be going for the 177hp Diesel this time round as the RAV4 X has all the options though Toyota GB have not annouced there options yet.
As for now I'm VERY dissapointed with this. I won't buy a new RAV4 if it only comes with the same old 2.0 engine. Sold my 2004 yesterday and had high hopes for the -06. Judging on your news and the still-not-very-impressive photos I'm not bying it....still....hope that future news will change my mind :wink:
 
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:D Hello everybody ,my name's Richard Allende,from SPAIN i work as a toyota new car seller in Madrid. the car is amazing and we like a lot, it still keeping the "rav4 concept". it's better to let the others try experiments with the the design of their models or copiing our's ( suzuki vitara) what we don't know is what will happen with engines.as soon as we discover it,we will show our information.we are sure about a d4d with 136 hp and the v6...nothing is official!...thanks
 
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100% sure as I posted above and reading the from Official Toyota Europe press release there is three engine options same old 2.0L (152hp) and the new 2.2L 136hp Diesel and the top of the range RAV4 X model with the 2.2L 177hp Diesel engine.

Official info from the Toyota Japan site on European spec RAV4's

http://www.toyota.co.jp/en/news/05/0912.html
 

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Thanks Scott for your comments elsewhere regarding the new Daihatsu Terios It really sickens me that the faithful 3 door model seems to have been discarded I wonder why? I would have thought that certainly in the UK this would have been a good a seller as the 5 door model. I might be wrong!
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Just comparing the sizes of the 2005 vs 2006 models based on the info in that press release, it appears the 2006 is 20 cm (8") longer with the spare tire, 12 cm (5") wider with fender flares, and 5 cm (2") taller. Wheelbase is up by just 7 cm (3"). Not a huge increase in size anywhere here.
 
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Seems like there are going to be 2 Ravs...a short or regular wheelbase and an extended one. The new pics from Frankfurt all seem to be of the regular wheelbase, whereas the silver/light gray one on Toyota's US site seems to be the extended version. Hopefully the extended version will not have the spare on the rear door (and a hatch would be preferable to a wrong-side swinging door), especially if the rumoured 3rd row is true. Can't wait for more info, especially of the NA version
 
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I am 99.9% certain there is only one wheelbase, It's just the angle of the picture of the US 2006 RAv4 that's make it appear longer.

Toyota would not go to all that bother to make different platforms IMO the RAV4 it just not high selling enough to warrant two platforms IMO.

And if there is only one wheelbase then there will be no 3rd Row seats.

Rear door opens the correct side for me ;) (and for people in Japan and other countries that are RHD)
 
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Check out the rear 3/4 window in this

vs this

or this

Clearly, they are different
The baseline of the window immediately slopes upward from the rear door in the latter 2 pics, whereas it is a horizontal line before sloping upward in the 1st pic. It is quite apparent, despite the different angles of the shots.
 
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All that I can say you guys are lucky in North America 3.5L V6 268hp !!!! and cheap gas !!

09/12/2005 Torrance, CA

Toyota Motor Marketing Europe (TMME), will unveil the all-new European-specification third-generation 2006 RAV4 compact sport utility vehicle (SUV) at a press conference tomorrow at the 2005 Frankfurt International Motor Show.

"We look forward to the arrival of the new RAV4 in the U.S. later this year," said Jim Lentz, Toyota Division group vice president and general manager, Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc. "Completely re-styled, the new RAV4 is larger and more powerful to provide the necessary utility and performance for active singles and the comfort, versatility and convenience to meet the demands of young couples with and without children."

The next-generation RAV4 rides on an all-new platform that is significantly longer and wider, inside and out, with a roomier and more convenient passenger compartment than the previous generation (the U.S. version will have a longer wheelbase than the European version). With an increased length of more than 14-inches over the previous generation, a new seating design features second row seating for three and optional third row seating, a first in the small SUV segment. The seating allows for numerous seat fold-down configurations, and under-floor storage (on models without the third-row seat), providing cargo space comparable to a mid-size SUV. Among the array of interior features new to RAV4 are optitron gauges, cruise control with lever-operated brake deceleration, dual zone automatic air conditioning, audio mini-jack port, and a dual glove box.

The RAV4 will offer an optional all-new class-leading 3.5-liter V6 engine with dual variable valve timing with intelligence (VVT-i) that will generate 268 horsepower, more than some V8-equipped larger SUV's. The standard powertrain will be an upgraded 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine with VVT-i. The engine will deliver 166 horsepower, making it one of the most powerful in the small SUV segment. The increased power of the two powertrains is matched with improved fuel efficiency.

Like all Toyota SUV's, RAV4 will be equipped with the Toyota Star Safety System, which includes an enhanced version of Toyota's Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Traction Control, Anti-lock brakes with Electronic Brake Force Distribution, and Brake Assist. RAV4 will also offer optional driver and front passenger seat-mounted side, and front- and second-row roll-sensing side curtain airbags.

Ride and handling is significantly improved as the RAV4's new platform includes a redesigned suspension, which is coupled with a more responsive new electronic power steering system. The new Sport grade will feature standard 18-inch alloys, helping to provide enhanced performance handling. Additional Sport grade features will include overfenders, privacy glass, roof rack, and a unique interior seat fabric for a more aggressive appearance. A new Limited grade offers increased interior refinement, which includes dual zone air conditioning, power driver seat, an upgraded audio system with a six-disc CD changer, and available leather-trimmed interior seats.

An all-new exterior design features a modern-rugged theme. Its contemporary look includes an aerodynamically sleek and sporty shape with a wider stance and sharp character lines that convey the power and muscularity traits commonly associated with SUV's.

The all-new RAV4 will be offered in three distinct grades; Base, Sport, and Limited. Each grade will be available in two- and four-wheel-drive (4WD) with a four-speed automatic transmission on four-cylinder models and a five-speed automatic transmission with V6-equipped models. The 4WD RAV4 features Toyota's newest electronically controlled 4WD on-demand system with a manual 4WD Locking Switch.

The new RAV4 will launch in the U.S. in late December 2005.


2006 TOYOTA RAV4 PRELIMINARY SPECIFICATIONS

ENGINE
3.5-liter V6 with dual VVT-i
Horsepower: 268
Torque: 246 lbs.-ft. @ 4,000 RPM
2.4-liter four-cylinder with VVT-i
Horsepower: 166
Torque: 165 lbs.-ft @4,000 RPM

SUSPENSION
FRONT: Macpherson strut suspension with stabilizer bar and hydraulic shock absorbers
REAR: Double-wishbone coil-spring rear suspension with stabilizer bar and hydraulic shock absorbers
MAXIMUM TOWING CAPACITY
V6 (with tow prep package): 3,500 lbs.
Four-cylinder: 1,500 lbs.

EXTERIOR DIMENSIONS (inches)
Wheelbase: 105.0"
Overall Length: 181"
Overall Width (without/with overfenders): 71.5"/73"
Overall Height (without/with roof rack: 66.1"/68"
 
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....and no V6 for Europe then...we´re stuck with same old 2.0 right?? :evil:
 
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Unfortunately, the pics included with the press release show a rear-mounted spare in the North American version. Hopefully this won't be the case for all models, or there will be some way of optioning out of it (other than hugely expensive 18" run-flats), or I fear Toyota has really dropped the ball on this one.
 

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Uhmmm, no standard transmission, no diesel. Just an oversized, fuel guzzling engine. I'm going to feel like driving a Charger.
I guess I'll hold my final opinion until I could drive one.

I think the price on that one is going to be considerably higher than what it is today.
 
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Looks like we all have some issues with European RAV4 versus North American RAV4.
 
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Scott Cummings said:
The all-new RAV4 will be offered in three distinct grades; Base, Sport, and Limited. Each grade will be available in two- and four-wheel-drive (4WD) with a four-speed automatic transmission on four-cylinder models and a five-speed automatic transmission with V6-equipped models. The 4WD RAV4 features Toyota's newest electronically controlled 4WD on-demand system with a manual 4WD Locking Switch.
If this is definitive, there goes any competitive advantage the Rav had for me. It looks like no 5spd manual.

Even worse, it looks like it changes from a true AWD with an actual center differential, to the much more common, 2WD slip and catch system.

Though IMO, this is best looking Rav so far.


Manual 5-speed Subaru now looks like the way to go for me. I think it may be the last available choice for full time driving of all 4 wheels.
 
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