Before the brand new generation of Toyota’s famous SUV is introduced, we shall have the opportunity to enjoy another mid-cycle update of this model. The next generation of the RAV4 should be released during 2018 as a 2019 model, but the new, updated 2017 RAV4 should be available during 2016. The new model will come with some interesting changes, but don’t expect them to be drastic. As it is the case with every last carryover model before a new generation, the 2017 SUV will come with only some mild improvements since there is no sense in large-scale changes with a brand new, redesigned model waiting around the corner. Therefore, the 2017 Toyota RAV4 will only be slightly improved. All the details about the new model are still unknown, though, but there are some information and speculations about its possible specs. According to them, the new SUV will come with not-so-redesigned exterior, but on the other hand, a quite changed interior design. These changes will surely make the new model look more modern and appealing, and they can even boost up its sales. However, if the sales do go up, that will most likely happen due to a new engine offer. Reportedly, the 2017 RAV4 will come with a new mill, which will be far more powerful than the current one. This will surely make the model more popular, and it will create a larger fan base for the upcoming new generation, which is scheduled for the 2018.
The 2017 Toyota RAV4 Exterior Improvements
The 2017 Toyota RAV4 will come with a refreshed exterior design. The changes will not be radical; they will only enhance the current style and character. According to some rumors, the new SUV will come with some design details borrowed from the Toyota C-HR Crossover Concept. Of course, the new model will keep its recognizable style intact, but it will also use some smaller details seen on the aforementioned concept. However, they will not be as bold and over the top as they are on the C-HR; the concept designs are always too aggressive for the production models. Instead, the new 2017 RAV4 is expected to use that as a base for its own style. In addition, the new model should come with a new grille, a restyled bumper and new headlights inspired by the C-HR Concept. Don’t expect too much from it, though; the manufacturer is probably saving its strength for the full-scale redesigned 2019 model. The new SUV will keep its elegant, dominant and smooth appearance; its design changes will simply modernize it and make it more attractive and appealing for the next model year.
Possible New Interior Design & Technological Improvements
Moreover, the 2017 Toyota RAV4 should come with a completely new interior. There are some sources which are skeptic when it comes to this rumor: according to them, there is no reason for such move with the next generation so close by. However, we are more optimistic; with this change the manufacturer would surely attract more buyers and keep them interested until the next model. The new cabin will not only be designed in a new manner, it will also be more equipped. The 2017 Toyota RAV4 will have an improved safety, with numerous new safety gadgets and the old ones improved. This will actually make the new model look more appealing and interesting than the current one with minimum effort invested; that way the Toyota can focus all of its strengths to developing a stunning new generation of this beloved and popular SUV.
The 2017 RAV4 With a New, More Powerful Engine Offered
The 2017 Toyota RAV4 will come with two engine options. The first engine will be the 2.5-liter four-cylinder mill, which generates 176 horsepower. This engine was also used for the 2015 model. The second engine will be completely new. Its use is yet to be announced, but some sources are quite convinced that it will find its way to the SUV’s hood. That’s the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder mill that can generate 235 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. Notice two things about this engine. Firstly, it is significantly more powerful than the current one; this means it will provide significantly better performance, of course. Secondly, the engine displacement is smaller, meaning it should come with slightly better fuel economy. Hopefully, this engine will be used for the 2017 model since the current one is not quite impressive. The more powerful unit would surely make the new RAV4 more competent and interesting to the audience: this way it would come with excellent style, fantastic gadgets and design and impressive performance – simply put, it would have it all to be a fierce competition to other SUVs on the market. The 2017 Toyota RAV4 should keep its current transmission and drive modes, meaning it would come with a six-speed automatic gearbox, a FWD as standard and an optional all-wheel drive.
The Expected Release & Prices
The 2017 Toyota RAV4 should be released during 2016. The new model is expected to be a bit more expensive than the current one if powered by the old unit. This means it will cost just above $23,500. However, if the manufacturer decides to offer a new unit, the SUV powered by that engine would cost more than $30,000, which is a significant price increase.