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Toyota facelifts Euro-market RAV4

05/13/2010, 9:10 AM BY ANDREW GANZ

Toyota’s popular RAV4 crossover has been given a mid-cycle facelift for the European market that puts it more in-line with the design language seen on some of the Japanese automaker’s more recent introductions.

It’s unclear just what changes will make their way into the North American-market RAV4 when a refreshed model debuts – likely later this year. The current North American and European RAV4s feature a number of minor cosmetic changes.

The new European-market RAV4 gets many of the styling upgrades already seen on the Japanese-market Toyota Vanguard, which received an update for the 2010 model year.

Externally, the RAV4 gains a new, wider front grille with more defined chrome detailing, as well as projector-type low beam headlamps, a new hood and revised front fenders. The front bumper features integrated fog lamps with chrome touches.

Inside, changes are minimal, although the automaker has shuffled some equipment around. Base XT-R models gain leather and Alcantara (a synthetic suede) upholstery as standard, while the SR model gets a standard satellite navigation system with a hard drive jukebox option.

Some markets get a new front-wheel-drive model as an entry-level offering.



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they corrected the back hatch and the ugly front.

the interior was the worst part of the vehicle and they didn't do much with that though.

admittedly a RAV4 toting 260hp is a neat concept but it was in an ugly wrapper. and having rented one once, it to me was junk.

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