• Feb 15, 2010
2010 Toyota RAV4 (Euro-spec) – Click above for high-res image gallery

Joining the FT-86 Concept, redesigned Auris and Prius plug-in hybrid at this year's Geneva Motor Show will be a facelifted version of the Euro-spec RAV4, and if it looks oddly familiar, that's because it's a subtle variation of the JDM Vanguard, a long-wheelbase version of the cute 'ute.

Early reports indicate that the interior will be restyled to up the luxury ante and the 2.0-liter gasoline-powered four-cylinder will be tweaked to increase fuel efficiency and decrease C02 emissions. The redesigned front fascia benefits from a new grille, more angular, drawn headlamps, foglight surrounds and a sporty front lip. We'll have more details on the 2010 RAV4 in two week's time and don't be surprised to see the new nose making an appearance on North American models later this year.



[Source: Autoweek.nl, Carscoop]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      I like it.

      better than the Rav 4 over here and the Kluger (i think it's the Outlander for America?)
        • 4 Years Ago
        Highlander. Outlander is a Mitsubishi.

        Not to be confused, of course, with Freelander (Land Rover) or Uplander (Chevrolet.)
      • 4 Years Ago
      I can't believe it a Rav4. Good job..
      • 4 Years Ago
      Agreed. A cross between the Tiguan and Tourag. Kinda boring as everyone is going there. The Nissan Murano seems to be the only one different.
        • 4 Years Ago
        i wouldn't call it boring, but perhaps conservative. we all know that toyota isn't going to be the company to set the world on fire with exciting design language. it still is an attractive upgrade, i think.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Except the Murano is hideous.

        I think this facelift looks many moons better than the current model. It's a pity, though, that the RAV4 has gotten so fat through the generations.

        My sister had a first gen and it was the perfect size for all her needs. Now it's got 3 rows of seats. What's up with that?
      • 4 Years Ago
      that is not a bad redesign of the rav4 for the most part. Toyota did a good job on it, but it faces better looking small cuv's like the new kia soul and the new kia sportage that is coming out soon, and well toyota is not doing so good in reliabilty any more or resale value after KBB drop all toyota resale values.. Still it is a nice looking car and if toyota prices it right then it will sell ok. i think for any toyota over 11k i would wonder if i would want to spend that much on junk like these new toyota's of late any ways...

      Yes I ll save my cash and buy a hyundai or kia and have a good running car for years while i pass up toyotas on the side of the freeway. toyota really lost their way in the last few years, sometimes i wonder if toyota and hyundai switch team managements because the two are what they use to be like in the 90's with hyundai being the better car now and toyota being junk now. wow how times have change for the mighty toyota.. I hope toyota gets their act together soon...
      • 4 Years Ago
      It actually looks like it got SMALLER ... thankfully.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @hashiryu where did you get that information? I'm in the UK right now, there's a Rav4 parked outside and it's exactly the same as the US model (I'm from the US).

        I think they've ruined one of the few Toyotas I actually liked.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Euro & JDM Rav is smaller than the US model.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Interesting grille. Looks upscale from what they are using now.

      Is it possible for a show or concept car to be recalled?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks nice.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This latest redesign of the current RAV4 is based heavily on the Toyota Vanguard available in Japan since 2006. The latest version was just slightly refreshed for at least the Euro market. I don't think it's fair to claim that Toyota copied VW Tiguan's design or others since it was designed most likely in 2005 to be released as a 2006.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Does anyone know if they're going to move the wheel underneath so the hatch opens upward? The side opening is terrible and unusable in a hilly city.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Boring as ever - Toyota buyers will love it!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Nothing wrong about being boring. In fact that's their intended market.

        At least it's not offensive to look at like the Venza or the new Sienna.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Fairly conservative styling. Fine by me for an SUV. I mean it could look like the new Mazda 5, or a Nissan Juke. There are much worse things than conservative styling.

      I am much more interested in functionality. Did they get rid of Spare on back and get a swing up hatch. What are the drivetrains? Any chance of a Manual again in North America???
      • 4 Years Ago
      So did they intentionally reverse the pictures, then PShop in the GB license plate? Because the writing on the tires' sidewalls is backwards.

      /amahokoy rednaloeg
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