A prototype of the upcoming 2013 Toyota RAV4 has been spied in Saudi Arabia, giving us our first peek at the sharpened exterior styling and an almost unhindered look at the overhauled cabin of the all-new mid-sized SUV.
Uploaded by a member of Saudi Arabia’s T1C1 Toyota Club forum, the images confirm the fourth-generation RAV4 will take styling cues from the new Toyota Camry sedan and share much with the upcoming ninth-generation Toyota Corolla hatch, which was revealed in leaked brochure images late last month.
Due in Australia in the first quarter of 2013 following its international launch later this year, the new Toyota RAV4 features angular headlights bordering a two-nostril grille split by a prominent Toyota badge.
The horizontal tail-lights sit directly below the rear window, while the tapered roofline emphasises a design shift from the current model’s boxy SUV dimensions to a softer crossover look.
The cabin also benefits from a complete redesign that sees it adopt a new instrument cluster with a broad cover, a large central screen surrounded by simple switchgear, classy stitched leather across the dashboard and a new three-spoke steering wheel.
As CarAdvice revealed earlier this year, the 2013 Toyota RAV4 will be a four-cylinder-only affair in Australia, with the V6 set to disappear with the outgoing model.
A 2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine is set to replace the existing 125kW/224Nm 2.4-litre, while a 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel engine with more torque and better fuel efficiency will join the local line-up for the first time.
Despite being largely unchanged since it arrived in Australia in February 2006, the third-generation RAV4 remains Toyota’s fifth best selling model, trailing only the HiLux, Corolla, Camry and Prado. It is currently the second most popular medium SUV in the country behind the Nissan X-Trail, with 8614 sold year-to-date.