by Jez Spinks

The first official image and video of the 2013 Toyota RAV4 have been released as teasers to the SUV’s full reveal at the 2012 Los Angeles motor show on November 28.

Toyota’s picture shows only the upper rear section of the new-generation RAV4, though in combination with the sneak peek-style video, it’s clear the model matches up with pictures (below) of a prototype spotted in Saudi Arabia in August.

The new Toyota RAV4, due in Australia in the first quarter of 2013, will have styling features such as sharper lines and a wraparound headlight and grille treatment that will relate it to the company’s other latest models such as the Corolla small car.

As CarAdvice exclusively revealed earlier this year, the new RAV4 will include a turbo diesel engine in a change to the petrol-only line-up of the outgoing model.

The 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel will replace the V6 in response to customer demand, joining a 2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol that swaps in for the 125kW 2.4-litre.


The Toyota RAV4 was one of the first of the so-called road-biased ‘soft-roader’ 4WD breed when it launched in the 1990s and it continues to be one of the most popular SUVs in Australia.

CarAdvice will be at the 2012 Los Angeles motor show to bring you all the key coverage of the 2013 Toyota RAV4 and other major highlights that will also include the all-new Porsche Cayman.



  • 80’s Robot

    Teaser images of a Rav 4? That’s a bit like being strip-teased by your grandmother.

    • Ellipsis

      Exactly. Teasing a new Ferrari or Lamborghini = makes a lot of sense, since they’re desirable cars. An undesirable Rav4 that everyone is going to see everywhere on the roads within 3 years? WHAT IS THE POINT?

      • JooberJCW

        “An undesirable Rav4 that everyone is going to see everywhere on the roads within 3 years?” – that just contradicts itself, if its going to be everywhere then its desirable to people.

        But I agree i’m not sure the fanclub of this car is that big or engaging enough to warrant a teaser.

        • Ellipsis

          People who buy Rav4’s, most cheap cars in general just think of their cars as just A to B transportation. They don’t “desire” them like they do a supercar, they buy it like any other appliance they feel they need.

          • youbadgesnob

            “Desire” A strong feeling of wanting to have something or wishing for something to happen. A “desire” is subjective mate.

          • Ellipsis

            Where are you going exactly with that comment? Yeah, a desire is subjective. Do you want a medal for reading a dictionary or something? My point was that the level of desire is drastically lower for mainstream cars, thus teasing them is pointless.

            By the way, I’m the last person you could call a badge snob, “mate”, I drive a Kia. 

          • Sam

            @9f66866905a33ae83af06e2888132912:disqus Um, his point was that you nobody made you the judge of people’s levels of desire. You have no idea whether how much desire any other person has and for you to make such broad generalisations and think you have the right bestowed upon you to do so, is simply foolish. And your failure to see his point just proves how foolish you are.

          • youbadgesnob

            hahaha, i mean people can have a desire and save up for a Toyota, Hyundai or a Bentley. People that buy Smart fortwos (i love them) don’t in general just think of their cars as just A to B transportation…you can’t say people don’t “desire” cheap-in-price cars and people only “desire” cars that cost a house. If I had a million dollars I would not spend half on a desirable S-Class…So they/we don’t just buy it like any other appliance they/we feel they/we need. Subjectiveness isn’t something read from a dictionary or something, It’s common sense. And if you’ve read past posts i.e. i didn’t change my name to call you a badge snob hahaha funny, taking it personally…

    • Guest

      You need your head checked. Show your grandmother some respect.

      • 80’s Robot

        It was only a metaphor… Don’t take it too seriously. 😉

      • Amlohac

        You need your head checked, its clearly missing important things like a sense of humour.

        • Guest

          Was it suppose to be funny? I’m sorry, let me laugh now.

    • Norm

      Teaser Shmeezer…the shape is on view in the new Toyota/Teslsa RAV 4 EV. 

  • JD

    The teaser reveals a lot.

    The front end will be very similar to the new Corolla and Camry.

    The rear end looks exactly the same as the spy pic on this page

    The teaser just confirmed my predictions 

  • $29896495

    Looks like it will be an oversize Corolla with AWD. yawn

    • Mark

      The Rav4 only has part time AWD, the rest of the time its FWD. So therefore its just an oversize Corolla.

  • M.

    Another hyundai look-alike rear end!

  • F1orce

    The bet rav4 was the facelift 2005 model

    The current gen one is too big and has too much weight..

  • MisterZed

    Ewww… the return of orange rear indicators!! First on new Corolla hatch, now on RAV4. 

  • LN

    It seems its going to look like a Toyota Corolla inside out

  • Sam

    Or just google 2013 Rav 4 and look at it without the tease 😉

    • MisterZed

      Um, where? I only see renderings.

      • $29896495

        Yeah, looks like a puffed up Corolla

      • TG

        Open your eyes, try carspyshots dot net.

        • MisterZed

          There are NO official photos out yet of the whole vehicle. Only spy (disguised) or computer renderings.

  • Afadasdf

    Huh what’s the secret? Just do an internet search for 2014 Rav4 and u get the whole car.

    • MisterZed

      Nope, all that comes up are computer renderings. No official photos have been released yet.

  • TG

    So does this mean Chery are preparing to release their new shape J11, considering the current J11 is a ripoff of the previous gen RAV4? :)

  • Gorry023

    I recently  serviced my Audi A3, ( 60 K service). The four discs and brake pads were replaced as well as a part of this service. The total bill was $2800.

    My wife has Toyota Kluger. The  fixed service is $170 every 6 months and for the first 3 years. The spare parts are much cheaper. I will definitely trade in my Audi for a new Toyota RAV 4 TDi as I am sick of paying a fortune to service the European cars.

    The European cars are much more expensive to buy here than in USA or UK and obviously the services are not cheap. what is the benefit of European  cars over Toyota.
    People who  can not fight their own  EGO are dumb.