Toyota's 2WD RAV4 models, available in CV and Cruiser grades, are priced $3,000 below the equivalent all-wheel drive models.
Consumers will be the big winners with fuel economy being slashing at half a litre against the consumption of RAV4's all-wheel-drive counterparts.
Automatic 2WD models use 9.1 litres/100km, whilst the manual versions achieve 8.4 litres/100km, an improvement of 0.7 litres/100km.
Powering the RAV4 2WD is a 2.4-litre VVT-i equipped four-cylinder engine, that delivers 125kW of power and the choice of manual or automatic transmissions.
The 2WD RAV4 enjoys identical specification levels to the AWD 2.4-litre models.
Standard equipment in both 2WD models include vehicle stability control, traction control, ABS, dual front SRS airbags, electric power steering, air conditioning, tilt and telescopic steering column adjustment and rear spoiler.
The Cruiser has an additional five airbags as standard, including five-spoke alloy wheels, roof rails, foglamps, six CD audio system with colour LCD screen, dual-zone climate-control air-conditioning with push-type heater control panel and footwell illumination.
The manufacturer's list prices starting around $28,990 for the 2WD CV model with manual transmission.