L.A. Auto Show LIVE: 2013 Toyota RAV4 image

The Japanese based automaker Toyota has officially unveiled the 2013 RAV4 during the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show.

After announcing it and teasing it a few times, the 2013 Toyota RAV4 is finally here and the model has been officially presented to the public for the first time during the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show. The vehicle has been scheduled to go on sale next year and it’s coming with a sportier appearance, a rounded front fascia, a slopping roof like, a roof-hinged liftgate and distinctive rear quarter windows, amongst others. The interior design is getting ambient lighting, a three-spoke steering wheel, a 6.1-inch touch screen display, circular air vents, metallic accents, leather, Entune infotainment, 11-speaker JBL GreenEdge audio system and more.

Power to the 2013 Toyota RAV4 is being provided by a 2.5 liter four-cylinder engine which is producing a total output of 176 BHP (131 kW) and 172 lb-ft of torque (233 Nm), mated to a six-speed transmission. The model is returning 24 / 31 mpg in city / highway with the front-wheel drive and 22 / 29 mpg in city / highway with the all-wheel drive system (optional). Three different modes are available for the new RAV4, Auto, Lock and Sport, with Auto sending power to the front wheels and engaging the rear wheels when needed, the Lock distributing power between front and rear at speeds below 25 mph (40 km/h) and the Sport promising to improve the handling by transferring the torque to the rear-wheel drive around corners.