Toyota RAV4 India Launch Makes Sense? Ideal Rival For Jeep Compass

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The Toyota RAV4 SUV competes with the Jeep Compass in the international markets. Will Toyota make the same case for India as well?

Toyota has recently unveiled the 2018 RAV4 SUV globally. It is expected to hit certain international markets soon. There it competes in the premium compact SUV segment and competes with the likes of Jeep Compass. In India, Toyota does not have any SUV below the Fortuner and is currently missing out on the boom that the compact SUV segment is currently enjoying. It already has the Rush or the CH-R lined-up for the Indian market. But it also plans to bring the RAV4 to India. Will it make sense? Let’s find out!

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As mentioned before, the Toyota RAV4 compete with the likes of the Jeep Compass. Consequently, if the former comes to India, it will continue to rival against the latter. The Jeep Compass made its official debut in India last year. Due to local production of this SUV, Jeep has managed to keep the prices very aggressive. As a result of this, the Compass has so far received an enthusiastic response from the Indian buyers.

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If Toyota manages to play out a similar strategy, it could make the RAV4 an equally big success in our country as well. Recently, the Japanese automaker has said that from now on it will focus primarily on premium vehicle segments in India. in-line with this approach, soon it will launch the Yaris mid-size sedan in India. The RAV4 will be the perfect product to further enhance this strategy in our country. India has shown a lot of admiration for utility vehicles from Toyota. The Fortuner and the Innova are the perfect examples of this.

2018 toyota rav4 rear profile

The 2018 iteration of the Toyota RAv4 comes with a very striking exterior profile. It is based on the automaker’s TNGA (Toyota New Global Architecture) platform. This is the same underpinning which is also used in the new Camry, Prius and the C-HR. With this update, the SUV comes with a slightly longer wheelbase, however, the overall length of the SUV is slightly reduced. The cabin of this SUV is very plush. Something which the Indian buyers will like. In addition to this, it comes with an all-black colour scheme. Consequently, making it look very sporty.

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The 2018 Toyota RAV4 comes with a host of features. It gets LED headlamps and tail-lamps, a roof-mounted spoiler, 19-inch alloy wheels along with a dual-exhaust system. The SUV offers a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system. It comes with Toyota’s Entune 3.0 sound system. Furthermore, it comes with connectivity options like the Apple Car Play, Android Auto and even Amazon Alexa. In addition to these, the RAV4 comes with a host of safety features as well. These include forward collision warning, dynamic cruise control, steering assist to name a few.

toyota rav interiorUnder the hood, the Toyota RAv4 comes only with a petrol engine. This is in-line with the automaker’s strategy to phase out diesel engines from its line-up by the end of 2018 internationally. The motor is a 2.5-litre four-cylinder unit. It comes with an eight-speed automatic transmission as standard. In the international markets, the SUV comes in a Hybrid variant as well. Expect the prices to be in the range of INR 14 lakh to 18 lakh, if the RAV4 comes to India.

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  1. The price structure Toyota always on the higher side. If they can sell @15 lakhs will be ok otherwise many brands are available in the same segment with a reasonable mileage. Or will go for Innova with 7 & 8 seater.

  2. Having read the article and given to understand from other sources the ground clearance of RAV4 is only 177 mm compared to other competitors and will be a major drawback though other features are attractive. Others provide 198 mm to 210 mm ground clearance on similar segments. Hope Toyota could have improved it. However, if the price tag is within the bracket of 10 – 16 lakhs Toyota might be successful. We have better offers from Jeep Compass, Renault Duster and Hyundai Creta for Indian buyers. KIA is also focusing Indian market now.

  3. Yesss perfect car for long drive because I Drive RAV4 Hybrid Fully automatic in Iceland June 2018 Full Ring Road ie. 1800 km. From Keflavik to blue lagoon to Selfoss to skogar to Hofn to Akueyri to Gullfoss and back. Awesome car smooth ride very much comfortable. I am eager to waiting for launch. Satying in India.

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