RAV4 was a huge hit when launched in 1995 - virtually creating the fashion SUV market overnight - but has seen its market share eaten away by Freelander and Honda CR-V. The basic RAV4 is a 1.8-litre, two-wheel drive 3dr, mechanically simpler and cheaper to run than the mainstream 2.0-litre permanent 4x4. But it looks identical and will carry much of the same specification, thus adding to its appeal.
Toyota estimates the entry level model will take around 15% of sales but some Toyota dealers are expecting it to be more popular.
Total projected volume for the new range next year is 8,000 units. All new RAV4s get Toyota's VVT-i engine technology which means increased power and torque across the range. There will only be the two petrol engine options at launch, but a 2.0-litre, common rail diesel, will be available from May.