2023 Toyota RAV4 update coming with new tech, price hikes likely

Australia’s best-selling SUV will pick up new safety and tech features later this year.

The 2023 Toyota RAV4 will pick up new technology in the second half of this year, including overhauled infotainment software – and likely a price hike to match.  

The updated RAV4 will gain Toyota’s new-generation infotainment system – expected to be the software seen inside the Lexus NX luxury SUV – with Toyota Connected Services, alongside existing Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functions.

As reported last month, Japanese publication Creative Trend reports the system will be incorporated into a 10.5-inch centre display on higher grades – and will reportedly be joined by a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster on flagship models (replacing the 7.0-inch screen).

USB-C connections will feature in the updated RAV4, along with two new active safety functions: Intersection Pre-Collision Safety and Emergency Steering Assist.

The former expands the autonomous emergency braking system to detect and stop for obstacles in intersections, while the latter will automatically swerve to avoid hazards if required, in addition to braking for them.

It appears buyers of the popular mid-size family SUV will pay a premium for the roster of upgrades. A media statement from Toyota said: “Pricing adjustments will be confirmed closer to their introduction.”

The price of the Toyota RAV4 medium has increased on three occasions over the past 12 months by more than $2000 overall on most variants – much of which can be attributed

In mid-2021 the top-selling Cruiser hybrid all-wheel-drive variant started at $46,415 before on-road costs, however the same model is now priced from $48,750.

Toyota Australia executive Sean Hanley said: “Toyota is always keen to provide the latest safety, connectivity, and multimedia technologies that customers want.”

The Toyota RAV4 is currently the best-selling SUV in Australia, with 10,489 reported as sold so far in 2022 according to VFACTS industry sales data.

Last year Toyota reported 35,751 RAV4 deliveries, topping its closest rival – the Mazda CX-5 – by almost 50 per cent.

The 2023 Toyota RAV4 is due in Australian showrooms in the second half of 2022, likely as a Model Year 2023 vehicle.

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