2023 Toyota RAV4 update announced for Japan, Australia to follow

2023 Toyota RAV4 update announced for Japan, Australia to follow

The Toyota RAV4 has received another update in Japan before arriving in Australia before the end of this year.

The updated 2023 Toyota RAV4 was announced for Japan before Australian showrooms arrive by the end of 2022.

After a handful of images of the updated 2023 RAV4 were released in Europe, it’s Toyota Japan’s turn to unveil elements of the updated model, which introduces a slew of technology and safety updates to keep it up to par among newer competitors.

Toyota dealers in Australia have been advised to expect price increases of between $1,500 and $3,000 depending on the model – in addition to a $1,500 inflation-related price increase for all RAV4 variants from 1 January 2023.

As reported by journey Previously, as of May 16, 2022, Toyota dealers began advising customers that their vehicle’s final price could change due to model year upgrades or increased manufacturing costs – and they are entitled to a refund of their deposit if they disagree new prices, or do not want to wait.

With wait times of up to 18 months for some RAV4 variants, vehicles ordered today may not be the car that finally arrives – they will go through a model year upgrade, or possibly two, and bring with them more features that require a higher list price.

As previously reported by journeyall models get new infotainment software with wireless Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a smarter cloud-based satellite navigation system and a “Hey Toyota” voice assistant.

It’s said to run on an 8.0-inch touchscreen in the entry-level GX and GXL in Australia, while the XSE, Cruiser and Edge are said to use a new 10.5-inch touchscreen locally – or higher-end models in Japan.

There’s a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster that’s said to be featured on Australian XSE, Cruiser and Edge variants, while the 7.0-inch instrument display previously found on those models, the GX and GXL to be added (instead of a 4.2-inch screen). .

Advanced safety technology improvements outlined by Toyota Japan include a revised autonomous emergency braking system, capable of braking oncoming vehicles at an intersection or pedestrians crossing a side street the car is turning onto.

Japanese models are also adding a Nanoe-X air filter system and a ‘recording’ feature for the available digital rearview mirror as new for 2023 – but these are unlikely to be eligible for Australia for now.

Toyota dealers have been informed of additional upgrades for Australian RAV4s not listed in the Japanese announcement, including an emergency steering assistance safety feature and support for the Toyota Connected Services suite of connected car functions managed by a smartphone app are supported.

USB-C ports are set to replace USB-A sockets across the range in Australia, while the Edge flagship is set to get upgraded LED projector headlights.

That 2023 Toyota RAV4 should be available in Australian showrooms before the end of this year.

Alex Misoyannis

Alex Misoyannis has been writing about cars since 2017 when he launched his own website Redline. He worked for Drive in 2018 before joining CarAdvice in 2019 and becoming a regular journalist on the news team in 2020. Cars have played a central role in Alex’s life, from leafing through car magazines at a young age to growing up with performance vehicles in a car loving family.

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