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New Toyota RAV4 to have emissions from 127g/km CO2

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Toyota RAV4

The new Toyota RAV4 will have CO2 emissions from 127g/km for the new 2.0-litre D-4D diesel.

The lowest emission AWD model will be the 2.2 D-4D manual, emitting 149g/km CO2, available at £26,495 in Icon trim. With automatic transmission, emissions climb to 176g/km CO2.

The new 2.0-litre D-4D diesel engine takes the 2WD models’ CO2 emissions down to a new low of 127g/km, attracting a zero road tax charge in the first year of ownership. For company car drivers, there’s an added bonus in a lower benefit-in-kind rating, down to 16 per cent for vehicles registered from March next year.

The line-up also starts at a much lower price than the model it replaces and has more space for passengers and their luggage.

The new model will be available in both two (front) and all-wheel drive across three new grades: Active, Icon and Invincible.

Entry point is the new 2.0 D-4D Active 2WD version, available at £22,595. Both this model and the more highly specified 2.0 D-4D Icon 2WD (£24,295) undercut the current XTR 2.2 D-4D 2WD on price.

Active grade comes with 17-inch alloys, air conditioning, Bluetooth, electric windows front and rear, rear privacy glass and front fog lights.

The Icon spec includes a powered tailgate (now top-hinged for easier loading), a folding function on the powered door mirrors, rain-sensing wipers, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, part-leather instrument panel trim and dual-zone automatic air conditioning. The Toyota Touch multimedia touchscreen system also features on Icon models, with a DAB digital tuner, rear-view camera and Bluetooth.

At the top of the range the new Invincible adds more premium equipment features such as roof rails, leather upholstery, heated front seats, rear parking sensors and Smart Entry and Start. The Invincible grade offers the choice of six-speed manual as well as automatic transmission.

The fourth generation RAV4 is available to order now, with first customer deliveries from 1 March 2013.

Read our review of the previous-generation Toyota RAV4 in the snow.