Following the introduction of GR SPORT trim levels in other model ranges, including the Yaris, Yaris Cross, Corolla, C-HR and Hilux, the RAV4 now also gets the GR SPORT treatment. As with the other models, the RAV4 GR SPORT also receives a number of changes to the exterior and the tuning of the chassis is not forgotten.
The RAV4 in GR Sport flavour can be had with both hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrains and can be visually distinguished courtesy of wheel arch trims painted in piano black. The same finish has also been applied to the side mouldings and back door garnish. In addition, the front spoiler has a dark silver look on the hybrid and a gunmetal appearance on the PHEV. Subtle “GR” badging and updated fog light bezels are also reserved for the new trim level.
Toyota mentions the RAV4 GR Sport is the automaker’s first model to ride on alloy wheels that were conceived using an “ultra-precise line-cutting technique.” The set measures 19 inches and has a glossy black finish with a five-double-spoke layout and bright machined pinstripe detailing. Engineers retuned the suspension with stiffer springs and sports shock absorbers. Toyota promises they provide better handling and “a more engaging driving experience.”
Inside, the highlight is a new pair of sports seats combining suede-effect inserts and synthetic leather upholstery for the bolsters and GR-branded integrated headrests with contrasting stitching. The front seats are power adjusted, with a memory function for the driver.
Finally, the large 10.5-inch infotainment touchscreen and the 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster introduced with the recent facelift in Europe are standard features in the GR Sport trim, as with the panoramic view monitor, and the complete Toyota Safety Sense suite of ADAS.
The first deliveries of the Toyota RAV4 GR Sport in European markets will commence in the fourth quarter of 2022.