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2017 Toyota RAV4 Adventure edition unveiled at Chicago show

February 10, 2017

Toyota has used the 2017 Chicago auto show to unveil a sporty, more rugged version of the RAV4, called the RAV4 Adventure.

Set to arrive in US dealerships in September, the RAV4 Adventure is actually more than just some clever badging and marketing. Underneath, the powertrain adopts a new “dynamic control” all-wheel drive system. Buyers opting for the front-wheel drive layout also get a limited-slip differential to improve grip.

All versions come with Toyota’s Tow Prep Package with an uprated radiator, extra powertrain oil coolers, and a revised suspension system with a slightly higher ride height. Trailer sway control is standard as usual, and hill-start assist.

For the exterior there’s some swollen wheel arches, special 18-inch alloy wheels shod with 235/55 tyres, black details around the front including headlight clusters and fog light surrounds, some lower body guards, and roof racks. There’s also plenty of Adventure badges of course, with five different exterior colours options; black, Magnetic Grey, Silver Sky, white, and Ruby Flare Pearl.

Inside isn’t left untouched either, with Toyota adding bespoke leather trim panels, a 120V/100W power socket in the cargo area, special door sill protectors, and all-weather floor mats and cargo mats with Adventure branding.

Buyers will also be offered heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, and wiper de-icer package, all as optional extras. As mentioned, the unique edition will arrive in US showrooms in September.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He’s obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.

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