With seven years on its back, the current, third generation of the model series that kicked off the SUV craze back in the mid-1990s is well overdue for replacement.
But if the word on the street is to be believed, then we could see a new RAV4 making its debut as early as this fall before it hits showrooms either towards the end of the year or in early 2013, depending on the market.
A set of renderings sourced from Italian magazine Quattroroute attempt to give us an idea of what the next RAV4 SUV, which will likely be marketed as a 2013 model in the States, will look like.
The new RAV4's engine range is another mystery, though we expect that Toyota will continue to offer a choice of four-cylinder diesel and petrol engines in Europe, and a different four-cylinder gasoline unit in North America. Some sources suggest that the Japanese carmaker may discard the V6 option in America, but this is something we have not yet verified.
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