The New Toyota RAV4 Is Turned Into the Long-Forgotten SUV

The Toyota Venza is back. Now the model is more like an SUV and uses components of the Toyota RAV4.

At the time when SUVs were gaining popularity but did not yet seem to be the absolute choice of most, manufacturers were experimenting with designs and formats. MPVs gradually lost customers, but people still demanded a functional car. So, in 2008, the Toyota Venza was released.

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The platform of the Toyota Camry offered a spacious interior, and the vehicle’s fashionable design helped to expand the target audience. In 2017, production of the model was stopped. Everyone forgot about the car pretty soon, but the unusual SUV was embodied in the 2021 Toyota Venza.

This car turned out to be a barely modified Toyota Harrier SUV, which was introduced for the Japanese market. Earlier, this model was the Lexus RX with the Toyota logo. Now, the car is built on the Toyota RAV4 platform, the same applies to the 2021 Venza.

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The new Harrier is a very stylish and unusual car, the spectacular design of which is derived by the Toyota Venza. The SUV received narrow headlights and a solid narrow LED strip in place of the taillights, which will allow you to quickly identify the model at night.

The interior of the 2021 Venza 2021 is generally based on that of the RAV4, but all the elements here are unique. The standard version has an 8-inch multimedia touchscreen installed on the front fascia. The top-end version will have a 12-inch touchscreen paired with a 7-inch display on the dashboard.

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First of all, the new Toyota SUV will be released in the United States. There, the model will be offered with a single powertrain (222 hp) based on a 2.5 petrol engine and two electric motors — one on each axle. Thus, the new product has received an AWD configuration.

There are also other options available for the Harrier: a 2-liter 171-hp naturally aspirated engine and two additional hybrid units with a power output of 178 hp and 218 hp. It is possible that the Venza’s line-up will be further expanded due to these powertrains.

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Also, the new product may eventually become a worldwide model. Current trends make it clear that SUVs will only become more popular. If the American launch of the model is successful, European buyers will also be able to get a new Venza. In the United States, you can buy a Toyota RAV4 for about $25,000. The Highlander will cost approximately $35,000. The new SUV will take the place somewhere between them.

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