2023 Toyota RAV4 interior unveiled, this year in Australia

Get to know the cabin of the updated 2023 Toyota RAV4 XSE, Cruiser and Edge, unveiled in Europe ahead of the arrival of the first Australian showroom later this year.

Toyota Europe has unveiled the interior of the 2023 Toyota RAV4 medium family SUV, ahead of the first Australian arrivals before the end of this year.

the updated RAV4 was announced by Toyota Australia two months ago, with overhauled interior technology and several safety improvements to rival the leaders in the midsize SUV class – but we’ve had to wait for the first pictures of the changes until now.

As reported, the model year 2023 RAV4 will be available with a 10.5-inch touchscreen on XSE, Cruiser and Edge trims in Australia – housed in a similar-sized surround to the current 8.0-inch display, which will be carried over to the GX and GXL.

Both screens will run Toyota’s latest infotainment software, with wireless Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, cloud-based satellite navigation and a ‘Hey Toyota’ voice assistant.

From the XSE model onwards, a fully digital, customizable 12.3-inch instrument cluster will now be used – with the 7.0-inch driver display previously featured on higher ranks, now standard on the entry-level GX and GXL, replacing the existing 4.2-inch screen.

Also new for the 2023 RAV4 in Australia is support for Toyota Connected Services, which includes an SOS call function, stolen car tracking and a companion phone app – the last ‘MyT’ app in Europe.

Europe will benefit from the same safety upgrades underway to Australia, including intersection support for the autonomous emergency braking system and Emergency Steering Assist, which can guide the vehicle away from obstacles such as a pedestrian stepping onto the road.

A new Platinum White Pearl exterior color is also planned for the European market – although there’s no word on whether it will be available in Australia.

As reported, the Toyota RAV4’s 2023 update will see prices increase by up to $3,000 depending on model quality, according to a bulletin delivered to Toyota dealers.

Meanwhile, some dealers are citing wait times of up to 18 months as production slows down due to shortages of semiconductors and other parts – coupled with continued strong customer demand for the model, which is regularly the third best-selling vehicle in Australia.

Production of the 2023 Toyota RAV4 is expected to start for Europe before the end of September, ahead of the first Australian arrivals before the end of this year.

2023 Toyota RAV4 new features:

  • New infotainment software with cloud-based navigation (all models)
  • Toyota Connected Services with satellite tracking module (all models)
  • Junction detection for autonomous emergency braking (all models)
  • Emergency Steering Assist tech (all models)
  • USB-C charging points to replace USB-A (all models)
  • 12.3-inch digital instrument panel (XSE, Cruiser and Edge, replacing 7.0-inch)
  • 10.5-inch central touchscreen (XSE, Cruiser and Edge, replacing 8.0-inch)
  • 7.0-inch instrument display (GX and GXL, replacing 4.2-inch)
  • Upgraded Projector LED Headlights (Edge only)
  • Mandatory premium paint for XSE (usually costs $675)

2023 Toyota RAV4 expected price increases

  • Toyota RAV4 GX – $1500 to $2100
  • Toyota RAV4 GXL – $1500 to $2100
  • Toyota RAV4 XSE – $2400 to $3000
  • Toyota RAV4 Cruiser – $1700 to $2300
  • Toyota RAV4 Edge – $2100 to $2700

Alex Misoyannis has been writing about cars since 2017 when he started his own website, Redline. He contributed to Drive in 2018, before joining CarAdvice in 2019 and becoming a regular contributing journalist on the news team in 2020. Cars have played a central role throughout Alex’s life, from browsing car magazines as a young age to growing up around performance vehicles in a car-loving family.

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