Toyota has launched a new JDM-only SUV for the Japanese market called the Toyota Vanguard. The new mid-sized SUV is based a long wheelbase version of the third generation Toyota RAV4, but features 7-seats with an electrically foldable third bench.

Two engine options are available – a 170 PS 2.4 litre 2AZ-FE mated to a Super-CVT-i continuously variable transmission, and a top of the range 280 PS 3.5 litre 2GR-FE V6 mated to a 5-speed Super ECT gearbox. The inline-4 engine makes 224Nm of torque at 4,000rpm while the V6 puts out 344Nm of torque at 4,700rpm.

All variants come with Toyota’s Active Torque Control 4WD system which works hand in hand with the Vanguard’s S-VSC (Steering-assisted Vehicle Stability Control) system to keep its 7 passengers safe if you happen to lose control of the car.

More photos after the jump.