Toyota’s RAV4 SUV joins the brands hybrid family for the first time. It will be available from December 2015 with an estimated due to dealer date from January 2015.
Toyota have shown off their new RAV4 hybrid technology earlier this year at the 2015 New York International Motor Show; giving us a sneak peak at the petrol-electric crossover coming to Europe. The Rav4 is going to be the eighth hybrid model to join the seven other hybrids in Toyota’s line-up. The hybrid power train is part of an expanded and facelifted 2016 RAV4 model range.
In the current SUV (sports utility vehicle) hybrid market, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is the only vehicle available in the UK market. The RAV4 will therefore open doors for the UK market.
The RAV4 shares many of its engine platforms with the Lexus NX crossover. The new RAV4 hybrid engine will be available in an all-wheel drive version only and powered by a 2.5 litre four cylinder petrol engine with one electric motor at each axle.
In terms of design and styling the new RAV4 hybrid will look exactly like the gasoline powered Rav4 which has been freshly updated with new front and rear faces, a new tailgate design and restyled rocker panels.
The 2016 version of the RAV4 has a 360 degree Panoramic View monitor, providing a digitally-displayed view around the car that aids low-speed manoeuvring.
The cabin quality is said to be improved with softer-touch materials and fabrics. A Colour screen now features as standard on the dashboard and Toyota’s ‘safety sense’ active safety kit receives tweaks to make it operate more effectively.
Pricing and detailed specification is to be announced closer to the RAV4 arrival later this year. Toyota have confirmed the hybrid version of the RAV4 will go on sale from December 2015 and is estimated as due to dealers from early January 2016.