Hybrid version of the RAV4 unveiled

2015-04-17 15:39:57

Toyota has taken the wraps off the first hybrid version of its RAV4 the company has ever produced. The new look coincides with a styling refresh that will be replicated across the whole line-up. The new look brings a sleeker, more modern approach to the RAV4.

The arrival of the RAV4 Hybrid heralds the eighth hybrid model produced by the company. The RAV4 shares its technology with its newer cousin, the Lexus NX 300h. Despite the existence of the Lexus, Toyota’s executives are keen to promote the RAV4 as the only hybrid in its segment.

That means it gets a 2.5-litre petrol engine mated to an electric motor. A separate but additional motor also powers the rear axle to deliver electronic four-wheel drive. Toyota says the AWD capability affords the RAV4 Hybrid with greater safety and stability when negotiating low-grip surfaces. The company has not released any details about economy or emissions.

The Hybrid is still capable of towing 1,650kg and comes complete with Toyota’s Trailer Sway Control system.

The company says that it has done much to improve the sensory quality of the cabin with soft-touch materials being evident throughout the cabin. A full-colour TFT screen is now included as standard in the package. It proclaims a raft of new technology that includes Toyota’s 360-degree Panoramic View Monitor. This gives the driver sight of obstacles that would otherwise have remained hidden in blind spots when using conventional front and rear cameras. This makes it a lot more easier, and safer, to negotiate the RAV4.

In addition to the introduction of the hybrid version, Toyota has announced the arrival of a more sporty and premium SE trim level.

The new RAV4 Hybrid will go on sale in December. It will arrive in the UK and Europe during the early part of next year. Information about specifications and prices will be announced closer to the launch date.

This article was prepared by our car news team First4Auto

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Andrew Merritt-Morling

Chief Editor

Associate Member of the Guild of Motoring Writers