The Toyota RAV4 Hybrid is paired with the full hybrid drive system combining a 2.5 liter Atkinson cycle petrol engine (similar to that of Lexus hybrids) with a powerful electric motor. The Hybrid version of the RAV4 is offered in both front- and all-wheel drive. For the all-wheel drive spec, a second, rear mounted electric motor equips the RAV4 with E-Four (electronic all-wheel drive) to provide increased traction and a tow capacity of 1,650 kg without the added complexity of a central prop shaft.
Developing total output of 197 hp, the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid marries a seamless, 0-100 km/h acceleration time of just 8.3 seconds to class-leading fuel consumption of only 4.9 l/100 km and CO2 emissions as low as 115 g/km. The new RAV4’s full hybrid powertrain heads up a revised, fully Euro 6 compliant engine line-up for the 2016 model range.
On the front-wheel drive version, the RAV4 takes up a new 2.0 liter turbo diesel with manual transmission developing 143 hp and a substantial 320 Nm of torque, whilst targeting CO2 emissions of only 123 g/km. Whereas, the all-wheel drive version includes a 2.0 liter petrol unit, paired to either manual or CVT transmission, gives up 151 hp and 195 Nm of torque, with CO2 emissions running as low as 149 g/km.
Reinforcing the uniquely quiet, refined and sophisticated driving experience offered by Toyota’s hybrid technology, the RAV4 Hybrid further benefits from enhanced ride comfort and driving dynamics, a quieter cabin environment, more dynamic exterior design, improved interior sensory quality and functionality, and all the latest innovations in safety and advanced technology.
The Toyota Safety Sense system features a newly developed set of active safety technologies: a new Panoramic View Monitor displays a 360 degree, bird’s-eye view of the vehicle’s immediate surroundings to aid parking and slow speed manoeuvring; and the restyled interior benefits from the enhanced functionality of both a 4.2-inch Multi-information Display screen and a 7-inch, full-color center console screen with the Toyota Touch 2 multimedia system.
The RAV4 range benefits for numerous measures designed to enhance ride comfort and driver involvement without sacrificing either stability or controllability. The number of spot welds on the rear cross-member support has been increased, patches added to the rear suspension member and floor cross-member, and the rear body fastening of the suspension member increased in diameter. Further complimenting the ride comfort are the modified shock absorbers with adaptive damping and optimized coil springs. At the front, the bound stopper and modified stabilizer bush, coupled with the Electric Power Steering, are present to offer the RAV4 a rigidity boost and more effective steering feel.
Dimensions and design of the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid
The overall length of the new RAV4 has increased by 35 mm to 4,605 mm while its wheelbase length remains unaltered at 2,660 mm. The front of the new Toyota full hybrid SUV reflects its stronger, more dynamic styling with a powerful, more prominent execution of Toyota’s Under Priority and Keen Look design language.
The Toyota logo is prominently set within a slender upper grille which anchors new, Keen Look LED or halogen headlight clusters, both of which incorporate LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL) to give the new compact SUV a readily identifiable frontal signature. The middle grille has been widened, and the lower, trapezoidal grille significantly enlarged in keeping with Toyota’s Under Priority family model styling.
The extremities of both middle and lower grille combine to form deep, foglight-housing pockets placed at the very extremities of the front bumper to emphasizes the RAV4’s wide, stable front track. The front underguard has been restyled to give it a stronger visual emphasis, reinforcing the new SUV’s rugged, off-road credentials.
At the side, a new wheel arch and rocker garnish places a cleaner, bolder emphasis on a vehicle profile further enhanced by a range of new 17- and 18-inch alloy wheels. From the rear, there are new rear light clusters with LED and a restyled bumper. Lastly, the new rear underguard has also been redesigned to give it greater visual prominence, especially when viewed from the rear.
The 2016 Toyota RAV4 and the Hybrid version are available in choice of nine exterior body colors, of which two are new body hues: Dark Red metallic and Blue metallic.