2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid can be had in two- or four-wheel-drive configuration with 2.5-litre petrol engine working along with an electric motor
Toyota has made available the hybrid version of RAV4 mid-size SUV for pre-ordering in international markets with prices starting at around £30,000 (Rs. 26.91 lakh approx). With the new powertrain, the RAV4 will rival the likes of Hyundai Tucson and Nissan Qashqai.
The 2.5-litre petrol engine works in tandem with an electric motor and is connected to a CVT automatic transmission. Customers can choose either a two- or four-wheel-drive configuration based on the variants. The two-wheel-drive version is the less powerful than the range-topping 4WD by 4 bhp at 215 bhp.
Toyota says the two-wheel-drive version is more fuel economical while emitting less carbon dioxide to the environment. The cheapest 4WD Design variant costs £33,430 and it is more than £2,200 over the entry-level Icon 2WD. The Japanese manufacturer has presented Safety Sense package as standard across the range.
Features such as autonomous braking, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, etc are part of the safety suite. The base Icon can be had with features such as 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlamps and wipers, reversing camera and sensors, eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system that doubles up as display for parking, etc.
At £31,190, the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Design variant costs around £1,550 more than the entry model and for that the added equipment includes front parking sensors, powered tailgate, keyless entry and larger 18-inch alloy wheels. The Excel grade priced at £33,610 offers a number of features like heated steering wheel, leather seat upholstery, power adjustable driver seat with memory function and so on.
The top-spec Dynamic model is sold for £34,400 and it gets all the aforementioned comfort and convenience bits from Excel alongside carrying a dark theme courtesy of the black interior headlining, sports seats, dual-tone paint scheme, black painted alloy wheels and more.
The new generation RAV4 debuted in New York earlier this year and is the first SUV to sit on TNGA platform with optimal weight distribution, lower centre of gravity and increased rigidity compared to the previous model. Toyota is expected to launch the C-HR in the near future in India as the craze for premium SUVs are steadily increasing.