NEW YORK, NY – Twenty years after the RAV4 helped create the compact SUV segment, Toyota is introducing a hybrid version as part of its 2016 model lineup. It made its public debut here in Manhattan at the New York International Auto Show.
The company has dominated the hybrid scene ever since the first Prius was introduced, now having sold more than seven million of the gasoline-electric vehicles, and the RAV4 will become the seventh hybrid model available in your local Toyota store.
All 2016 RAV4s get new front and rear fascias, wheels, upgraded interiors and improved NVH characteristics.
LED head and tail lights will be available as will a 10-cm TFT multi-information screen in a revised instrument cluster and a 17-cm touch-sensitive infotainment display.
Joining them on the option list, and standard on higher trim levels will be front and rear park sensors, keyless ignition and satellite radio,
A sporty new SE trim level will joins the LE, XLE and Limited on the gasoline side, while the hybrid will come in XLE and Limited only.
Both will come with all-wheel-drive systems with an electric motor powering the rear wheels when conditions requite more grip.
Among the newly-available features offered on the 2016 RAV4 is a new display with birds-eye view that utilizes four cameras to give a 360-degree view, including a live 360-degree scan for objects in the way, before setting in motion.
The 2016 RAV4 will offer more power and performance than the current models along with improved fuel economy.
Perhaps the most significant new feature to be available (“for less than $500 US") will be the first appearance of “Toyota Safety Sense” (TSS), a safety package that will become standard across the entire Toyota lineup by 2017.
Anchored by an automated pre-collision braking system it will bundle several other systems, including a Pre-Collision, Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Alert, Automatic High Beams, Pedestrian Pre-Collision warning and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control.
The RAV4 for the North American market is built in Canada at the Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada (TMMC) plant in Woodstock Ontario.