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Published Date: 4/14/2015

Following teasers and rumours, it has been confirmed that the facelifted Toyota RAV4 will be available with a dual-motor hybrid powertrain for the first time.

Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

The current and third-generation RAV4 has been given updated looks just two years into its lifespan, with Toyota utilising the New York motor show to give the public their first taste of the new mid-sized SUV.

The recent Auris and Avensis facelifts have influenced the direction of the fresh RAV4 model, resulting in a sleeker grille and bumper area, as well as full-LED headlamps at the front and similarly sharp LED lighting at the rear.

Inside, the new RAV4 gets an interior laden with more soft to the touch materials and fabrics, but a new colour TFT screen as standard is the main feature of the cabin, along with refreshed instruments. Meanwhile, Toyota’s ‘Safety Sense’ active safety kit has been made more effective.

In a venture to out-do the usual front and rear-mounted cameras and parking sensors, Toyota has given the new RAV4 a 360-degree Panoramic View Monitor that allows drivers to see a digitally-displayed view around the car whilst manoeuvring the vehicle.

Under the bonnet, customers can now spec an all-wheel drive hybrid system borrowed from sub-brand Lexus. The 2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine is combined with two electric motors that are mounted on both axles to offer 195bhp and 54.3mpg. CO2 levels should come under 120g/km, while the gearbox is a CVT automatic transmission.

The updated Toyota RAV4 will reach showrooms before the year is out, with the hybrid version going on sale in early 2016.

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