Maybe this has been announced a little later than what was originally expected, but Toyota will launch a hybrid-electric version of its popular RAV4 compact crossover utility vehicle at next week's New York Auto Show.
After sending out a teaser photo, showing the rear of a RAV4 with badges saying "Hybrid" and "Limited" on the tailgate, rumours have become reality. Accompanying the teaser image, Toyota also released a press release that said, "The 2016 RAV4 Hybrid. See it April 2, 12:30 p.m. EDT at the New York International Auto Show."
Toyota has long said that it intends to offer a hybrid version of every volume car in its lineup by 2020, and its release has been highly anticipated. While Toyota have offered a hybrid model of its Highlander mid-size SUV, the RAV4 compact crossover hasn't had one until now.
Currently, RAV4 was launched for the 2012 model year, and remains one of the top small SUVs in sales, though it's outsold by the even more popular Honda CR-V. The new compact crossover is sturdy competition for the Chevrolet Equinox, Hyundai Tucson, Nissan Rogue, Ford Escape, and Subaru Forester, among others--none of which currently offer a hybrid version.
Even though the 2016 model is not available yet, or even out for that matter, this fantastic SUV crossover has been redesigned with a similar but different look in many ways. There are a variety of other changes that will set it apart from the rest while improving the overall fuel consumption of this great crossover vehicle.
Media previews at the 2015 New York Auto Show open next Wednesday.