The fourth-generation Toyota RAV4 facelift is set to go on sale in December this year and will be joined by a hybrid version in early 2016

Toyota has unveiled the new facelifted RAV4 at the New York motor show and announced that a hybrid version will be part of the model’s range.

The new RAV4 will be launched in December with revised styling, greater interior quality and a host of new technology, with hybrid versions coming to the UK and Europe in early 2016.

The facelift features a new front-end design that includes full LED headlights for the first time and a revamped, higher-quality interior with soft-touch materials and an LCD colour screen.

Toyota’s Lane Departure Alert, Automatic High Beam and Road Sign Assist safety features included on the new Avensis and Auris will be carried over into the RAV4, as will an enhanced version of its Pre-Collision System. Also among the new tech on offer is Toyota’s 360deg Panoramic View Monitor, which displays obstacles in the drivers' blindspots on the infotainment screen.

The RAV4 is a rival to the Mazda CX-5Nissan Qashqai and Ford Kuga among its rivals, but it’s the first of the lot to offer a hybrid model in its range.

Powered by a 2.5-litre petrol engine and electric motor, the RAV4 Hybrid will have a towing capacity of 1650kg and an electric all-wheel-drive system that uses an electric motor to power the rear axle.

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26 March 2015
Why did they wait for Mitsubishi to take lead in the PHEV SUV sector? May be lack of competition until recently.

26 March 2015
I think they are still far from catching up with Mitsubishi in the PHEV SUV sector - this doesn't seem to be offering any plug-in facility.

26 March 2015
Most Toyota hybrids can't. Could be a problem in this market sector.

12 June 2015
Oilburner wrote:

Most Toyota hybrids can't. Could be a problem in this market sector.

"... the RAV4 Hybrid will have a towing capacity of 1650kg..."

27 March 2015
Mitsubishi PHEV SUV can tow

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

2 April 2015
Why can't the reviewer just say it has the same hybrid drive train as the lexus? One can make an educated guess that it will be a huge disappointment to drive.

4 April 2015
... The quite neat looking RAV4 has been hit by Toyata's (unpronounceable hydrogen cell car) ugly stick.

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