Electrified line-up of fifth-generation SUV will be shown at New York motor show

Toyota will reveal its fifth-generation RAV4 at next month’s New York motor show with two new hybrid powertrains.

Previewed in a single image, the upcoming rival to the Ford Kuga will share a pair of electrified powertrains with the recently revealed Auris that are based on a 1.8-litre and 2.0-litre engine respectively.

The smaller electrified unit, first introduced in the latest Prius, will have 121bhp, while the larger one will offer 178bhp and is the world's most thermally efficient engine in production.

A pure petrol option is also likely to be offered, although it is not yet known whether it will be based on the RAV4’s existing 2.0-litre engine or be a smaller unit.

The new RAV4 will be based on Toyota’s New Global Architecture, which is an adaptable structure that also underpins the new Auris. Like the Auris, the new RAV4 will be launched without a diesel option, following dwindling diesel sales for the outgoing model.

By contrast, sales for the hybrid version accounted for 5523 of last year’s total 8519 RAV4 sales in Britain.

The loss of the RAV4 diesel model is part of wider plans to discontinue oil-burning models from the range by the year’s end. Diesel accounted for just 7% of Toyota’s total UK sales last year.

Autocar understands that Toyota dealers have already been asked to clear existing RAV4 diesel stock before the end of March with no new versions to be produced.

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13 March 2018

The 2.0 hybrid will be fine but I'm not sure 121bhp from the 1.8 will be enough. The 1.2T won't have enough power either.

14 March 2018

Because the current 2.5L Hybrid ( in updated form, as in the Camry ) + the new 2.0L Hybrid + the new 2.0L petrol would make much more sense imo.



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