The RAV4 is one of the most popular models manufactured by Toyota. ‘RAV4’ is an abbreviation for Recreational Active Vehicle with four-wheel drive. However, not all RAV4 models are FWD vehicles, as the particular driving system is not offered in each country.
It was initially released back in 1994 when it came as the first compact crossover SUV. New Toyota RAV4 came as a vehicle that would meet the demands of customers who need a sort of a combination of a compact car and an SUV. It has been under production for 22 consecutive years now. Presently, enthusiasts are in anticipation for the upcoming vehicle 2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid.
2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Exterior and Interior Redesign
This upcoming model will be based on the same platform that underpins its predecessor. Being introduced as a part of the biggest redesign this model got in almost a decade, it’s been 3 years since this platform was introduced in RAV4. Certain exterior elements will surely be modified, including the shape of headlights, which will be changed slightly along with the bumper. Apart from that, rest of the front fascia including front grille will remain the same.
The cabin of 2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid is based on designs of Lexus, a subsidiary of Toyota. Its interior is truly a plus point, with high-quality materials being used all over the cabin and technology being available at its maximum. Updated systems and features can also be expected.
Toyota offers numerous top notch hybrids, including the Prius C. Generally, the hybrid vehicles from the car manufacturer share several features and it will continue to do so with latest RAV hybrid as well. It will have a lot of resemblance with Prius C in a lot of aspects, and will also feature several similarities with CH-R crossover.
As compared to the present model, its cabin will appear more futuristic. Certain exterior details will also be changed to give 2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid a fresh look. Since there is some time left before the release of this model, most details are still unknown, with engine specs being the most speculative detail.
There are chances that this upcoming hybrid vehicle will share its powertrain with the upcoming Prius model. This would mean that a 1.5 liter Mazda Skyactiv-D engine could be available under the hood of this vehicle and it will come with Hybrid Synergy Drive System.
On the other hand, other speculations about the engine of 2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid suggest a 2.5 liter engine being combined with an electric motor. This combination will supposedly generate 194 HP along with 205 lb-ft of torque.
Having said that, all these are mere speculations about the powertrain. One would have to wait a bit more to know the exact powertrain that will be used with upcoming RAV4 hybrid.
Price and Availability
As far as pricing is concerned, there are different opinions regarding the price tag of 2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid. Some speculations suggest the starting price be $25,000 while others believe it to start at $30,000. It should hit the market by the end of 2017. Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid is the main competitor of RAV4 Hybrid.