Having been around for 20 years and still going strong, Toyota is set to release a new version of RAV4, a car known for its ability to adapt to the prevailing auto environment. Over the years, the model has undergone various transformations before settling down as a stylish, modern crossover. The new model going by the name 2016 Toyota RAV4 will still feature new changes meant to improve the current version. The new version comes with a new trim level but the big news is that the auto maker is adding a Hybrid variant to the RAV4.
Exterior of Toyota RAV4 2016
There will be a new sportier SE trim level for the new Toyota RAV4. It joins the LE, XLE and Limited trim levels. The exterior of the new RAV4 will come in a number of changes and will neither be too spacious or large but compact.
To start with, the front will feature a more aggressive look. The front fascia will come with a bigger mask, a redesigned bumper, new LED and Hi-Lo headlights with daytime running lights. The rear will feature a redesigned bumper and lift gate with thinned LED taillights. We will also see new silver skid plates both in the front and rear. The vehicle will be offered in standard 17-inch alloy wheels. The vehicle comes in a standard all wheel drive mode. The SE trim receives a sport-tuned suspension and 18-inch alloy wheels.
2016 Toyota RAV4 Interior
Expert and customer reviews on the predecessor model have pushed Toyota to redesign the cabin of the new RAV4 to a more refined interior with features latest technology gadgets. To start with, the vehicle will feature a 4.2 inch display on the gauge cluster as well as a 7-inch touch-screen in the center stack. The will be a USB port on the front row and a 12-volt power outlet in the rear of the cabin. The auto maker seems to have heard cries of taller cup holders because the new ones will accommodate tall mugs even those with handles. Keyless access will be offered as standard. The base trim will feature cell phone-based navigation system. The new RAV4 will also be the first of the Toyota models to adopt the ‘Bird’s Eye View monitoring” to offer a top-down view of the vehicle for easier parking.
For safety purposes, the manufacture has introduced the new Toyota Safety Sense as standard for the top-tier RAV4 Limited trim and optional for other trims. It will feature a host of safety functions including automatic pre-collision braking, forward collision warning, automatic high beams, lane departure alert, adaptive cruise control and a pedestrian pre-collision warning system. The interior will also feature comfortable seats upholstered in leather while the dashboard comes with pleasant details and is illuminated with LED light.
Engine, Specs and Performance
Under the hood of the new 2016 Toyota RAV4, we are set to see a more functional engine set to run seamlessly in the new vehicle. We expect this engine to be a 2.5L atmospheric 4-cylinder engine with an output of around 176hp and 172 lb-ft of torque. Fuel consumption for this engine is 24 mpg in the city, 31 mpg on highway and 26 mpg combined.
The auto maker is also working on a hybrid engine for the new RAV4 in collaboration with Telsa Motors. The hybrid engine will offer improved fuel economy together with a better acceleration and more output power. The hybrid engine will have the Electronic On-Demand all wheel drive system which comes equipped with 3 electric motors.
The first motor will start the engine and charge the battery, the second will provide power to the front wheels and be used for braking regeneration while the third motor will power the rear wheels. The hybrid engine is expected to provide 200hp. It is expected to move from 0-60 mph in only 8.3 seconds with a top speed of 125 mph. When it comes to fuel economy numbers, the engine will provide 33 mpg for city and 30 mpg for highway driving and 31 combined.
Price and release date
Release date is not known but we expect Toyota to release the vehicle at the end of this year (2015) or early 2016. There is no official information on its price but according to rumors, the base model will cost around $ 29,000 while higher trim levels will attract up to $ 50,000.