2016 Toyota RAV4 Gets Improvements & New Hybrid Powertrain Setup

By | 04/04/2015

The 2016 Toyota RAV4 has just been introduced at the 2015 New York Auto Show. The famous Japanese SUV comes quite redesigned, with new and more interesting features than before. To start with, the new 2016 RAV4 will come with a new exterior design. Though the new appearance isn’t drastically changed compared to the current one, it does seem to make a difference. In addition, the interior will now offer more quality materials and a bit more modern design, while the trim levels will offer more equipment that they do now. Also, the powertrain will be a bit tuned up. However, none of these changes aren’t what really make the new 2016 Toyota RAV4 so interesting – it is its new hybrid powertrain setup that will make it one of the most interesting models in the market. With the new hybrid SUV the Toyota now offers a green version of every currently popular car type. Therefore, we are sure they will not disappoint with the new 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid – after all, the SUV has a long and reputable history the manufacturer simply mustn’t compromise.

2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

New Refreshed Exterior Design

The 2016 Toyota RAV4 comes with a facelift. The new model now looks more appealing, though its appearance isn’t that different from the current one. In fact, it has just been modernized, but the new small SUV really looks attractive. Most changes occurred in the front, where you can find a new grille, new silver front (and rear) skid plates and a pair of restyled LED headlights. At the rear end, the new model features optional LED taillights, while the side lines have also been modernized and are now more fluent and sleek. In addition, the new 2016 RAV4 also offers standard shark-fin antenna, new 17-inch wheel design and three new exterior colors, called Silver Sky Metallic, Black Currant Metallic or Electric Storm Blue. Moreover, the 2016 Toyota RAV4 now also features a sportier trim, called the SE trim, which comes with a silver metallic exterior colour, 18-inch wheels, lower grille and revised bumper for a sportier feel.

2016 Toyota RAV4 Interior Updates

 The interior of the new 2016 Toyota RAV4 has also been improved. The new cabin now features more quality materials, including a soft-touch fabric on the upper door panels and lower dash. In addition, the new crossover features new cupholders, a 4.2-inch TFT display in the gauge cluster and a brand-new seven-inch touchscreen at the center stack. Other changes include a new 12-volt power output at the rear of the cabin as well an additional USB port at the front.

2016 Toyota RAV4 Interior

Technology Update

The 2016 Toyota RAV4 comes with much more equipment than its predecessor. Let’s start with the Bird’s Eye View Monitor. This system uses four cameras located at the front of the model, side mirrors and rear view to provide top-down view of the SUV to help drivers with parking. In addition, the safety has been improved with new systems such as Pre-Collision System, Forward Collision Warning, Pedestrian Pre-Collision System, Lane Departure Alert, Radar Cruise Control and Automatic High Beams. These systems are all included in the Toyota Safety Sense package and area available with the RAV4 Limited trim.

2016 Toyota RAV4 Conventional & Hybrid Drivetrain Setups

The 2016 Toyota RAV4 will come with a brand-new hybrid setup. Though the details about this setup are scarce at the moment, there are some rumors regarding it. According to them, the new hybrid crossover will most likely use the same hybrid powertrain as its more luxurious cousin, the Lexus NX300h. This means it will use a 2.5-liter Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder engine an electric motors on each axles. The system will be mated to the CVT. In addition, the 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid will come with a Toyota On-Demand All-Wheel Drive System. The mileage and power output are currently unknown, but some sources claim the new hybrid will come with a much better fuel economy than its conventional counterpart. For the reference, the aforementioned Lexus NX300h with this hybrid setup returns 33/30/32 mpg city/highway/combined, which is much better than the most fuel-efficient conventional RAV4 will AWD (22/29/25 mpg). Perhaps the new 2016 RAV4 Hybrid will not be as impressive as its Lexus sibling, but it will surely be close to its results. As for the gasoline powered SUV, the new model will bring no surprises, meaning the 2016 Toyota RAV4 will still be powered with a 2.5-liter inline-four unit that delivers 176 horsepower and 172 lb-ft of torque. The engine will be mated to the six-speed automatic transmission and will offer an optional all-wheel drive.

2016 Toyota RAV4 Rear View

Release Date

The 2016 Toyota RAV4 will be released this fall. The gasoline model will be offered in four trims: the LE, XLE, SE and Limited. The hybrid model, however, will only come with XLE and Limited trims, which are middle and higher-end trims. As for the price, there is no official information at the moment, but some sources claim the new hybrid SUV will cost around $30,000. The conventional model will probably cost a bit more than the current model due to the updated, but the price increase shouldn’t be drastic.

Photos: Toyota Motor Sales, USA

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