2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid unveiled with new design at New York Auto Show

Article by Andrew Christian, on April 3, 2015

Toyota’s all-new 2016 RAV4 Hybrid arrived at the 2015 New York Auto Show, a vehicle that targets young adventure-seeking couples that are looking for a vehicle with excellent fuel efficiency as well as utility, versatility and capability. Just like the Lexus NX 300h, the new 2016 RAV4 Hybrid is powered by a 2.5-liter Atkinson cycle four-cylinder petrol engine as well as by an electric motor.

Both axles receive power thanks to the standard Electric On-Demand All-Wheel-Drive System. Although it didn’t offer any performance figures, the 2016 RAV4 Hybrid will arrive with more than 176 hp. Toyota says that its new hybrid crossover will better acceleration than the standard RAV4. Moreover, the vehicle will be offered in two premium grades: XLE and Limited.

Both grades are offered as standard with an Electronic On-Demand All-Wheel-Drive System with intelligence (AWD-i), optional 17-inch alloy wheels and six exterior colors (Super White, Blizzard Pearl, Magnetic Gray Metallic, Classic Silver Metallic, Black Sand Pearl and a new BLUE).

When it comes to design, the 2016 RAV4 Hybrid comes with a new front fascia with an available LED trifecta (headlights, LED daytime running lights and Hi-Lo headlights). The styling extends along the lower rocker panel to the rear bumper.

Moreover, the rear bumper and lift gate with optional LED taillights add a premium touch. Other features include front and rear skid plates, as well as a standard shark fin antenna. Inside, we find more premium materials, an optional 4.2-inch TFT multi-information display in a revised gauge cluster, an available 7-inch touch-sensitive display audio touchscreen, a steering wheel wrapped in leather, an updated interior shifter and window/lock control bezel material and a revised cup holder that can accommodate tall mugs with handles.

Furthermore, there is a new sunglasses holder, additional USB added to the front and one 12V power outlet for the rear, as well as new interior colors – Tan, Beige and on SE a Tan/Black combination.

Safety is enhanced thanks to the Toyota Safety Sense (TSS), a multi-feature safety package anchored by automated pre-collision braking. TSS safety technologies include Pre-Collision System, Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Alert, Automatic High Beams, Pedestrian Pre-Collision System and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control. [source: Toyota]

Press Release

2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

There's a new hybrid in town, and it's called Toyota RAV4 Hybrid. Toyota has been the overwhelming gas-electric hybrid sales leader in the U.S. since 2000. Now, 15 years after the first Prius was sold in the U.S., Toyota has unveiled its eighth hybrid offering as part of the refreshed 2016 RAV4.

Launching in the fall of 2015, the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid will be targeted towards young adventure-seeking couples looking for a vehicle that provides utility, versatility, capability and excellent fuel efficiency.

Looks Great and Less Filling

Fewer fill-ups will become the norm with the addition of a new, fuel efficient Toyota RAV4 Hybrid. Higher MPG comes without sacrifice as the RAV4 Hybrid will deliver more horsepower and better acceleration than the conventional RAV4.

A no compromise vehicle, the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid will be offered in two premium grades: XLE and Limited. Both grades will be equipped with an Electronic On-Demand All-Wheel-Drive System with intelligence (AWD-i). Also available will be unique 17-inch alloy wheels and six exterior colors (Super White, Blizzard Pearl, Magnetic Gray Metallic, Classic Silver Metallic, Black Sand Pearl and a new BLUE).

Making the Grade(s) With Refreshed Styling and New Technologies

The conventional gas version RAV4 will come in four grades: LE, XLE, Limited and the new SE. Together with the new Hybrid XLE and Limited, all 2016 RAV4 models will feature refreshed exterior styling, providing a sleeker, more dynamic appearance. It starts with a new, stronger looking front fascia with an available LED trifecta (Headlights, Daytime Running Lights and Hi-Lo Headlights). The new styling extends along the lower rocker panel to the rear bumper for a flowing visual appeal. A new rear bumper and lift gate with available LED taillights add a premium touch. Additional new exterior features include front and rear silver skid plate garnishes on most models and a standard shark fin antenna. An all-new wheel lineup and three new exterior paint colors (Silver Sky Metallic, Black Currant Metallic, and Electric Storm Blue) round out the exterior design.

Toyota listened to customer feedback and added more refinement and technology to the interior. New features include:

Improved interior quality with more premium materials
Available 4.2-inch TFT multi-information display in a revised gauge cluster
Available 7-inch touch-sensitive display audio touch screen
Leather steering wheel (excluding LE)
Updated interior shifter and window/lock control bezel material
Revised cup holder design to accommodate tall mugs with handles
New sunglasses holder
Additional USB added to front and one 12V power outlet added to rear
New interior colors (Tan, Beige and on SE a Tan/Black combination)
Soft touch material on upper door panel and lower dash
Additional convenience technologies include front and rear parking sonar, available Smart Key, and a Homelink® garage door opener (standard on Limited grade). The LE grade will have an available Scout cell phone based navigation system. All RAV4 XLE, SE and Limited models will come standard with SiriusXM All-Access Radio with a 3-month complimentary trial.

RAV4 will also offer a new Bird's Eye View Monitor. This Toyota-first technology utilizes four cameras that are mounted on the front, side mirrors and rear of the vehicle to give the driver a panoramic view of their surroundings. The system offers drivers assistance when parallel parking, and when pulling in and out of parking spaces. The Bird's Eye View Monitor system also has an industry-first feature called Perimeter Scan, that gives drivers a live rotating 360 degree view of what is around the vehicle, helping them see objects that could be in the way.

Toyota Safety That Makes Sense

The 2016 RAV4 will be among the first U.S. models with Toyota Safety Sense (TSS), a new multi-feature advanced safety package anchored by automated pre-collision braking. TSS bundles cutting edge safety technologies including:

Pre-Collision System
Forward Collision Warning
Lane Departure Alert
Automatic High Beams
Pedestrian Pre-Collision System
Dynamic Radar Cruise Control
TSS will be standard on 2016 RAV4 Limited grades.

Small SUV Utility Plus Hybrid MPG Equals Savings

The RAV4 started the small SUV segment craze 20 years ago. Five years later, Toyota introduced hybrids to the U.S market, raising the bar for high MPG at an affordable price. Each has helped change the automotive landscape in the U.S. The arrival of the 2016 RAV4 Hybrid will be a natura

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