Toyota introduced its brand new 2016 Toyota RAV4 at the New York International Auto Show. The company claims that their new model will be more powerful and fuel-efficient than the currently available version. Toyota hasn’t released any official details about the upcoming 5-passenger crossover SUV, but from what we have seen, we can confirm that this car will be excellent in every way. Let’s now check juicy details about this new version.
The company confirmed that their new model boasts a sleeker and more dynamic appearance. The front fascia of this vehicle, now sports excellent LED daytime running lights and LED headlights. The rear styling of the vehicle also gets LED taillights and refreshed rear liftgate. There are also some additional elements that contribute to the powerful appearance of new RAV4 including a shark-fin antenna. The rear and front bumpers get silver color skid plate garnishes as well and on bumpers we can see both front and rear park-assist sensors. The overall appearance of the new vehicle is more aggressive, and with all these upgrades it will definitely win the hearts of many customers at the very first sight.
When it comes to the interior of the new 2016 Toyota RAV4 it is not that hard to notice that the newcomer borrows a lot of things from the model it replaces. Although the new vehicle shares a lot of things with its predecessor, there will be some minor changes that will give this vehicle unique interior design. The designers now used high-quality materials to improve both comfort and aesthetic levels. When you peek inside of the cabin, you will notice a lot of aluminum elements and top-notch leather contributing to a classy look. The cabin is equipped with a great number of tech features as well so we can expect that old 4.2-inch TFT info display will be replaced with larger 6.1 inch touchscreen. If this is not enough, you will be able to opt for even larger, brand-new, 7-inch infotainment system that will offer more fun for sure.
We can expect to see some changes under the bonnet of the new 2016 Toyota RAV4 as well. The old 2.5-liter appears to be outdated but the company did not decide to make big changes to it. This unit again offers up to 176 hp 172 lb-ft of torque from its four cylinders. Just like before do not expect anything revolutionary in the performance segment from this unit but have in mind that it will be able to return 26 mpg when coming with front wheel drive and 25 mpg with all-wheel drive system.
Biggest change for new RAV4 is the introduction of gas-electric hybrid engine. This setup combines 2.5 liter I4 unit with electric motor and nickel-metal hydride battery pack. Power goes through the electronically controlled CVT while the all-wheel-drive is standard. Since we are getting all-wheel drive it is quite possible that there are two electric motors as a part of this powertrain but this still needs to be confirmed plus we did not get any details about the performances and fuel economy.
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The new model ups the ante when it comes to new safety features. This car arrives with Bird’s Eve View Monitor. What’s this? Well, this feature includes four cameras placed on the front, side and rear mirrors that all together ensure the greatest view while parking it. This feature is common in luxury vehicles, but rather new in this segment. Another thing that caught our eye is Safety Sense system that arrives on RAV4 Limited. This feature includes automatic high beams, adaptive cruise control, pre-collision system and many other useful features.
Toyota’s new 2016 Toyota RAV4 is definitely worth waiting. It will probably go on sale in the fall of 2015 but exact date is still unknown. The estimated price for the base model will be around $26,000 which represents slight increase over previous year unit. Just like before top of the line gasoline version will cost about $30.000 or slightly above. Price for hybrid hasn’t been announced but since it is a mild hybrid we expect about $3,000 to $5,000 extra for base car over the base gasoline powered vehicle.