The Toyota RAV4 is one of the most popular and iconic SUVs from Toyota. It sits in the SUV segment such as the Skoda Kodiaq and the Honda CRV. The car gets a completely new design and is based on the TNGA platform from the company. The new platform will improve the car’s overall strength, driving dynamics and will also feature a hybrid powertrain. This platform is said to be very flexible and can be used across many cars as well. It will also be a fifth-generation model. We explain more about the SUV below and if it will be launched in our market.
Engine and transmission
Toyota is focussing on hybrid powertrains in its cars. This car will be no different as it will get the option of petrol and a petrol-hybrid as well. There is a 2.0 litre, four-cylinder motor that produces 173 bhp and 203 nm of torque. You also get a 2.5-litre four-cylinder that produces 217 bhp and 243 nm of torque. The petrol-hybrid adds hybrid technology to the 2.5-litre petrol motor. Combined, the motor produces 218 bhp and 221 nm of torque. There will also be a Plug-in Hybrid version called the Toyota RAV4 Prime. It will use a tuned hybrid powertrain which will develop 300 bhp of combined output. As per official claims, it will be able to cross 0-100 km/h mark in no more than 5.8 seconds.
Toyota RAV4 Dimension and Versions
In terms of dimensions, the Toyota RAV4 has a length of 4.6 metres, it is 1.8 metres in width, and has a height of 1.6 metres. It’s wheelbase spans 2,690 mm. There is also an Off-Road version of the RAV4 SUV present in the select international markets. This gets the 2.5-litre engine in its non-hybrid powertrain. It gets all-wheel drive, a sportier suspension, 18-inch wheels, chunkier tyres and some changes to the interiors as well. It will get an eight-speed automatic transmission.
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Toyota RAV4 Launch
For now, Toyota is looking to sell rebadged Maruti cars as the volume sellers below the range of Rs 10 lakhs. But the carmaker is also focusing on premium products such as the Innova and the Fortuner. The Toyota RAV4 could be a good launch from the company as it is a mid-size SUV. The SUV segment is becoming a lot more popular in India, and with the brand new model and its promising road presence, the car could be introduced in our market. The car if launched here will rival the likes of the Jeep Compass and the Honda CRV.