2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Review, Redesign, Specs, Price, Release Date – Toyota is familiar with hybrid technology since long time ago, but it hasn’t been implemented on previous models of Toyota RAV4 so far. However, next RAV4 small SUV will be available for the first time in a hybrid form and its first appearance with all details was officially represented at the New York International Auto Show (NYIAS). The new 2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid comes with more horses and better fuel economy than regular RAV4.
2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Exterior Design
The 2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid SUV comes with refreshed styling with sportier, dynamic appearance and great aerodynamic performance. It features LED headlights, running lights and taillights. Additionally new model of Toyota small SUV gets a new rear bumper and lift gate, new front and rear skid plate garnishes and shark-fin antenna. It will be available with 17“ and 18” alloy wheels and the new RAV4 Hybrid will be available in six exterior paint colors: Black Sand Pearl, Blizzard Pearl, Classic Silver Metallic, Magnetic Gray Metallic, Super White, and a new BLUE.
2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Interior Design
The new 2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid SUV will be available in four trim levels: LE, XLE, Limited and the new SE. Interior of new 2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid now has improved quality of the cabin with soft – touch surface on the top of the dashboard and upper door panels, 4.2-inch TFT multi-information display in the gauge cluster and 7 inch touch screen display at the center of dashboard with infotainment system. Additionally there will be lathered steering wheel, redesigned cup holders, USB port on the front and back and rear view camera. Like other new Toyota models and new 2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid will feature a new Bird’s Eye View Monitor.
2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid MPG
The platform for the new 2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid will be conventional 2.5-liter, 4-cylinder petrol engine with 176 horsepower combined with 2 electric motors, which will work on the synergy basis. Details are not officially announced yet, but according to the rumors, engine for new RAV4 Hybrid SUV is going to be based on the same platform that was used for making of last model of 2018 Lexus NX. As it might be familiar, it’s about 3-motor system: first one conventional to four wheels drive power and it is also used to start the engine and to charge the battery, second to drive on a front wheels and third with a power on rear wheels. The power output of electric motor is expected to be at 194 horsepower. Also this engine model is going to provide better fuel economy than other predecessors of RAV4. The fuel economy is still unknown but we expect that RAV4 with AWD system will be rated around 33 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway.
2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Price and Release Date
When it comes to the price, it is still unknown how much exactly new 2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid will cost. Still, according to the rumors, the price of new model will be at least $5,000 more than standard version of RAV4. As we know the price for the base model of standard Toyota RAV4 is around $24,500, so if we rely on these rumors, we can expect the price of $29,500. The 2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid SUV release date will be the fall of 2017, according to Toyota.