The fourth generation SUV, Toyota RAV4 has come a long way in its 20 year history. This model changed significantly over the years and settled in the form of a modern sleek crossover. Changes to the new Toyota RAV4 2016 will not be significant enough to represent a whole new generation but will represent a historical point because this model will also introduce a RAV4 hybrid option. Innovations related to this addition follow the overall trend of maximizing fuel economy, giving more power and improving the vehicle acceleration and liveliness. The 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid will only be available in the higher trim levels such as XLE and Limited.
2016 Toyota RAV4 redesign
2016 Toyota RAV4 interior will be based on the traditional comfortable cabin features of the current model but in the same time it will present higher quality materials and some additional features within different trim levels. Materials used are sophisticated and soft to the touch, to improve user experience.Meticulous craftsmanship is continued through the dash board which holds a standardized audio system with 6.1 inch touch screen. Designer’s eye for the detail is shown through updates such as cup holders that have been customized to hold tall mugs with handles, sunglasses holder or an extra USB port. RAV4 Limited offers standard multi-stage heated front seats, dual zone climate control and smart key system.
Most of the changes to the 2016 Toyota RAV4 will be concentrated around the front of the car. Unavoidable grille change and some new body lines also ensure overall fresh look. LED lights will be available in front and back and most of the models will also have a rear silver skid plate. The 2016 standard model will now offer three additional color options; Silver Sky Metallic, Black Currant Metallic, and Electric Storm Blue. RAV4 hybrid will have a unique set of 17 inch wheels.
Toyota RAV4 2016 specs
Aside the introduction of the hybrid model, powertrain wise not much new is happening. Current 2.5 liter four cylinder engine with 176 hp, will be offered for the new Toyota RAV4 2016 as well. This engine is paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission and an all-wheel drive is optional. On the other hand the RAV4 hybrid will have a 2.5 liter Atkinson cycle four cylinder engine, with one electric motor at each axle enabling a continuously variable transmission with all-wheel drive.
2016 Toyota RAV4 release date and price
Toyota advertising says that the new Toyota RAV4 2016 is coming this fall, not exactly precise but precise enough. As far as the price is concerned even less information has been shared and speculations are that the 2016 Toyota RAV4 will have somewhat increased price than the 2015 model for which starting MSRP is around $ 23,600 for the base model.