2017 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Release Date
Following its North American premiere, the 2017 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid made its European debut at the 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show. Toyota first unveiled this model in early 2015 at the New York International Auto Show. Also, the restyled RAV4 for the 2016 model year made its first public appearance at the same event. In addition to the RAV4, Toyota revealed the new Prius as well as the C-HR SUV concept in Frankfurt. As for the RAV4 Hybrid, the European sales are set to start in early 2016.
When it comes to the US market, the 2017 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid will be available in XLE and Limited trim levels. Buyers will be able to choose from six body paints. This hybrid-powered SUV will be replete with advanced features such as Lane Departure Alert, enhanced Pre-Collision System and 360° Panoramic View Monitor. On top of that, the upcoming model will be offered with the new Toyota Safety Sense (TSS) system.
2017 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Specs and Design
The gas-electric system comprises a conventional 2.5-liter unit and an electric motor. Its combined output is rated 197 horsepower, whereas the fuel economy is estimated at 5 liters per 100 kilometers. While the gasoline unit generates power transmitted to the front wheels, the electric motor propels the rear wheels.
The 2017 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid’s exterior styling is based on the redesigned RAV4 that made its debut at the 2015 New York International Auto Show. It features more stylish design cues compared to its predecessor. Inside the cabin, expect to see more upmarket materials as well as some new technologies. Among several notable innovations, the new model gets a multi-functional 4.2-inch TFT display, a steering wheel wrapped in leather and some interesting details throughout the cabin.
Externally, the changes include both the front and rear ends together with the light clusters. At the front, expect to see a reshaped bumper and new LED lights, while the rear side features similar tweaks. Also, the 2017 model will come with new 17-inch alloy wheels.