New Toyota RAV4 due next month with two hybrid options



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Sam Sheehan

Toyota will reveal its fifth-generation RAV4 at next month’s New York motor show with two new hybrid powertrains.

Previewed in a single image, the upcoming rival to the Ford Kuga will share a pair of electrified powertrains with the recently revealed Auris that are based on a 1.8-litre and 2.0-litre engine respectively.

The smaller electrified unit, first introduced in the latest Prius, will have 121bhp, while the larger one will offer 178bhp and is the world’s most thermally efficient engine in production.

A pure petrol option is also likely to be offered, although it is not yet known whether it will be based on the RAV4’s existing 2.0-litre engine or be a smaller unit, such as Toyota’s latest 1.2-litre petrol with 114bhp.

The new RAV4 will be based on Toyota’s New Global Architecture, which is an adaptable structure that also underpins the new Auris. Like the Auris, the new RAV4 will be launched without a diesel option, following dwindling diesel sales for the outgoing model.

By contrast, sales for the hybrid version accounted for 5523 of last year’s total 8519 RAV4 sales in Britain.

The loss of the RAV4 diesel model is part of wider plans to discontinue oil-burning models from the range by the year’s end. Diesel accounted for just 7% of Toyota’s total UK sales last year.

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