The Toyota RAV4 has been spotted undergoing testing in India. Last year we had broken the news that Toyota was considering introducing its popular SUV in India sometime in mid-2021.
New RAV4 underpinned by Toyota’s TNGA platform
Expected to be offered with a hybrid powertrain
Toyota RAV4: What’s to know
A popular model in global markets for Toyota, the RAV4, currently in its fifth generation is underpinned by the carmaker’s TNGA-K platform which also underpins the current gen Toyota Camry.
Coming to the test mule, the SUV wears a badge on the front fender which, while not very clear in the image, likely says ‘hybrid’. The Toyota logo on the tailgate also seems to have a blue-ish tint to it – another indicator for being a hybrid – and there is another badge on the lower right portion of the tailgate though that too is illegible. The car’s name is clearly visible on the lower left portion of the tailgate.
The image also reveals a bit of the interior with the edge of the freestanding touchscreen visible on the dashboard.
Toyota offers the RAV4 as a petrol-only, a hybrid and plug-in hybrid model in international markets though it’s the hybrid that is expected to come to India.
Toyota RAV4: Engine details
Coming to the engine, the RAV4 Hybrid is powered by a 2.5-litre, four-cylinder, Atkinson cycle petrol engine paired with an electric motor to develop a combined 218hp in the two wheel drive models with the system putting out a slightly bumped up 222hp in the all-wheel drive variants.
Expected to come via CBU route
Toyota is expected to import the RAV4 to India via the CBU route under the 2,500 unit import quota which will remove the need for homologation. However, being a full import expect prices to be in the region of Rs 60 lakh (ex-showroom).
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