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New Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Unveiled

In 2016 Toyota will launch the new RAV4 Hybrid, it's first compact SUV with full hybrid technology. Both front and all-wheel drive versions will be available, with a class leading combined cycle fuel consumption of 57.7mpg and highly tax efficient 115g/km CO2 emissions. The new RAV4, in addition to benefiting from the refined Toyota hybrid experience, also benefits from improved performance, ride comfort and interior and exterior design, focusing on cabin quietness, material quality and innovations in safety and equipment functionality. Toyota Safety Sense is also introduced, providing a package of cutting edge active safety systems, and the Toyota Touch 2 multimedia system is incorporated, with a seven inch, full-colour centre console display.

Perfomance

The RAV4's new hybrid system uses power from the engine and electric motor in tandem, or from the electric motor alone, striking the most effective balance between fuel economy and driving performance by maximising the efficiency of both sources. While driving in city traffic, the most congested, the hybrid system is specifically designed to reduce as far as possible usage of the patrol engine, the cumulative effect of full hybrid operation leading to a high proportion of zero emissions EV driving. In a first for Toyota Europe, the RAV4 Hybrid AWD is equipped with a 50kW high-voltage, high-speed rear electric motor, giving the vehicle all-wheel drive capability without the need for a central prop shaft. Named E-Four, this system functions independently of the front electric motor, driving the rear wheels alone. When pulling away, or travelling on slippery road surfaces and harsh conditions, the RAV4 Hybrid will smoothly and automatically switch to all-wheel drive functionality, maximising its traction, stability and controllability and with it the safety of yourself and your family. In addition, the extra traction E-Four provides gives the RAV4 Hybrid a towing capacity of 1,650kg, one of the highest achieved by any hybrid vehicle.

Safety and Design

Toyota has focused on creating a more pleasant, engaging driving experience with the RAV4 Hybrid. In accordance with this, the control logic of the transmission has been designed for a smooth, natural feeling under acceleration and special attention has been paid to the interior cabin, including focus on reducing noise levels, vibration and harshness. All have been comprehensively improved, with particular emphasis on comfort for rear seat passengers. Safety is, of course, of the highest priority and the new RAV4 adopts the full Toyota Safety Sense package to help prevent or mitigate a collision in all different traffic situations. These cutting edge safety features include the radar controlled Pre-Collision System with a Pedestrian Detection Function, Lane Departure Alert, Adaptive Cruise Control, Road Sign Assist and Automatic High Beam, in addition to the previously offered Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Cross Traffic Alert systems. With a reduced risk of ever being involved in a collision, vehicles equipped with Toyota Safety Sense can benefit from lower insurance group rating, reducing ownership costs. Available in nine body colours including new dark red and blue metallic shades, and offering a choice of four high-grade leather upholsteries, including revised beige and grey shades and a new tan leather, the new RAV4 Hybrid will launch early next year.

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