Toyota RAV4 hybrid SUV

The eagerly awaited Toyota RAVA hybrid is a refined, compact SUV. Set to go on sale in the UK early next year, the all new vehicle is hybrid in both form and function, and was well-received at the New York Motor Show.

Featuring the same hybrid technology as the renowned Toyota Prius, the RAV4 runs on a 2.5-litre petrol engine as well as an electric motor. With this model the Toyota design team have managed to capture the essence of an SUV and that of a smaller, more city-friendly vehicle. But that doesn't come at expense of power; with its four-wheel-drive capability the RAV4 has a towing capacity of 1,650kg – a weight equivalent to a caravan. More striking design features include the wraparound tail-lights and a more angular, contemporary face.

In terms of engines the new hybrid RAV4 favours diesel power. An updated version of the current model's 2.2-litre engine will be available for both two and four-wheel-drive formats.

Typically Toyota, this new model also comes equipped with sophisticated safety features. The Toyota Safety Sense technology suite includes a pre-collision braking system, lane-departure warning, and adaptive cruise control that maintains safe distance from the car in front.

Inside, drivers and passengers alike will enjoy the cool and comfortable finishings. An improved cockpit is equipped with an easy to navigate colour TFT screen that operates an extensive multimedia system. The 360-degree Panoramic View Monitor is also integrated into this system and helps drivers avoid obstacles in blind spots.

Although any prices are yet to be announced, the new RAV4 promises to be an excellent addition to the Toyota family. Stay tuned for more information regarding the launch, and feel free to get involved and comment on the RMB blog with your thoughts.