The 2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid is the perfect crossover for an active young family. When showcased at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show, not many modifications could be identified. Be that as it may, it will feature some innovative touches that will return good value for money. It is expected to compete favorably with other automobiles in the same category, like VW Tiguan and Hyundai Tucson.
2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid – Exterior and Interior Design
The interior is undoubtedly roomy, ensuring complete comfort for the driver and passengers. It is spacious enough to accommodate five passengers, including the driver. It features double zone automated environment control as well as heated seats. Also, the steering wheel and the entire interior feature leather upholstery, which improves its aesthetics. Other interior inclusions are frameless HomeLink, App Suite 33 and Integrated Navigation 12 with Entune Premium Audio.
Moreover, the security features are improved; they now include Adaptive Cruiser Liner Control, Lane Departure System, and Pre-collision Braking. Its security, safety, and functionality are also enhanced by Toyota Security Senser-P collection, Hill-Start Help Control, and Trailer Sway Control.
Furthermore, the 2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid features bird’s-eye camera for improved parking, motion-activated power liftgate, warmed guiding wheel and navigation-enabled audio system. Potential buyers can also look forward to a windshield wiper de-icer fitted to the automobile for a flawless driving experience in winter climates. Conclusively, this unique cold-weather plan makes the automobile ready for virtually any purpose.
Additionally, the suspension is elevated, and it sports huge flares over the fender. The bodyguards are reduced, while the wheel is 18 inches and made of black alloy. Also, rails are fitted to the roof to create additional storage space. Other exterior features are Journey Badging, black fog light borders, and black front lights bezels.
The 2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid can conveniently tow 1,750 pounds weight, and its towing efficiency is improved by the transmission liquid holders and the updated radiator. The storage area, located behind its split-folding back seats, is 41.0 cubic feet; the back seats can equally be folded to create more storage space.
Electric Motor Specs
There are indications that the automobile will bear under the hood an engine similar to that of the 2016 model; the 2016 model runs on a 2.5-Liter Inline-4 engine plus electric motor capable of generating 194 horsepower and 206 pound-feet of torque. It is coupled to a 6-speed automatic transmission.
Besides, its fuel economy is enhanced beyond what obtains in the previous version; fuel consumption during city drive is 34 mpg, while that for highway drive is 30 mpg. The 2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid will be presented as a front-wheel drive included with an Automatic Limited-Slip Differential; it can also be presented as four-wheel drive included with Dynamic Torque Control system.
Release Date and Price of the 2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid
Finally, the expected release date for 2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid is September 2017. However, the manufacturers have not made any revelation regarding the price, but there are indications that the price will start from $30,000 for the base trim level.