Toyota can boast, without false modesty, being the car brand that is driving the most hybrid alternatives in Mexico. Just last year they managed to sell more than 11,000 units of this type, and all indications are that 2019 will continue the growth, largely thanks to the introduction of the new generation of the Toyota RAV4 , which does not discriminate between traditional versions or hybrid to time to perform in South Africa .
Lets find out how the Japanese firm manages to materialize the qualities of the TNGA platform in a hybrid vehicle of the C-SUV segment, without penalizing comfort, space or style … because yes, the RAV4 reinvents itself with a better defined personality than ever.
RAV4 Hybrid dresses in style
The RAV4 Hybrid’s new generation is born out of a blank sheet, though its design is unmistakably Toyota. He flirts with a risky style from several angles, just as the brand likes. Its robust architecture philosophy seems to be inherited from the in-house pick-ups, with raised headlights, wide air intakes, plenty of vertex bumpers and, of course, a high waist
There are a few unpainted plastic pieces to highlight its off-road character and hide some scratches when somebody wants to venture off the road. It also features sporty or stylish accessories, as the case may be, such as 17-inch wheels, the separate medallion bumper, and headlights and skulls with LED lighting.
What I find most interesting about the RAV4 Hybrid is visually that it’s not a Prius. Let me explain: To achieve good aerodynamic performance, you don’t need an extravagant design to boast its efficiency or unusual lines. Since its inception, this SUV has been developed for sale with traditional or hybrid thrusters, with no major effects on its appearance or cabin space use.
As we saw in other Toyota models, such as the Camry Hybrid, the batteries are mounted under the rear seats, keeping the trunk volume of 733 liters intact — the same as for all variants. Passenger accommodation is also unaffected. To tell the truth, one of the RAV4 2019 cabin’s main qualities is its habitability;
There is sufficient head and leg space, but in the back seat for the shoulder space three people might be riding uncomfortably. It helps to make the central tunnel relatively square. There are air conditioning vents in the second row, and two USB charging ports.