The RAV4 was one of the most sensible SUVs out there, offering good cargo and passenger space and also a decent off-road performance. However, the latest model was quite lacking in the off-road department. The 2016 Toyota RAV4 though is looking to change all that especially after Toyota said that their new model is going to be a complete car which will meet all its customer’s demands.
We are expecting that this new 2016 Toyota RAV4 to use a brand new modular platform, being one of the first cars to use it. This will allow Toyota to invest a lot more in the car without worrying that it will all be in vain. The design will change dramatically and so are the engines but the most important change will most likely be the running gear which will get a brand new all wheel drive system. We don’t know the price of the car just yet but it will likely cost just as much as the current one.
2016 Toyota RAV4 Specs
Engine wise we expect Toyota to drop the already aging 2.5 liter inline 4 from the US market in the favor of much more efficient and powerful engines. Two good candidates are the new 1.5 and 2 liter engines developed in collaboration with BMW. The base 1.5 liter engine would provide around 180 horsepower and it would only be available with a 6 or 8 speed automatic and front wheel drive while the more powerful version will likely be able to provide a bit more than 250 horsepower which would make the RAV4 a really competitive car.
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A hybrid is still unknown as of now but we expect Toyota to provide such a car in the near future which will most likely use a similar powertrain to the new version of the Prius.
2016 Toyota RAV4 interior
On the interior things are going to be a bit more different than under the hood and that’s because the older car was near perfection. The 2016 Toyota RAV4 will likely borrow a lot from its layout but it will also add a few new materials such as real aluminum and leather as well as it will provide a new infotainment system which will not only be cheaper but also a lot easier to use.
Just as we said before, the outside of the car is going to be the biggest change on the new 2016 Toyota RAV4. The front of the car will likely get a whole new design which from the early renders and news it is likely to be very similar to that of the 2016 Prius, with angular shapes, triangular headlights and a very aggressive shape in general. At the back things are likely to be a bit more conservative in order to keep the balance of the design in check.
2016 Toyota RAV4 Colors
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