The Toyota RAV4 was recently tested in India, which makes us wonder if the Janese automaker could introduce the SUV to our market. There was several reports Early last year who claimed that Toyota I was actually considering rolling out the RAV4 in India in mid-2021. The RAV4 is one of Toyota’s most popular models in the world market and is currently in its fifth generation. It’s a hybrid backed by Toyota’s TNGA-K platform, just like the current generation Toyota Camry.
This test mule, which has been tested on our streets, has a badge on the front fender, which is not clearly visible in this picture. probably says “hybrid”. The inside of the Toyota logo on the tailgate is also given a chimney finish – another indicator that it is a hybrid. The Toyota RAV4 is a very distinct looking SUV, especially in its face with its multitude of layers. It has a crossover stance but still looks SUV enough thanks to the flared wheel arches and upright hood.
This picture also gives us a little glimpse into the cabin of the RAV4, where the edge of the freestanding touchscreen is visible on the dashboard. Inside, the RAV4 has a very personable and conventional dashboard layout. The design is conservative and safe, certainly not as polarizing as the exterior. A large floating touchscreen is at the center of the dashboard, followed by a stack of controls for HVAC below. The center console, the steering wheel and the instrument cluster are also very conventionally designed.
Internationally, the Toyota RAV4 is available with a range of powertrain options including gasoline, hybrid and plug-in hybrids only. Just like the spotted test mule, we expect it will be the hybrid engine that makes it to India. The RAV4 Hybrid is powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder Atkinson petrol engine that is combined with an electric motor. In two-wheel drive configurations, this powertrain produces 218 horsepower, while in all-wheel drive configurations it produces 222 horsepower.
Incidentally, this is the same powertrain that is currently on the Toyota Camry Hybrid in India. If Toyota is considering bringing the RAV4 to India, it will come to our country via the CBU route under the import quota of 2,500 units, eliminating the need for homologation. However, due to the full import, prices could be in the region of 60 lakh INR (ex showroom). That’s pretty steep given the size and position of the vehicle.