World’s best-seller Toyota RAV4 Hybrid SUV coming to India in 2021

The Toyota RAV4 Hybrid compact SUV will be launched in India in the middle of 2021 (May-August 2021), as per a new report from autocarindia.com. The Toyota RAV4 is the world’s best-selling SUV and also one of the top 5 passenger vehicles in terms of sales globally.

Introduced in 1994, the Toyota RAV4 has seen a cumulative sales of more than 10 million units worldwide. In March 2018, it entered its fifth generation and adopted a compelling exterior design. The interior design isn’t the ‘best’ in its segment, but it is contemporary and puts an emphasis on function over form.

Toyota RAV4 Hybrid specs

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The fifth-gen Toyota RAV4 (including the Hybrid variant) sits on the GA-K platform that belongs to the TNGA family. It measures 4,600 mm in length, 1,855 mm in width and 1,685 mm in height. So, it’s bigger than the Jeep Compass and the Hyundai Tucson, about the size of the MG Hector and the Tata Harrier. It has 2,690 mm wheelbase, but a six-seat or seven-seat option is not available.

AspectToyota RAV4 HybridTata HarrierMG Hector
Length4,600 mm4,598 mm4,655 mm
Width1,855 mm1,894 mm1,835 mm
Height1,685 mm1,706 mm1,760 mm
Wheelbase2,690 mm2,741 mm2,750 mm
Seating Capacity55 (Tata Gravitas – 6/7)5 (MG Hector Plus – 6)
If not judged on price, the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid would be an alternative to the Tata Harrier and the MG Hector.

The new Toyota RAV4 Hybrid is available in FWD and AWD drivetrain layouts. The FWD variant uses the A25A-FXS 2.5-litre engine (178 PS/221 Nm) along with the 8NM electric motor (120 PS/202 Nm) to spin the wheels. The AWD variant adds the 4NM electric motor (54 PS/121 Nm) to the mix, on the rear axle. Up to 80% of the torque is sent to the rear wheels automatically if required. The net power of the hybrid system is 218 PS in the FWD variant and 222 PS in the AWD variant. Look forward to a promising fuel economy of over 20 km/l in real-world driving conditions.

Toyota RAV4 Hybrid interior dashboard XA50
The Toyota RAV4 is the world’s best-selling SUV and is among the Top 5 best-selling cars.

Toyota RAV4 Hybrid features

Projector LED headlights, 18-inch alloy wheels, LED taillights, panoramic sunroof, 8-inch Toyota Touch 2 touchscreen infotainment system, 360-degree camera, Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, 9-speaker JBL sound system, are some of the main Toyota RAV4 Hybrid features.

Toyota RAV4 Hybrid price

The Toyota RAV4 Hybrid is a compact SUV affordable to the middle class in most countries, but in India, it will be a pricey affair aimed at the rich. If imported under the 2,500-unit non-homologated quota and cost about INR 60 lakh (ex-showroom). If the RAV4 is a CKD assembly, the price could come down considerably. Either way, TKM may have a sales projection of a few hundred units in its year of launch.

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