Toyota RAV4 Indian launch plan, a testimony to TKM’s focus on hybrids

With subsidy, special GST among other benefits, the Indian government may be pushing automakers to jump from ICE vehicles to pure EVs, but Toyota Kirloskar Motor is taking a different path. The company will gradually move to pure EVs by launching self-charging electric cars first – mild and strong hybrids – as it waits for the charging infrastructure in the country to build up. These self-charging vehicles will include a pricey Toyota RAV4 Hybrid.

The Toyota RAV4 India launch (petrol-hybrid) will happen in the middle of 2021 (May-August 2021), as per a report from 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 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 path-breaking, but it is contemporary and puts an emphasis on function over form.

Toyota RAV4 Hybrid specs

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The fifth-gen 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. While the Toyota RAV4 is available in a petrol variant as well, the Toyota RAV4 India will get is only the Hybrid.

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)
The tabular column is not a direct comparison but to provide an idea of the size of the Toyota hybrid car.

The 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 conditions.

Toyota RAV4 Hybrid interior dashboard XA50
The RAV4 is the world’s best-selling SUV and is among the Top 5 best-selling cars. The Toyota RAV4 India launch may excite only the rich and expats who love their Toyota SUVs due to its steep price.

On the Toyota RAV4 Price & Features

What is the Toyota RAV4 hybrid price in India?

If imported under the 2,500-unit non-homologated quota, the RAV4 would cost about INR 60 lakh (ex-showroom).

What are the features of the Toyota RAV4?

Projector LED headlights, 18″ alloy wheels, panoramic sunroof, 8-inch Toyota Touch 2 touchscreen infotainment, 360-degree camera & 9-speaker JBL system.

The 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 Toyota aficionados. If the RAV4 is a CKD assembly, the Toyota RAV4 price in India could come down considerably. Either way, TKM may have a sales projection of a few hundred units of the Toyota RAV4 in India in the launch year.

Make-in-India Toyota hybrid car coming

Last month, Vikram Kirloskar, Vice Chairman, TKM, confirmed that the company will invest up to INR 3,000 crores this year (financial) and that a part of this investment will go towards electrification. In July, Shekar Viswanathan, Vice Chairman and Whole Time Director, had confirmed that an affordable Toyota hybrid car for India is planned.

By the close of 2022, TKM’s line-up may include a locally manufactured hybrid sedan, possibly a next-gen Maruti Ciaz mechanical cousin, followed by the next-gen Toyota Innova hybrid. The company is likely to localise the Toyota Hybrid System (THS) for these models with the Lithium Ion batteries sourced from the TDSG factory in Gujarat.

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