By Otsile Kadiege
Today Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) added a new RAV4 2.5 CVT GX hybrid derivate to the current generation Toyota RAV4 range. The Japanese automaker is targeting consumers who want a comfortable, practical, reliable and fuel-efficient that won’t break the bank. This is also true with the newly launched Corolla Xs CVT Hybrid is priced from R419,900.
The new hybrid RAV4 is powered by a 2.5-litre 4-cylinder petrol engine shared with Lexus stablemates like the NX 300h. Together with the electric motor, the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid has a total output of 160 kW and 202 Nm. It’s paired to a CVT transmission and has a top speed of 200 km/h.
The Hybrid pays dividends at the fuel pump too, as the model’s fuel consumption index is listed at mere 4.7 l/100 km with CO2 emissions registering 107 g/km. A remarkable consumption figure for a 5-seater SUV.
To help make the new RAV4 Hybrid attainable it’s only available in one grade – GX trim – which strikes a balance between core convenience spec, value for money and luxury convenience. The RAV4 Hybrid boasts daytime running lights (DRLs), angular LED headlights, LED tail lights and a choice of 7 exterior body colours to choose from.
The RAV4 Hybrid rides on 17-inch alloy wheels with 225-65-R17 rubber joined by a full-size spare wheel. Roof rails, a rear spoiler, blue Toyota insignia, Hybrid badging and mud guards also form part of the standard repertoire.
Inside, the RAV4 Hybrid gets dual-zone climate control, three 12-volt power outlets, 3 X USB ports, an infotainment system featuring Android Auto and Apple and multiple cup holders. Driver convenience is boosted by the fitment of Cruise Control, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, multi-information display and a tilt & telescopic steering wheel finished in leather and incorporating steering switches.
The RAV4 GX Hybrid CVT is priced at R555,300 and comes with the automaker’s six-services or 90,000 km service plan, Toyota’s standard 3-year/100,000 km warranty and an 8-year / 195,000 km Hybrid battery warranty.
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