Toyota to unveil new RAV4 Hybrid in New York
Toyota is finally prepared to introduce the hybrid version of its RAV4.
The company has released a teaser image showing the back end of the hybrid compact crossover, which will be formally unveiled at the New York auto show.
Rumors surrounding the project have circulated for years, and a Toyota executive even hinted that the company was gauging demand at least as far back as 2012 when the current generation was introduced.
Additional details are unclear, though the previous reports hint at a powertrain borrowed from the Camry Hybrid. If true, the crossover will be pair a 2.5-liter Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder engine with an electric motor, good for a combined output of 200 horsepower.
FYI....The RAV4 is already outselling the Escape. But so is the CR-V, and the Nissan Rogue is just 3k units behind and catching up.
Escape is down -3.8% while RAV4 is up 25.3%, CR-V is up 16.7% and Rogue is up 19.5%.
It may be coming clear that Ford needs to start designing vehicles specifically for the NA market(like they do for China), instead of modifying too small UK/European/global models for the US.
Fiesta: too small...larger Nissan Versa dominates the US market
Focus: too small...larger Corolla, Civic and Cruze dominate by a growing margin
Escape: too small...larger CR-V, RAV4 dominate the market by growing margin
Ford knows this which is why they had offered a 'retrofit' with the new larger Escort, where the Focus was being hammered by the larger Jetta.
Oh...and where is the hybrid drivetrain for the Escape?