Toyota pulled the wraps off its 2016 RAV4 Hybrid Thursday at the New York International Auto Show. It’s the eighth model to join Toyota’s hybrid family and will be among the first to get Toyota’s new low-cost Safety Sense automatic braking system. The new model gets updated styling, with a new front end, complete with new LED headlights. In the back, you’ll find a new rear bumper and new tail lights.
It will be available in two models, an XLE and a limited edition. Three color options include the one debuting Thursday, dubbed Electric Storm Blue. Toyota also says it’s made the crossover the quietest RAV4 yet, by adding 55 percent more noise reducing material to the floor. Drivers will also get a larger 7 inch touch screen entertainment system.
The new RAV4 also offers a birds eye view camera, that will give driver’s a panoramic view of their surroundings, which can help out in things like parking. There is also what Toyota calls an industry first perimeter scan, which is a live rotating 360 degree view of what’s around the vehicle.
Finally, there will be am SE grade for those looking for a sportier suspension. One way it will stand out is with 18 inch black wheels.
While we don’t have specific fuel economy numbers yet, Toyota vowed that it will boast segment leading numbers. Expect to see the RAV4 hybrid in dealer showrooms this Fall.
Safety Sense System
The Toyota Safety Sense system is centered around a pre-collision braking system that will be available on three different trim levels: one for compact cars, another for midsize and premium, and a third for its Lexus luxury brand.
The new RAV4 Hybrid and 2016 Avalon will be among the first to get it. They’ll get the middle of the road system dubbed Toyota Safety Sense P (TSS P). It pairs a camera with a precise millimeter-wave radar. You get automatic braking capabilities, plus the system can also detect pedestrians. It also comes with Automatic High Beam and Lane Departure Alert.
Toyota’s smaller, compact cars will have the Toyota Safety Sense C (TSS C) option. It gives you the basics, like Automatic High Beam and Lane Departure Alert, along with automatic braking. But it uses a laser radar instead of the TSS P’s millimeter-wave radar, and does not detect pedestrians.