This will arguably be the most important Toyota ever.
Australian outlet Drive has discovered insider "planning information" that shows an all-new Toyota RAV4 is coming in late 2024 or early 2025. This rumor makes sense timing-wise as the current 2023 Toyota RAV4 fifth-generation model debuted almost five years ago in 2018. By 2025, the RAV4 will be due for a full update. This would be a slightly longer timeline than the fourth-generation RAV4, which was sold from 2012 to 2018.
Toyota recently updated the RAV4 for 2023 with an updated infotainment system and a new Woodland Edition trim. With these changes, the RAV4 remains competitive with newer compact crossovers like the redesigned Honda CR-V and Kia Sportage. Order books are so backed up in the Australian market buyers may not receive their cars for up to two years, meaning some reservation holders could end up with the next-generation RAV4.
Little information is known about the next RAV4 except for its anticipated arrival timeline. Based on Toyota's recent history, we wouldn't be shocked to see the new model use a carryover platform, since the current TNGA-K architecture is still modern and competitive, with mildly updated powertrains. Some rumors suggest Toyota will drop the gas-only model and make the hybrid standard, but this is unconfirmed. Expect to see other improvements like a larger touchscreen and interior updates.
The RAV4 does not currently use the fifth-generation Toyota hybrid system used in the new Prius. This system uses more powerful electric motors that could improve the RAV4 Hybrid's output from the current 219 horsepower rating. The RAV4 Prime could also receive a power boost.
If these rumors are true, we likely won't hear anything official about the new RAV4 until next year. For now, Toyota is more focused on launching the new Grand Highlander model and possibly revealing the next-generation Tacoma pickup truck.
With Toyota set to reach 50% EV sales by 2030, there is a strong chance that the sixth-generation RAV4 could be the last one to burn gasoline.
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