The RAV4 has always been in an odd position in Toyota Motor Philippines’ (TMP) local lineup. It competes in the compact crossover SUV segment that’s filled with the likes of the Honda CR-V, Mazda CX-5, and Subaru Forester, but this SUV has always been priced way above its competitors. But it seems that’s about to change with TMP introducing the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid this February.
“The rapid succession of Toyota’s HEV model introductions in the country is an indicator that Hybrid cars are now mainstream. Filipinos are ready for energy-efficient mobility options with less emissions, and Hybrids offer choices that are practical and ready to use in our existing infrastructure and road conditions,” said Sherwin Chualim, TMP’s First Vice President for Vehicle Sales Operations.
Just last December, TMP launched the new Camry Hybrid for the executive sedan segment. The launch of the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid will bring TMP’s total hybrid models to five, adding up to the pioneering Prius, Corolla Altis Hybrid, and Corolla Cross Hybrid.
Toyota has not confirmed any of its features and specifications, while for its engine, it will most likely be Toyota’s latest 2.5-liter Dynamic Force inline-4 gasoline engine and an electric motor. The hybrid version’s total system output is 215 hp and this is mated to an e-CVT.
TMP also confirmed that the RAV4 Hybrid will be priced at P2,157,000, which is significantly less than the top trim LTD variant they currently offer. We certainly hope that this won’t be at the expense of fewer features.