Speaking to Auto Express at the show, RAV4 Deputy Chief Engineer Yoshikazu Saeki said that the new car has been developed around three pillars, “an active exterior design, high interior quality and dynamic handling.”
And while he said that there’s no plan to offer a seven-seat version of the RAV4, or to offer a smaller, Nissan Juke-rivalling model, leveraging the well-known and successful RAV4 brand, he did say that a hybrid “would not be difficult to do.”
Saeki-san added: “We are watching the market. After introducing the new RAV4 we will see. There will be a possibility of introducing a hybrid RAV4 and we will respond to what the market wants.”
Toyota already offers a hybrid SUV in some markets. The Highlander is a little larger than the RAV4, giving plenty of space in the firm’s global car line-up, should a market be identified for a hybrid version of the RAV4.