The RAV4 Sapphire Hybrid
Toyota’s New Gem
The Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Sapphire has made its global debut at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. Based on the RAV4 already on sale in Europe, the special show car comes with a unique shade of blue.
The RAV4 Sapphire Hybrid is finished in a unique blue exterior color and features body colored bumpers and side sills. It’s a departure from current RAV4 vehicles, which have a wisp of black plastic cladding hugging the wheelbase. Instead, they receive an extra chrome trim, adorned with a RAV4 Hybrid Blue badge. The grille, too, receives some chrome trim, while 20-inch black alloys complete the exterior, giving the RAV4 Hybrid a more assertive and premium look.
The theme continues on the interior, which boasts new piano black trim and bright “hybrid blue” vents. Seats get black leather upholstery with blue stitching. Same treatment is seen on the dashboard and the steering wheel. Center console gets a piano black inserts while air vents are painted in blue. The attractive, diamond-quilted leather upholstery is already available on European RAV4 models.
Powering the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid is a full hybrid system. It features a 2.5 liter petrol engine and an electric motor which is powered by a nickel-metal hydride battery which is located under the seats. This setup powers the front wheels. There is also an AWD option, which gets additional 50 kW electric motor powering the rear wheels. Transmission is taken care by an E-CVT.
Total power output stands at 194 hp with a 0-100 kmph sprint time of 8.7 seconds while delivering a mileage of over 20 kmpl and 115g/Km CO2 emissions per km.
It’s not billed as a production vehicle but Toyota has stated that it showcases some changes that may soon be available on the production RAV4. A full body color version will be added to the catalog, whilst the leather seats are already available as an option today. Other design elements are to gauge customer reaction. The differences appear to be an effort to make the RAV4 look more upscale. In Europe, a vehicle of this class is much larger than the typical vehicle and is considered to be more upmarket than it would be in the U.S.
Toyota says that the RAV4 Sapphire Hybrid has been put out there to gauge customer reaction, though the full-body color RAV4 is already in the works. There was no word about whether these options would come to the U.S.
Even if the Sapphire is a long way off, you can still check out the RAV4 and other new Toyota models here at Elmhurst Toyota.