Toyota teases 2016 RAV4 Hybrid for New York Auto Show

Toyota is being extremely enigmatic with its tease for the newly announced RAV4 Hybrid. The Japanese automaker merely has a photo of the model’s rear end with a visible hybrid badge on it. The only additional into tells us to look forward to the CUV’s debut in just a few days at the New York Auto Show on April 2.

Thankfully, Toyota’s teaser shot does give away a few more details about this new version of the RAV4. The LED taillights on display aren’t the regular ones that wrap around the back of the popular crossover. In the current design, the white portion is placed near the middle of the hatch, and there’s amber at the corner. Here, the indicator is clear and two strips of lights run towards the center.

The automaker has made its plan clear to sell even more crossovers in the near future, and the RAV4 has already been a strong mover for Toyota. The company shifted 267,698 of them in 2014, a year-over-year jump of 22.7 percent. Through February 2015, it has sold 41,767 examples of the CUV, a 25.3-percent improvement over the same period last year.

Still, the decision to launch a hybrid version of the RAV4 now is a bit surprising. The US market for the green segment was soft last year, and it hasn’t really turned around yet. Although, rumors of Toyota launching a greener variant of its popular CUV have been around for years. At that time, the company said it would monitor market demand, and maybe the people have spoken.

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A new hybrid joins the Toyota family. 2016 RAV4 Hybrid. See it April 2, 12:30 p.m. EDT at the New York International Auto Show.

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