Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Might be in the Making

Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Might be in the Making

Still so hot off the press that it’s practically steaming, news of the 2013 Toyota RAV4’s debut last week might have been more than it seemed.

That’s because toil-hard Toyota is skipping any rest period and looking to the future for its popular small crossover. Some might be disappointed to learn that those plans won’t include differently-sized models, but Toyota has something even more interesting up its sleeve — a hybrid drivetrain.

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As a pioneer in that market, Toyota carries credibility in the hybrid world thanks to its Prius line. RAV4 deputy chief engineer  Yoshikazu Saeki told AutoExpress that building a hybridized version “would not be difficult to do.”

There aren’t firm plans in place to build such a car just yet, but Saeki said the company is watching the market closely to decide if the move makes sense.

[Source: AutoExpress]