Electrified rollout to start next year with all-new RAV4, with four more to follow – but we don’t know exactly what just yet.
Toyota Australia has confirmed it will bring five new hybrid models to our market before mid-2020, on the back of “stronger-than-expected” demand for the petrol-electric Camry.
First cab off the rank will be the new-generation RAV4 SUV, due during the first half of 2019, joining the hybrid versions of the Camry, Corolla hatch, and Prius family Down Under.
The Japanese brand is yet to divulge exactly which of its model lines will fill the other four spots in the local hybrid stable, though a look at Toyota’s international portfolio could provide some clues.
Globally, the company sells hybrid versions of both the C-HR and Kluger (Highlander) SUVs, both being strong sellers locally and logical candidates given their lack of diesel options in addition to our region’s growing hunger for crossover models – in its press release, Toyota notes the hybrid models will cover “both passenger cars and SUVs”.
As for the other two upcoming hybrid offerings? The upcoming new-generation Corolla sedan would be our next guess, though that is still yet to be revealed in production form.
Above: Toyota Camry hybrid
Finally, the fifth new electrified model to join Toyota Australia’s line-up could be the Yaris light car, which is offered as a hybrid overseas in its current form and is also due for a generational update very soon. It’s also a strong seller despite its segment declining as a whole, sitting in second place for the month of September behind the Hyundai Accent.
“Toyota Australia is committed to launching five all-new hybrid vehicles as we introduce next-generation passenger cars and SUVs between now and mid-2020 – and more will follow,” said Sean Hanley, vice president for Toyota’s local division.
“No matter what happens with petrol prices, Toyota offers motorists a way to save on their fuel bill by opting for vehicles featuring its hybrid technology.”
Since the original Prius launched in Japan in 1997, Toyota has sold “more than 12 million” hybrid-powered vehicles globally.
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