Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) has introduced a duo of new hybrid variants to its local RAV4 line-up, with the latest additions sporting all-wheel-drive drivetrains and upgraded spec. See pricing below…


Available in GX-R and top-tier VX trim grades, both models are powered by the Japanese automaker’s 2.5-litre hybrid powertrain. The petrol-electric unit comprises two electric motors (sited on the fore and aft axles, respectively) for an all-wheel-drive layout. The hybrid engine produces 163 kW, which is directed to the firm’s E-Four set-up via a CVT transmission. 

According to Toyota, the electrified naturally aspirated arrangement sips only 4.8 L/100 km. Match this figure, and the 55-litre fuel tank is good for 1 145 km before a fuel stop is required. In addition, the E-Four models provide an unbraked towing capacity of 750 km and braked towing capacity of 1 000 kg. 

In terms of spec, TSAM has revised the available trim levels, ditching base-spec GX to now feature only GX-R and VX grades. Taking a more adventure-focused approach, GX-R models come equipped with LED headlamps, replete with daytime-running lights; fog lamps; roof rails; and, for the hybrid variant, 18-inch alloy wheels.

Inside, the GX-R is fitted with touchscreen infotainment, complete with screen mirroring; dual-zone climate; heated and ventilated front pews; wireless smartphone charging; and a reverse-view camera, supplemented by park-distance sensors, among others. The cabin is trimmed in leather. 

VX derivatives gain electric adjustability for both the driver’s and front passenger’s seats (the GX-R features only an electric adjustable driver’s pew); heated front seats (ventilation is exclusive to the GX-R); panoramic monitor and a digital rear-view mirror. 

As standard, the RAV4 ships with a six services/90 000 km service plan. A three-year/100 000 km warranty is included, while hybrid models gain an eight-year/195 000 km warranty for the hybrid battery. 

Toyota RAV4 pricing:

  • 2.0 GX-R CVT AWD: R606 600
  • 2.5 GX-R CVT Hybrid E-Four: R644 100
  • 2.0 VX CVT 2WD: R617 000
  • 2.5 VX AT AWD: R702 300
  • 2.5 VX CVT Hybrid E-Four: R723 200