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Toyota's RAV4 soon to be available as a hybrid (pictures)

The fourth-generation Toyota RAV4 gains a new power train option with the announcement of the 2016 RAV4 hybrid at the New York International Auto Show.

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The fourth-generation Toyota RAV4 gains a new power train option with the announcement of the 2016 RAV4 hybrid at the 2015 New York International Auto Show.

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Along with the new hybrid model, the entire line of RAV4 trim levels gets a visual and content refresh.

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The new front end is, for lack of a better term, squintier. The smaller headlamps and new frowny face bring the RAV4's fascia in line with the new Corolla and Camry.

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Around back, the rear end also gets a few subtler tweaks.

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The profile hasn't changed much, but that's to be expected with a midcycle refresh.

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The big news is the addition of Hybrid XLE and Hybrid Limited trim levels.

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All Hybrid models are equipped with Toyota's AWD-i, an on-demand system that uses an electric motor at the rear axle to provide all-wheel drive torque.

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Hybrid models sit at the top of the RAV4 lineup.

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Inside, we see small tweaks to the interior design, including improved materials and a revised cupholder design.

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All 2016 models (except LE) feature a new leather steering wheel.

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At the base of the center stack are the buttons that toggle the hybrid's EV, Eco and Power drive modes. Here you'll also find the new front USB port.

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In the dashboard, the small SUV gains a 7-inch infotainment option.

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The upper dashboard and door panels now feature new soft-touch materials.

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RAV4 will also offer a new Bird’s Eye View Monitor.

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The Bird's Eye system stitches together feeds from four cameras mounted around the RAV4 to give a 360-degree view.

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The new headlamps are smaller and shaped to flow into the narrower upper grille opening.

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As it shares basic underpinnings with the Lexus NX, we expect that the new RAV4 Hybrid will feature a similar power train to the NX300h.

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Expect a 2.4-liter Atkinson cycle gasoline engine mated with a pair of electric motors (one up front and one at the rear axle).

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Total system horsepower should be somewhere in the 190-200 horsepower range.

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Fuel economy should also be in line with the NX 300h's 33 combined mpg.

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The new taillights feature LED "ribbon" lights inside of a clear housing.

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The engine room for the rest of the RAV4 line remains unchanged for the 2016 model year.

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That means it uses a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine that makes 176 horsepower and 172 pound-feet of torque.

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All-wheel drive is also available with the conventional power train, but front drive is the standard setup.

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The SE trim level for the conventional RAV4 joins the line for 2016, bringing with it a sport-tuned suspension.

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A new Toyota Safety System (TSS) package bundles precollision warning, lane departure alert, automatic high beams, a pedestrian warning system and adaptive cruise control.

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