Hybrid but no diesel in new Toyota RAV4 due next year
Toyota's new RAV4 will not have a diesel engine when it goes on sale here next year.
Instead there will be a hybrid and, possibly, a petrol for the Irish market.
The absence of a diesel underlines Toyota's decision to end sales of passenger cars with that power source by the end of 2018.
It looks like the RAV4's launch engines will be a 2.5-litre petrol-electric hybrid and a 2-litre petrol. Toyota claims both engines give the RAV4 better fuel economy and more power.
Built in Japan for Europe, there will also be 4WD versions of the popular SUV.
The new model was revealed at the New York show last week.
Sales here start in the first half of 2019, with a major emphasis on the hybrid.
At 4,600mm, the new car is 5mm shorter, but with a 30mm wheelbase increase there is more room inside. It is also 10mm wider (1,855mm).
The hybrid has an electrified rear axle that shifts power to the rear wheels independent of the engine, so space and weight are saved because there's no need for a propshaft.
However, in the 4WD system on the 2-litre petrol, there is a propshaft that disconnects from the engine to save fuel when the car is only driving the front wheels.