may be hard at work on a new hybrid
version of the RAV4
reports the automaker is keeping a close eye on the CUV
segment to determine whether or not buyers would be receptive to the idea of a hybrid RAV4
. Yoshikazu Saeki, deputy chief engineer with the automaker, said that a hybrid
iteration wouldn't be difficult to do. Saeki spoke with AutoExpress
during the LA Auto Show
, and said that while Toyota
has no interest in building either a seven-seat version of the RAV4 or a sportier model along the lines of the Nissan Juke
, a hybrid isn't off the table.
"We are watching the market," Saeki said. "After introducing the new RAV4 we will see. There will be a possibility of introducing a hybrid RAV4 and we will respond to what the market wants."
Than again, we've heard these rumblings before
. Back in 2009, Toyota said almost the exact same thing after the Shanghai Motor Show
three years ago.