Toyota RAV4 Sapphire Hybrid concept unveiled

Toyota has introduced the RAV4 Hybrid Sapphire concept at the Geneva Motor Show.

Dressed in exclusive blue paint, the one-off model has a familiar design but is distinguished by body color bumpers, additional chrome trim, and unique 20-inch alloy wheels. Toyota says the latter changes give the crossover a “more assertive and premium look.”

Interior changes are fairly limited but the concept comes nicely equipped with black leather upholstery that features blue contrast stitching. Designers also installed piano black trim, Hybrid Blue accents, and chrome flourishes. Other highlights include a three-spoke steering wheel, an adjustable rear seat, and an infotainment system.

Like the standard model, the concept has a hybridized powertrain that consists of a 2.5-liter four-cylinder Atkinson Cycle engine, an electric motor, a nickel-metal hydride battery, and an electric continuously variable transmission. This enables the model to produce a combined output of 197 horsepower.

In terms of performance, drivers can expect to accelerate from 0-100 kilometers per hour in 8.3 seconds. More importantly, the model consumes 4.9 liters per 100 km and has CO2 of 115 grams per kilometer.

The RAV4 Hybrid Sapphire concept won’t be going into production but Toyota has announced plans to offer a new variant with additional body color components.

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