15 August 2018

Invasion of Toyota hybrids in 2019

New Camry hybrid

2019 will see the arrival of four new Toyota self-charging hybrid models including the new generation RAV4, Auris, and the return of the Camry as a hybrid after a 14-year absence, writes Trish Whelan. 

The fourth new hybrid model to come will be announced on Monday 3 of September. 

Prices and grade level details for all models will be available from Toyota dealers nationwide from 18 October this year. Deposits will be taken to guarantee early delivery in 191. However, given supply restrictions in Q1 2019, Toyota is encouraging customers not to delay and talk to their local Toyota dealer after 18 October to avoid disappointment.

Toyota will cease production of diesel passenger cars this year with hybrid now accounting for 52pc of its total car sales.

The Japanese car maker’s range of hybrid and petrol models will be based on the new Toyota design architecture TNGA. 

New RAV4
The new RAV4 hybrid will be sold only as a hybrid in Ireland. It arrives into Toyota dealers from the first week of January 2019. This fourth generation 2.5 litre hybrid is slightly wider and longer than before and offers more space and comfort in the cabin, as well as increased luggage space of up to 580 litres. It will have an updated infotainment system in the guise of an updated version of Toyota Touch 2 with 3D sat-nav mapping, voice recognition and phone connectivity. 

New Auris hybrid
The new generation Auris hybrid C-segment car will have a very individual look with a lower stance and more appealing proportions, according to Toyota Ireland. The 2019 Auris has a 40mm longer wheelbase but its height has been lowered by 25mm. The Touring Sport will be considerably longer wheelbase than the outgoing model by 100mm. First arrivals are due the third week in January. The 2.0 hybrid with 180hp will have more power and steering wheel mounted paddles.

The new Camry Hybrid (pictured above) won’t be here until early April 2019 but pricing will be released on 18 October. Over 550 Irish drivers have already expressed an interest in this new model. However, planned supply is 300 to 400 for next year. A newly developed 2.5 hybrid engine has a power output of 218hp.