2025 Toyota RAV-4.
These recent illustrations from Australia’s WhichCar show what the next-generation 2025 Toyota RAV-4 could look like. For some reason, they seem to show 2 slightly different designs.
I know the off-road look is trendy right now. This trend is responsible for giving the Ford Bronco Sport tons of personality and improving the new 2025 Chevrolet Equinox. But I am not sure Toyota could change the RAV-4 that much.
Although they did when the current generation came out. The current model is actually a production version of the 2017 FT-AC Concept. Which was a pretty radical departure from what the RAV-4 looked like in 2017. I remember most people thinking the concept couldn’t really be a preview of the next RAV-4. But it was…
As we discussed before, Toyota could still choose to save a buck and just redesign the front end of the current RAV-4, update the interior, make the hybrid standard, and call it a day. Like they did with the 2025 Camry. Which would of course be a big mistake. Although with over 434,000 of them sold last year in the US alone, there are plenty of repeat customers who probably wouldn’t mind buying the same thing with a new interior.
On the other hand, competition is very fierce, around the world. The RAV-4 global sales number was still over 1 million. (1.07 million). Which was even more popular than the Corolla, the previous world’s best-seller for decades. But all these numbers have been crushed by Tesla in 2023, with 1.23 million units of the Tesla Model Y sold over the world in 2023 alone. I am pretty sure that a couple of years ago, Toyota didn’t see that coming. (no one else really did either…)
Toyota will need more than a slightly revised RAV-4 for 2025. But the illustrations above basically show a smaller version of the new 2024 Land Cruiser. Something that will probably not happen, since Toyota is also coming with a new generation 4 Runner soon. If anything could look like a smaller Land Cruiser, it should be the new 4 Runner.
Either way, it will be very interesting to see what Toyota will do with their best seller. And if they can steal the world’s best-selling car title back from Tesla next year…