These models are fitted with petrol-hybrid engines that use “Atkinson-cycle” technology, and boast one of the lowest fuel consumption figures in their classes as a result.
Both vehicles will only be sold in one specification, and both are now available in South Africa.
The new RAV4 Hybrid comes in a slightly-improved GX specification – offering LED lights with daytime running lights, rain-sensing wipers, keyless entry, dual-zone climate control, a multifunction steering wheel, and cruise control.
It also receives a 7.0-inch infotainment display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support, which plays through six speakers.
Standard safety systems then include front and rear parking sensors, trailer sway control, hill assist control, ABS, and seven airbags.
Under the hood of the RAV4 Hybrid lies a 2.5-litre, petrol engine producing 131kW and 221Nm, alongside an electric motor that generates 88kW and 202Nm at its maximum state of charge.
However, the maximum total power for the vehicle will be 160kW, due to transmission reduction losses.
Power is delivered to the front wheels via a CVT transmission and combined fuel consumption is rated at 4.7l/100km.
Top speed for this hybrid SUV comes in at 200km/h – but Toyota has not revealed any official acceleration times.
The Corolla Hybrid is offered in a “mid-range” Xs specification, which includes automatic LED lights with daytime running lights, keyless entry, climate control, all-round electric windows, a reverse camera, a multifunction steering wheel, and cruise control.
It, too, comes with a 7.0-inch infotainment display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support, as well as a six-speaker system.
Powering this model is a 1.8-litre petrol engine connected to an electric motor which produces a combined system output of 90kW and over 163Nm.
Drive is handled by a CVT transmission, combined fuel consumption is pegged at 3.5l/100km, and top speed is rated at 180km/h.
The South African pricing for the new Toyota Hybrid models is as follows:
Each purchase includes a 3-year/100,000km warranty, a 6-services/90,000km service plan, and an 8-year/195,000km hybrid battery warranty.