The Toyota RAV4 shouldn’t receive its next full redesign until the 2018 or 2019 model year, though it could see a so-called mid-cycle update for 2015 or 2016 to help maintain sales momentum. The vehicle’s basic size and shape shouldn’t change, however. Such updates usually include some mild styling tweaks, particularly to a vehicle’s front- and rear-end treatments, some interior revisions, new wheel designs, and a few new added or revised features.
We might see a turbocharged four-cylinder engine offered at some point to help fill the gap for performance-minded motorists left by the discontinued V-6 engine option. A smaller turbo-four might even be offered in a higher-mileage version.
The all-electric version of the RAV4 will likely continue to be sold in California to help Toyota meet that state’s EV requirements, and if demand swells and fuel costs increase sales may extend to other states as well. We could soon see a hybrid-powered model, perhaps offered as part of the Prius line, in addition to a luxury-minded and mildly restyled version of the RAV4 sold for the first time as a Lexus.