Brand ambassador for Toyota Ireland since 2010, retired rugby-rock, Paul O’Connell, has taken delivery of a 2019 self-charging hybrid Toyota RAV4. This 2019 model looks more robust than before, is available in front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive and transfers its power to the wheels automatically via continuously variable transmission (CVT).
The 2019 RAV4 hybrid features a new in-line, four-cylinder 2.5 litre engine and has a 10mm wider and 30mm longer wheelbase than its predecessor. On the road it is great company, with good driving dynamics, coupled to a very inviting interior, with space for five plus boot space of 542 litres.
Speaking on his switch from diesel to hybrid, Paul O’Connell said:“Making the switch to a hybrid was a no brainer for me. In recent times I think we have all become more aware of our carbon footprint and the negative affect diesel can have on our environment. The RAV4 is a superb cross over SUV, with lower fuel emissions, low maintenance costs and a smoother driving experience.”
In 2018, Toyota made the decision to abandon diesel models from passenger cars, instead choosing to focus on self-charging hybrid as the immediate solution towards electrification.
Steve Tormey Toyota Ireland CEO commented; “At Toyota Ireland we are proud to have phased out the production of diesel passenger cars. As leaders in self-charging hybrid technology, we are delighted to have Paul O’Connell lead the charge by driving hybrid. It is amazing to see well-known Irish figures join the hybrid revolution with us. Together, we hope to continue creating a better world!”
Available in three grade options (Luna, Sol and Sport), the RAV4 has a price point starting from €37,915. For more information on the Toyota RAV4 visit www.toyota.ie