Toyota RAV4 Hybrid GR Sport arrives in Europe

Toyota RAV4 Hybrid GR Sport arrives in Europe

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With the Toyota GR Corolla arriving at showrooms as you read this, the Gazoo Racing brand is picking up a lot of steam. Toyota even released a series of exciting ads full of tire smoke and classic Aichi sports cars welcoming it into the Gazoo family. GR is being positioned as the pinnacle of Toyota performance, and with siblings like the GR86 and GR Supra, who could argue? Many mainstream brands don't even offer one choice for enthusiasts, much less three.

Elsewhere in the world, however, the relatively young GR label is already being pimped out to makeover otherwise pedestrian cars. The latest example of this is Europe's 2022 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid GR Sport. It gets some styling and suspension tweaks and the imprimatur of the GR badge to spice up the capable but commonplace mid-size crossover.


Toyota is offering the GR Sport package on both hybrid-electric and plug-in hybrid versions of the RAV4. Shell out for it and you'll get wheel arch cladding, side trim, and trunk garnish in gloss black instead of flat. A honeycomb pattern in the grille and fog light housings, as well as a chin spoiler — black to denote the standard hybrid and gunmetal on the PHEV — add to the visual punch. Gloss black-finished 19-inch wheels are said to be Toyota's first made from a new line-cutting process that gives each spoke a thin, machined pinstripe contouring its spokes.

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