Toyota won’t sit still and let other companies take over the new compact pickup market. Ford Maverick started the new trucking chapter, and so far, only Hyundai responded with Santa Cruz. We assume other truckmakers will build their vehicles for this segment as well. You could read our reviews of Chevy El Camino and Dodge Dakota as potential rivals. Now, we are getting signals about the 2024 Toyota RAV4 truck.
This is not a bad idea. The crossover is a best-seller, for many reasons. First of all, the vehicle is versatile. Then, you can find highly-efficient drivetrains across the lineup. And finally, Toyota is a proven truckmaker and a leader in other segments with Tacoma and Tundra. Also, the Hilux is the best-selling truck globally.
2024 Toyota RAV4 Truck Specs
The strongest side of the Rav4 crossover is its engine lineup. Potent and efficient drivetrains are the reason why this model sells so well. The company will carry over some of the options to the 2024 Toyota RAV4 truck. For example, a 200-hp rated four-cylinder engine seems to be the perfect mill for a compact truck. More important is the towing capacity. Properly equipped, the Rav4 can haul up to 3,500 pounds. The standard configuration allows the crossover to tow 1,500 lbs. Front-wheel drive is standard and AWD optional. Gas mileage is also vital for the new segment in the pickup market. The truck will be modified, so we can’t compare its fuel economy to the existing crossover, which returns 30 mpg combined. That is perfect for deliveries in urban areas.
When we heard about the 2024 Toyota RAV4 truck, our first thought was a hybrid engine. Well, this system brought novelties to the compact crossover segment. Rav4 was not the first model to use it, but with it, Toyota brought into 40+ mpg class. After that, the company built a mighty PHEV setup that kept high gas mileage results, while adding extra power. If the pickup inherits the Prime package, it will be more powerful than Tacoma. A 2.5-liter engine is the main source of power for all those combinations, while an automatic gearbox shifts power to either front or all wheels. It will be interesting to see a hybrid pickup and how it compares to the classic configurations.
2024 Toyota RAV4 Truck Release Date
The new model is yet to be confirmed. But, strong rumors indicate something is going on. Even if the 2024 Toyota RAV4 truck doesn’t show up, Toyota will enter the compact pickup segment with some other nameplate. The crossover is the good starting point, since such vehicles don’t require ladder frame. Still, the process of turning the crossover into the pickup is not so simple. You can’t just cut the cabin and make bed behind front seats. Nevertheless, that is a whole idea of the RAV4 truck. Plus, the fuel economy savings.
The price of the new pickup will be around $25,000. It will offer similar options to its sibling from the crossover lineup. Upgraded TRD package might be available. But, the main purpose of the Rav4 pickup is to deliver small batches to locations in the urban areas.