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2018 Redesign?

I thought a year or two ago I read about the Rav4 being scheduled for a redesign in 2018. I'm starting to think I imagined it, because recently I can't find a credible source that makes the same claim. Does anyone know when the redesign might happen? I was thinking that if the hybrid Rav4 is successful (and it appears that it is), a redesign might give it its own base and flatten the cargo area.
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2018 or 2019 most likely, but nothing written in stone yet.

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I wouldn't assume that the HV will get a re-do in the same year as the gas model.

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Man the car is so nice as it is. I wonder what they'd upgrade.

Probably put a grille block on it.
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Lots of ways to improve the HV, a good start would be losing the hump in the rear deck as well as the lighter Li-ion battery pack instead of NiMH. The new TNGA platform will also result in changes, hopefully improvements.

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Unfortunately, the redesign, may not be an improvement. I have seen this happen so many times.

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Thanks! I managed to miss those.

I hadn't thought about the RAV4 HV and the gas Rav4 having different redesign dates. Really, the only major thing I'd like to change is a flat cargo area for the HV.
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The chief fact making the HV less expensive is the use of the standard Rav4 platform. That means the battery hump stays. A lithium battery sounds nice but with the necessary capacity you are again adding thousands to the price. NiMH batteries are going to stay with HV models for some years, there just aren't enough factories making Lithium to enable lower costs.

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Lots of ways to improve the HV, a good start would be losing the hump in the rear deck as well as the lighter Li-ion battery pack instead of NiMH. The new TNGA platform will also result in changes, hopefully improvements.
The 2018 Camry Hybrid will be on the TNGA platform and the battery has moved under the rear seat. Good chance the RAV4 will continue with that set up when it moves to TNGA. Pretty sure it will be minimal if any hump at all going forward as the present generation RAV hybrid added a battery where it could fit (sort of). I am hoping the design language will follow the Highlander and not the C-HR.

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Maybe the new design will consider full battery electric vehicles in the line up so 2018 might be pushed to 2019 to give ample time.

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