I registered on these forums just for this car.
My 2004 Prius got totalled last month in a rear-ender, so I'd been looking for a replacement. My wife preferred a small SUV, but I kinda wanted another Prius of some sort. We considered the RAV4 but somehow we just felt that it needed a hybrid version. In the end I replaced my totalled car with a Prius Plug-in, but decided that we would probably get a RAV4 for the wife, to replace her aging Yaris.
She test drove the RAV4 and we were tempted by the current cash incentives (CAD$1500 in Canada), but ultimately we decided to hold off to see what late 2015 or early 2016 would bring.
There were some articles suggesting the existence of a RAV4 hybrid but most of those articles were bogus sounding. However, there was an article from 2012 which seemed at least a little bit legit that indicated Toyota was working on it.
Toyota plans new Prius variants | Autocar
Furthermore, Lexus has just released the NX 300h, and Toyota just announced they're discontinuing the Venza here. The Venza has a price point that fits nicely for those in the market of a RAV4 hybrid IMO. So, there were too many clues for us not to wait. I'm sure glad we did.
Originally Posted by Octane
I have a feeling the AWD won't get the hybrid option...
I'd be surprised if it doesn't get the AWD. At least for Canada, the AWD is an extremely popular option. If the hybrid isn't AWD, then it will make it significantly less attractive to us.