Toyota reveals RAV4 Plug-In Hybrid

Fuel sipping RAV4 Plug-in Hybrid packs 302bhp and can cover 38 miles on electric power

Toyota has launched the RAV4 Plug-in Hybrid. It’s the most powerful and most fuel-efficient RAV4 to date, sporting a 302bhp powertrain and capable of covering 38 miles on fully electric power. First deliveries are expected in the second half of 2020.

The plug-in hybrid SUV is powered by a 2.5-litre four-cylinder Atkinson Cycle petrol engine, a lithium-ion battery pack and a pair of electric motors. The system’s combined output of 302bhp gives the RAV4 a claimed 0–62mph time of 6.2 seconds and a best in-class all-electric range of 38 miles.

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Like the standard RAV4 hybrid, the PHEV model features Toyota’s electric all-wheel-drive system, with the combustion engine and front electric motor powering the front axle, and a separate rear-mounted electric motor powering the rear axle. Both motors also feature regenerative braking to charge the battery – the severity of which can be selected using a pair of paddle shifters mounted to the steering wheel.

Positioned as the flagship variant of the SUV’s line-up, it will feature a handful of styling revisions and plenty of standard equipment. Features and options will include 19-inch alloy wheels, heated front and rear seats, a bi-tone exterior paint finish, automatic tailgate, panoramic roof, head-up display, nine-inch infotainment system that is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration.

Toyota has also fitted the RAV4 Plug-in with a host of standard safety equipment, including lane departure warning with steering assist, automatic high beam assist, automatic adaptive cruise control, road sign assist and a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection.

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