Luke Wilkinson 2019-11-20 11:30
Toyota revealed a plug-in hybrid version of the RAV4 at this year’s LA Show, with almost 300bhp and an all-electric range of 39 miles
Toyota’s range of plug-in hybrid vehicles has expanded with the new RAV4 Prime. It’s the most powerful and most fuel-efficient RAV4 to date, sporting a 298bhp powertrain and a claimed economy figures of around 100mpg. First deliveries are expected in 2021.
The RAV4 Prime 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 298bhp gives the RAV4 a claimed 0–60mph time of 5.8 seconds and an all-electric range of 39 miles.
Like the 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.
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Exact UK specifications for the Toyota RAV4 Prime are yet to be confirmed but, as it’s positioned as the sporty flagship of the SUV’s line-up, it will feature a handful of styling revisions and plenty of standard equipment. American cars come as standard with 18-inch alloy wheels, a unique radiator grille design, piano black exterior trim, a new front splitter and a faux rear diffuser.
The US-spec base-model also features electrically adjustable and heated front seats as standard, as well as a leather steering wheel and an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment screen with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Amazon Alexa.
Toyota has also fitted the RAV4 Prime 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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