Toyota RAV4 plug-in hybrid 2020: PHEV SUV unveiled in Los Angeles
Toyota has revealed the plug-in hybrid version of the RAV4 SUV that will be added to its range in 2020.
Unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show, it unsurprisingly promises greater electric driving range and stronger acceleration than the standard, non-plug-in RAV4 Hybrid.
Total power from the engine and the electric motor will amount to 302bhp, making this the most powerful RAV4 yet produced by Toyota. The claimed 0-62mph acceleration time is 6.2 seconds.
Toyota is also estimating that this RAV4 will return a CO2 emissions figure of less than 30g/km and an electric driving range of 37 miles on the WLTP test cycle.
The plug-in hybrid uses the same 2.5-litre petrol engine as the regular hybrid RAV4, but a new high-capacity lithium-ion battery has been developed for the car, along with the addition of a boost converter to the hybrid system's power control unit.
As with nearly all current Toyota models, the RAV4 PHEV will be built on the TNGA (Toyota New Generation Architecture) platform, which also underpins the Corolla, Corolla Saloon and Corolla Touring Sports estate.
Sales of the new RAV4 plug-in hybrid in the UK will commence at some point in the second half of 2020.