Toyota RAV4 plug-in hybrid: 38-mile EV range and 29g/km CO2 promised

Plug-in version of RAV4 Hybrid to offer 302bhp power output for a 0-62mph time of 6.2 seconds

Toyota RAV4

plug-in hybrid version of the Toyota RAV4 SUV will be added to the range in 2020, offering sub-29g/km CO2 emissions, a 38-mile electric range and a 302bhp power output for a 0-62mph time of 6.2 seconds.

First unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show in December 2018, it unsurprisingly promises greater electric driving range and stronger acceleration than the standard, non-plug-in RAV4 and will be capable of travelling at up to 84mph in pure-electric mode.

That 302bhp total power output from the engine and electric motor makes this the most powerful RAV4 yet produced by Toyota. The plug-in hybrid uses the same 2.5-litre petrol engine as the existing RAV4, but a new, high-capacity lithium-ion battery has been developed for the car.

Toyota says the emissions and electric-range numbers are pre-homologation and subject to final confirmation, but should be pretty close to the eventual official figures.

The RAV4 plug-in will feature four driver modes to enable the driver to have full control over whether to use the battery's energy, save it or combine it with the petrol engine's output in the most efficient possible fashion.

Luggage capacity will be 520 litres – 60 litres down on the regular RAV4 – with the battery being located entirely under the floor to minimise intrusion.

Elsewhere, the heat-pump air-conditioning initially developed for the current Prius Plug-In has been adapted for use here. This sees the hybrid battery being cooled by the air-conditioning's refrigerant and also absorbs heat from the air outside to warm the cabin when needed.

Sales of the new RAV4 plug-in hybrid in the UK will commence at some point in the second half of 2020. Exact UK specifications and pricing will be confirmed in due course.

Key features available on at least some of the trim levels will include 19-inch alloys, heated front and rear seats, a two-tone exterior paint finish, a powered tailgate with hands-free kick sensor, a panoramic roof, a head-up display, a nine-inch display touchscreen and the latest Toyota multimedia package with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration.