The fifth-generation of the Japanese machine was launched last year, but was initially offered in the UK with just one powertrain option: a 2.5-litre petrol-electric hybrid producing 215bhp in front-wheel-drive and 219bhp on all-wheel-drive models. Toyota says the new machine is the most powerful RAV4 – and the quickest alternatively fuelled Toyota – ever.
The new plug-in variant, which will be called the RAV4 Prime in North America, features all-wheel-drive as standard and uses the same 173bhp 2.5-litre petrol engine as the regular hybrid. That engine is mated to a larger battery and more powerful electric motor – although Toyota has yet to specify details of these. The new battery is a high-capacity lithium-ion unit, with the powertrain featuring a boost converter on the hybrid’s power control unit.