New version of fifth-generation SUV will offer 37 miles of electric-only running
James Attwood, digital editor
20 November 2019

Toyota has unveiled the RAV4 Plug-in Hybrid at the Los Angeles motor show, featuring a 298bhp powertrain capable of more than 37 miles of electric-only running. 

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.

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Toyota says the system produces 298bhp in total and can achieve 0-62mph in 6.2secs, and enables the RAV4 Plug-in Hybrid to deliver “best-in-class CO2 emissions and fuel economy”, although it has not given specific figures. However, it claims that ‘WLTP-standard data’ indicates the machine will have CO2 emissions of less than 30g/km.

In the US, the RAV4 Prime will be offered with a range of driver assistance features including a colour head-up display for the first time.

The RAV4 Plug-in Hybrid is due to go on sale early next year with deliveries set for the second half of 2020. A UK release date and pricing details have not been confirmed yet, although it is likely that it will cost more than the current model, which starts from £29,635 in front-drive form.

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11 October 2019

Packaging is clever on the non PHEV one as it is, with a big boot and spare wheel onboard, plenty of foot room front and back even with the AWD rear motor axle. Where a bigger battery will go who knows!

Price is going to be the issue, its pretty pricey as it is (but does come with a hell of a lot of stuff fitted that would be an expensive day out on some other brands option lists)

20 November 2019

Every Toyota with keyless entry & keyless go that has been tested seems to get a poor security review whereby a thief, with a relay device, can open and drive the vehicle away without the key. Has this been fixed by Toyota yet?

20 November 2019
Keyless entry was never a major issue and could easily be switched on and off by the driver, but this will be advanced for 2020 with a new measure de-activating the key when it is sensed as being stationary (after circa 5 minutes). So when it is in your house, the usual signal being emitted will stop thereby no longer possible to relay to a dummy key.

21 November 2019

The 0-62mph figure of 6.2 secs is presumably only attainable when the batteries are fully charged. Given the small battery size and limited range, will maximum performance only be available at certain times? 

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