Toyota’s first plug-in hybrid RAV4 piles on the ability and gas effectivity

Toyota gave its first plug-in hybrid RAV4 greater than only a plug. It piled on the ability as nicely.

The 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime, which was unveiled this week on the LA Auto Present, will obtain two seemingly conflicting objectives. The car will likely be its most gas environment friendly and considered one of its strongest.

This variant of the RAV4 could have an all-wheel drive, sport-tuned suspension. It has a tuned 2.5-liter, four-cylinder gasoline engine and when mixed with the electrical motors will ship 302 horsepower and be capable of journey from zero to 60 miles per hour in a projected 5.eight seconds. Toyota hasn’t introduced a value but, however anticipate it to be dearer than the hybrid model of the RAV4, which begins at $28,100.

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The 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime, a plug-in hybrid, on the ground of the 2019 LA Auto Present

Which may appear sluggish in comparison with a few of the pure electrical sedans in the marketplace. But it surely’s far zippier than earlier fashions and marks a a lot wanted enchancment within the RAV4. The car’s electrical battery will present an estimated 39 miles of vary earlier than kicking again to the gas-powered engine.

The RAV4 Prime has a manufacturer-estimated 90 mixed MPGe. The 2021 mannequin will likely be obtainable within the sportier SE and luxurious centered XSE trims, and can hit {the marketplace} in summer time 2020.

To know the advance, think about this. Toyota supplied a 3.5-liter V6 within the 2006 to 2012 mannequin years of the RAV4. And but, regardless of having extra cylinders and larger displacement, it solely produced 269 horsepower and mixed gas financial system score of 21 miles per gallon.

The car may also come customary with superior driver help options, together with pre-collision pedestrian detection, radar cruise management, lane departure alert with steering help, computerized excessive beam and street signal help.

As Toyota gives extra electrified variations of its widespread SUVs, the corporate is upping the guarantee on its hybrid battery. The automaker mentioned that starting with the 2020 mannequin 12 months, its hybrid battery guarantee will likely be elevated from eight years or 100,000 miles to 10 years from authentic date of first use, or 150,000 miles, whichever comes first.

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