Launching the new RAV4 Plug-in is yet another landmark for Toyota in its evolution of hybrid powertrain technology, a car that’s both efficient and the most powerful RAV4 to date.
With a strong reputation for innovation that has helped distinguish the RAV4 as one of the world’s-best-selling SUV with over 10 million models sold across five vehicle generations since 1994 and the UK has exceeded 228,000.
World leading expertise in in Hybrid technology has allowed Toyota to produce a vehicle that is not only more powerful, producing a maximum 302bhp/224kW, but also exceeds its rivals in terms of fuel economy and low emissions as well as combined cycle figures show 22g/km CO2 and 282.4mpg.
Operating as an authentic electric vehicle, EV running is its default mode and can cover up to 61 miles in urban driving (WLTP city cycle) on a full battery charge, and 46 miles in mixed (WLTP combined cycle) driving, which is more than the average European daily commute and reaching speeds of over 80mph (where permitted) without the need for the hybrid powertrain to be in use.
With four different driving modes to choose from including an Auto EV/HV mode which automatically switches the vehicle to HV operation when additional power is required, the 2.5-litre hybrid engine comes into play and returning to EV operation when conditions allow.
The lithium-ion battery is easy and safe to re-charge within 2.5 hours using a 230 V/32 A connection and a wallbox charging unit. Type 2 cables for connection to a domestic power supply or wallbox are provided as standard. The Toyota MyT app can be sued to monitor battery charging remotely as well as controlling the air conditioning system to turn up the heat up or cool down the cabin.
All the qualities of the fifth generation RAV4 have been retained in the RAV4 Plug-In with its sophisticated and effective powertrain. Benefits such as low centre gravity- lowered further by the location of the battery pack beneath the cabin floor – and rigidity inherent from the Toyota GA-K vehicle platform. AWD-I intelligent all-wheel drive also comes as standard.
Available in two high-specification versions, RAV4 Plug-in comes in Dynamic and Dynamic Premium both of which are visually different from RAV Hybrid with dark exterior features such asmodel-specific 19-inch five-double-spoke alloy wheel, a metallic lower front bumper moulding, a dark grille mesh and frame and dark-finish front and rear under-runs.
The Dynamic version includes dual zone air conditioning operated by a remote, nine-inch multimedia touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto power tailgate, wireless phone charger, heated front and outer rear seats and Toyota Safety Sense active safety and driver assistance systems. The premium grade has additional features such black leather seat upholstery, head-up display, opening Skyview panoramic roof, front seats with power adjustment and ventilation and a nine-speaker JBL premium sound system.
Starting from £47,395 on-the-road price, your new RAV4 is waiting for you. or company car tax payers, the benefit-in-kind rating for the RAV4 Plug-in Dynamic is from six per cent, giving a first-year charge of £1,136 for a 40 per cent tax payer. Browse RAV4 Plug-In here