Toyota has today launched the new RAV4 plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) in dealerships in Japan. The new and eco-friendly crossover SUV augments the superior performance of RAV4 by realising the full potential of the plug-in hybrid system, while striving to be even more fun to drive.
Key highlights include maximum output of 225 kW (306 PS) coupled with acceleration of 0-100kph in 6.0 seconds. A BEV driving range of 95 kilometres and an incredible cruising range of 1,300 kilometers or more when combined with hybrid mode. The battery is able to supply power with engine switched off (maximum 1,500 W; AC 100 V).
Toyota is targeting monthly sale of 300 units in Japan. The RAV4 PHEV, which is produced at the Nagakusa Plant, Toyota Industries Corporation, has a price range of 4,690,000 yen to 5,390,000 yen (Rs 32.36 lakh to Rs 37.19 lakh).
Since its debut in 1994, RAV4 has pioneered the crossover SUV market, and remains the market leader. The fifth-generation RAV4 was released in April 2019. It has been popular with many customers, thanks to the superior driving performance delivered by three types of 4WD system, including Dynamic Torque Vectoring AWD; design which fuses refinement with SUV-like power; spacious luggage storage; and an interior designed for convenience, making it suited to diverse situations.
The new RAV4 PHEV aims to boost the fun-to-drive appeal of RAV4, adopting the newly developed Toyota Hybrid System (THS II). The front motor and inverter achieve more powerful output than the RAV4 hybrid system, and the combination with the new model, high-capacity, high-output lithium-ion battery achieves maximum system output of 225 kW, facilitating sporty, powerful driving.
The RAV4 PHEV is built on the TGNA platform (GA-K) and is equipped with a high capacity lithium-ion battery installed under the floor in the centre of the vehicle. Toyota says efforts were made to realize a low centre of gravity and optimal weight balance. It achieves high quality ride comfort focused on the driver and superior control stability.