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2021 Toyota RAV4 plug-in hybrid electric SUV teased ahead of L.A. Auto Show debut

Toyota is adding a new RAV4 grade to its lineup for the 2021 model year.

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Toyota has promised that it will sell 17 electrified models in the U.S. by 2025 and the 2021 Toyota RAV4 PHEV is expected to fill one of those slots. The Plano, Texas-based automaker will announce the arrival of the model at the Los Angeles Auto Show on Nov. 20.

When it debuts, the RAV4 plug-in will be featured with a Supersonic Red paint job, which Toyota said is designed to showcase the model's performance chops. The 2020 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid is currently the top-performing compact SUV in the lineup with 176 horsepower and 163 pound-feet of torque. The hybrid gets 41 mpg in the city, 37 mpg on the highway, and 39 mpg combined.

It is likely that the charging port on the 2021 Toyota RAV4 PHEV will be located on the opposite side of the vehicle from the SUV's gasoline fuel filler door, as it is in the Toyota Prius Prime.

Toyota says that Toyota Hybrid sales are up 150 percent since the debut of the redesigned model late last year, exceeding expectations.

Alongside the image and info tease, Toyota announced that they will be selling the 2021 RAV4 PHEV with a 10-year/150,000-mile battery warranty and an eight-year/100,000-mile warranty on other hybrid components. Hybrid components include the hybrid battery control module, hybrid control module, and the inverter with converter.

Those warranties will not just be for the original vehicle purchaser. They will extend onto future owners of the vehicle, in perpetuity, until their timelines have expired.

Toyota will livestream the debut from the L.A. Auto Show and AutomotiveMap will be there in-person to cover it live from the show floor.

Oscar-winning auteur Spike Lee will introduce the 2021 Cadillac Escalade in Hollywood on Tuesday, Feb. 4, with the premiere of "Anthem," a short film he directed.

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We've seen the redesigned 2021 Chevrolet Suburban and Tahoe, and GMC Yukon. Now, it's natural the redesigned 2021 Cadillac Escalade's turn. On Tuesday, February 4 Oscar-winning auteur Spike Lee will introduce the model at the premiere of his new film "Anthem".

What ties the two together? According to Cadillac, "Filmed with Lee's signature Double-Dolly technique, which heightens the sense of motion to draw viewers closer to the character, the film captures the presence, innovation and movement of the next-generation Escalade, with reverence for its more than two decades as a cultural icon."

2021 Cadillac Escalade The Escalade will feature industry-fast OLED screen technology.Photo courtesy of Cadillac

"As one of the greatest storytellers and most creative filmmakers of his time, Spike Lee's unique perspective is the perfect conduit for sharing the passion and spirit of the 2021 Escalade," said Steve Carlisle, Cadillac president. "It is an icon reimagined."

Along with bold new styling, the 2021 Escalade will feature industry-first curved OLED screen technology. It is likely that the vehicle will be for sale via Cadillac's new virtual car shopping experience, Cadillac Live.

The 2021 model will be the first in the fifth-generation of the Escalade.

The Mercedes-Benz EQC was originally slated to make its way to the U.S. early this year.

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Manager Magazin is reporting that Mercedes-Benz is cutting production plans for its EQC electric SUV by half. The German magazine cites a shortage of battery cells from LG Chem. The South Korean battery maker is in the midst of acquiring a Quebec lithium mine from Nemaska Lithium Inc. That timeline is taking longer than expected.

Mercedes had originally planned on producing 60,000 EQC models in 2020 but is now planning on producing 30,000. The shift comes as Audi is adjusting from stumbling out of the blocks with an EQC competitor, the Audi e-Tron.

The new Mercedes-Benz EQC has a 80 kWh lithium ion battery. Photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz

In 2019, Mercedes had planned on selling 25,000 EQC but was only able to get 7,000 sales on the books allegedly because of the same problem.

Daimler is pushing back on the report saying that it will be producing 50,00 EQC models this year, which is still down from the 60,000 originally projected but not as few as the initial report indicated.

The EQC is a two-row luxury SUV. It features all-wheel drive and delivers 402 horsepower and 561 pound-feet of torque. The model is powered by a 80kWh lithium ion battery with standard DC Fast Charging for a 40-minute charge from 10 to 80 percent at a 110 kW DC charging station.

Mercedes has debuted the launch date of the model in the U.S. until 2021 after originally planning on having it arrive stateside in early 2020.

The EQ family of vehicles will include additional electric models in the coming years.