LA Auto Show 2019
New Toyota RAV4 plug-in is the 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime
Toyota teased its plug-in electric hybrid (PHEV) version of the RAV4 earlier this year when the new Mirai hydrogen-powered sedan debuted and now we have details on its name, range, and warranty.
The 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime has debuted at the Lost Angeles Auto Show, showing off an exterior that is nearly identical to a traditional RAV4 save for different badging, special wheels, unique grille, and a power outlet.
Toyota has given the model a unique grille design and badging with blue accents.Photo courtesy of Toyota
The SUV gets its power from a differently tuned version of the RAV4 Hybrid's 2.5-liter four-cylinder gas engine that is paired with a lithium-ion battery. The 2020 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid has 219 horsepower. Toyota is promising that the RAV4 Prime will add 83 horses to that, delivering 302 total horsepower.
Toyota is saying that the RAV4 Prime gets from zero to 60 mph in 5.8 seconds and it can drive 39 miles using only electricity. It boasts 90 combined MPGe.
The SUV comes standard with on-demand all-wheel drive.
The RAV4 Prim and traditional RAV4 do not have many major differenced on the exterior or interior.Photo courtesy of Toyota
Toyota will sell the RAV4 Prime in SE and XSE trim levels. In addition to the aforementioned exterior differences, the SE model has standard heated front seats, eight-way power driver's seat with lumbar adjustment, 7-inch driver information display, blind spot monitoring, a leather steering wheel and shift knob with red stitching, power liftgate, and an 8-inch infotainment touch screen with Amazon Alexa, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay compatibility.
Stepping up to the XSE trim level gets buyers a two-tone exterior paint scheme that pairs a black roof with select colors, 19-inch alloy wheels, vertical LED accent lights, paddle shifters, moonroof, SofTex synthetic leather seat surfaces, wireless smartphone charging, ambient lighting, auto-dimming rearview mirror with integrated garage door opener, and a 9-inch touch screen with navigation and the JBL speaker system.
The interior of the RAV4 Prime features many of the same characteristics as its gasoline-only counterpart.Photo courtesy of Toyota
Toyota will offer the SUV with an available Premium Package that adds premium audio, JBL speakers, perforated and ventilated SofTex front seats,a head-up display, heated rear SofTex outboard seats, heated steering wheel, panoramic moonroof, digital rear-view mirror, memory driver's seat, four-way power passenger seat, five-door SmartKey system, kick-type power rear liftgate, and Bird's Eye View Monitor.
Every RAV4 Prime comes standard with the Toyota Safety Sense suite of driver assistance and safety technology.
Toyota has given the RAV4 Prime unique available paint job color combinations.Photo courtesy of Toyota
Starting with the 2020 model year, every Toyota Hybrid Battery Warranty has been increased from 8 years or 100,000 miles to 10 years from original date of first use, or 150,000 miles, whichever comes first.
The 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime will arrive at dealerships in the U.S. in the summer of 2020.
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