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New Toyota RAV4 plug-in is the 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime

Toyota has introduced a new SUV for the 2021 model year, the RAV4 Prime.

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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.

2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime grille 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.

2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime front driving face 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.

2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime interior cabin screen center console wheel 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.

2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime back rear tail 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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The 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 is the company's first long-range electric vehicle for the U.S. market.

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The long-teased Volkswagen ID.4 has arrived. Volkswagen will make the battery electric vehicle (BEV) its first long-range model sold in the U.S. The model will be made in the U.S.A at VW's Chattanooga plant and go on sale in early 2021.

"The ID.4 was engineered, loaded and priced to win the hearts of SUV owners who are simply ready to go electric—and fall in love with Volkswagen again," said Scott Keogh, CEO, Volkswagen Group of America. "It drives like a GTI, it has the packaging of a Tiguan and the purpose of the Beetle. All the best things about VW in one package."

2021 Volkswagen ID.4: Platform and battery design

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With a serviceable body design, the highlights of the ID.4 reside in the details. Its battery pack consists of 288 pouch cells in 12 modules. The pack resides under the vehicle's center and doesn't intrude on passenger space. The battery pack is attached to the car via an aluminum hold and connects with an electric motor at the rear.

VW will offer the ID.4 with an 82-kilowatt-hour battery at launch. The power source is capable of achieving 201 horsepower and 228 pound-feet for torque, which are good numbers for its vehicle size, though some of that may be undercut by the heaviness of the vehicle - the weight information is still forthcoming from the company.

The ID.4 82kWh RWD 1st Edition models will have a range of 250 miles. A more powerful all-wheel-drive variant with 302 horsepower will go on sale later in 2021.

Each ID.4 that is purchased comes with three years of free charging capability via Electrify America infrastructure. The ID.4 can be charged with both alternating current (AC) and direct current (DC) fast-charging capability. The onboard 11-kilowatt charger allows for charging the battery 33 miles in about an hour and charges to full in around 7.5 hours on a Level 2 charger. At a DC fast-charging station, with 125 kilowatt charging, the ID.4 can go from five to 80 percent charged in about 38 minutes.

2021 Volkswagen ID.4: Exterior

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Volkswagen is touting the vehicle's nimble drivability. VW knows a thing or two about five-door vehicle nimbleness. They're the makers of the Golf GTI, one of the most beloved hot hatches on the planet.

As for dimensions, the ID.4 is 4.6 inches smaller and shorter than the Tiguan, and has a shorter wheelbase. Despite this, the passenger space of the model is similar to the Tiguan. It has cargo space similar in size to the Mazda CX-5.

The ID.4 will available in six exterior colors—Glacier White Metallic, Mythos Black Metallic, Moonstone Grey, Scale Silver Metallic, Blue Dusk Metallic and King's Red Metallic. All models come with a body color roof, black roof rails, and 19-inch aluminum alloy wheels.

The Statement package adds a panoramic fixed-glass roof, premium LED projector headlights with Volkswagen's Adaptive Front-lighting System, and power-folding side mirrors with puddle lamp signature. The Gradient package (sold on top of the Statement package) upgrades to 20-inch wheels, black roof, and silver roof rails and accents.

A 5.3-inch digital instrument display replaces the traditional instrument cluster in front of the driver. It's operated with touch-sensitive controls on the car's leather-wrapped, heated steering wheel. There is no gearshift because an electric vehicle does not require gears. Instead, the vehicle shifts to drive using a rocker switch on the dashboard.

2021 Volkswagen ID.4: Interior

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Piano Black material is featured on the steering wheel, steering column, door controls, and display housings. The car's standard cloth seats are finished in black cloth on entry models and Lunar Gray or Galaxy Black leatherette on models with the Statement package. Entry ID.4 models feature six-way adjustable seats with power recline, while the Statement package adds 12-way power seats, with massage lumbar and memory, as well as 30-color ambient lighting.

The roster of standard features includes rain-sensing wipers, auto-dimming rearview mirror, dual-zone Climatronic climate control, and KESSY keyless access, heated steering wheel, heated side mirrors and washer nozzles, wireless mobile charging, wireless App-Connect, and Volkswagen Car-Net with in-car WiFi capability, and, on all-wheel-drive models, a heated windshield. The Statement package adds satellite radio, an adjustable trunk floor, and a power tailgate with Easy Open & Close.

Pricing for the ID.4 starts at $39,995, for the rear-wheel-drive ID.4 Pro, before a potential federal tax credit of up to $7,500 is applied. Volkswagen Credit will offer qualified customers a monthly lease payment $379 per month with $3,579 due at signing for a 36-month lease with a 10,000-miles per year limit.

Starting later in 2021, the ID.4 AWD Pro ($43,675) will be available. These models can be additionally outfitted with two packages—Statement ($4,500), and Gradient ($1,500). The ID.4 launches with a limited-run ID.4 1st Edition ($43,995).

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The 2021 Ford F-150 is available with a hybrid powertrain.

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The 2021 Ford F-150 will have a maximum tow rating of 14,000 pounds and maximum payload of 3,325 making it stronger than any other light-duty full-size pickup truck. For the 2021 model year, the F-Series introduces its first hybrid powertrain, the 3.5-liter PowerBoost, which gets the most horsepower and torque of any power plant on the roster.

"F-150 is the flagship of Ford's dedication to building the best trucks and represents our commitment to not just meeting customer needs but exceeding them," said Todd Eckert, Ford truck group marketing manager. "With capability and functionality foundational to F-Series, the all-new F-150 not only tows more and hauls more than any other light-duty full-size pickup, it is built to surpass customer expectations with smart innovations that will make them even more productive every day."

2021 Ford F-150 Ford equips every hybrid engine powered F-150 with the Pro Power Onboard generator system. Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

The PowerBoost engine gives the F-150 2,120 pounds of maximum payload capacity and 12,700 pounds of maximum conventional towing capacity. Those numbers are the most for any hybrid pickup. Hybrids present their own unique set of challenges when it comes to towing because of battery and motor cooling concerns.

The impressive numbers don't stop there. The PowerBoost engine makes 430 horsepower and 570 pound-feet of torque. Models with the PowerBoost engine also come with the Pro Power Onboard generator that delivers 2.4 kilowatts of standard power and an available 7.2 kilowatts – enough to power 28 refrigerators.

AutomotiveMap has an in-depth look at all the available engines and transmission for the F-150. You can read more about them here.

Currently, no other mainstream automakers offers a hybrid or all-electric truck from the factory. Rivian is working on the R1T, Ford is developing an all-electric F-150, and the battery-powered GMC Hummer EV will debut later this year.

Ford is expected to debut the revised F-150 Raptor soon. It's likely to unseat the F-150 PowerBoost as the most powerful F-150 model in order to keep up with the competition being offered by the new Ram TRX.

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