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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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New hot hatch

Toyota teases GR Corolla hatchback

The Instagram teaser contains many hints at the new GR Corolla.

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Toyota isn't always top of mind when it comes to performance cars, but the Japanese giant has a few tricks up its sleeve. There's the Supra, which the automaker partnered with BMW to produce and there's also the not-for-the-U.S. GR Yaris. The hotted-up hatchback features tremendous power and a four-wheel drive system, but buyers here can only watch jealously as our friends in Europe and elsewhere get all the fun. That's about to change for U.S. buyers, however, as Toyota has begun teasing the GR Corolla hatchback, which we will get.

The automaker posted a cryptic image to Instagram a month ago, but it's still making the rounds on the internet today, with users of the GR Corolla Forum still discussing the post today. The teaser, which is of the Corolla's interior, features hints as to what we might see when the car debuts. The navigation screen shows GR Four road, which points to the car's four-wheel drive system, while a G:16 on the clock in the gauge cluster represents the G16E-GTS engine that the car is expected to get. The GR Yaris also sports that engine, where it produces 268 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque.

Toyota GR Corolla GR, or Gazoo Racing, is Toyota's motorsport armToyota Europe

The GR Corolla should break cover next year, but we don't yet know if it will be a 2022 or 2023 model. As far as pricing goes, Toyota may pull out some surprises, but the car will likely be far more expensive than an everyday Corolla. The smaller GR Yaris is priced starting at nearly $40,000 in Europe, so the Corolla's price tag should be around or slightly above that number.

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The CX-50 features body cladding and rugged styling.

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Mazda's got a busy 2021 and 2022 as it gears up to release several new vehicles. The first is almost here, and today the automaker shared preliminary details. The CX-50 is an all-new SUV that shares a platform with the Mazda 3 and CX-30.

2023 Mazda CX-50 Production begins in January 2022. Mazda

At first, the CX-50 will be offered with Mazda's 2.5-liter four-cylinder engines, one of which is turbocharged, but electrified powertrain options will join the lineup down the road, including a traditional hybrid. Both gas engines come with a six-speed automatic transmission and standard all-wheel drive. A new drive mode select system is also standard that allows the driver to change the CX-50's behavior to match road and driving conditions such as towing and off-roading.

2023 Mazda CX-50 A new drive mode selection feature allows the driver to change vehicle behavior. Mazda

The new SUV's styling is a departure from the norm for Mazda, whose typical designs are sleek and elegant but far from rugged. That changes with the CX-50. Mazda installed beefy fender flares, body cladding, and a chunky front bumper that make the SUV look ready for the trail. New colors debut with the CX-50 as well, including Zircon Sand for the exterior and a terracotta upholstery option for the interior. The SUV will be the first Mazda to be offered with a panoramic sunroof.

2023 Mazda CX-50 New color schemes are available for both the interior and exterior. Mazda

We don't have full pricing or options details yet, but Mazda says that the CX-50 will be built at the facility in Huntsville, Alabama that it shares with Toyota. Production is scheduled for January 2022.

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