Toyota has launched a new entry-level specification for the RAV4 plug-in hybrid. It’s called Design, and it sits below the SUV’s existing Dynamic and Dynamic Premium trim levels, lowering its starting price to £ 46,495.
The standard equipment of the Toyota RAV4 PHEV Design includes 18-inch alloy wheels, automatic LED headlights, front and rear parking sensors and an electrically operated tailgate. Each model is also supplied with a 6.6 kW charging cable for use with a wallbox charger.
Toyota has also equipped the RAV4 PHEV Design with a lane departure warning system with steering assistant, automatic high beam assistant, automatic adaptive cruise control, traffic sign assistant and a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection as standard.
Inside there are heated front and rear seats, an automatically dimming rearview mirror, a leather steering wheel, a reversing camera and a nine-inch infotainment screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. There is also a remote-controlled two-zone air conditioning system that can precondition the cabin prior to departure.
The mid-range Toyota RAV4 Dynamic is based on this specification with 19-inch alloy wheels, two-tone paintwork, a wireless smartphone charger and center armrests at the front and rear. Prices start at £ 47,395.
The top model, Dynamic Premium, starts at £ 50,895 and features a panoramic sunroof, black leather upholstery, ventilated and memory-activated front seats, a head-up display and an upgraded JBL stereo system.
The plug-in hybrid drive train of the RAV4 consists of a 2.5-liter Atkinson gasoline engine, two electric motors and an 18 kWh lithium-ion battery. The system has a combined output of 302 hp, which, according to Toyota, is sufficient for a time from 0 to 100 km / h of six seconds.
The battery can also store enough charge for a best-in-class electric range of 76 miles, although Toyota says that number can be stretched up to 60 miles when driving in an urban setting. The PHEV RAV4 will also return up to 282.5 mpg in the combined WLTP cycle and emit just 22 g / km of CO2.
Like the standard RAV4 hybrid, the PHEV model also has Toyota’s electric all-wheel drive, with the internal combustion engine and the front electric motor driving the front axle and a separate rear electric motor driving the rear axle. Both motors also have regenerative braking to charge the battery, the strength of which can be adjusted using a pair of paddle shifters mounted on the steering wheel.
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