Toyota has launched the new model RAV4 plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) through dealerships in Japan.

Through installation of the newly developed THS II Plug-in system, the new RAV4 achieves maximum system output of 225 kW (306 PS), and maximum employment of the motor enables instantaneous acceleration and deceleration. It adopts the TGNA platform (GA-K) and is equipped with a high capacity lithium-ion battery installed under the floor in the center of the vehicle.

It realizes a BEV driving range of 95 kilometers on a fully charged battery, and a hybrid fuel economy of 22 km/L. The RAV4 gasoline tank has a capacity of 55 L and boasts an incredible cruising range of 1,300 kilometers or more.

Adequate temperature of the lithium-ion battery is maintained using an air conditioning coolant. Reliable battery performance is enhanced by avoiding use under high temperature that accelerates deterioration and by appropriately controlling the battery charge.

The new RAV4 comes with a maximum of 1,500 W (AC 100 V) external power supply function as standard equipment that are useful during blackouts and other emergencies, and for outdoor leisure activities. In addition to an accessory electrical socket in the luggage compartment, it is also equipped with a vehicle power connector which can be plugged into the regular charging inlet at the rear (right) of the vehicle for use as an external power socket.

It offers two settings, either BEV or HEV external power supply mode, which can be selected according to the intended purpose. BEV mode only uses power from the battery, whereas HEV mode starts the engine if the remaining battery power is too low, enabling approximately three days of power supply on a full gasoline tank.

The RAV4 is readily able to provide regular power supplies at home or outside as a standard feature. The supplied power cable (both AC 100 and 200 V) can be connected to an electrical socket for recharging. Away from home, the PHEV recharge support can be used to charge at G-stations located at around 4,200 Toyota dealers, and at around 10,800 other regular charging points across Japan.

Connected Features

A large 9-inch Display Audio (DA) and the DCM are standard equipments that can be used with connected services for greater convenience.

In addition to SmartDeviceLink, it now features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard equipments, enhancing connectedness with smartphones. Maps, phone calls, messaging, and music applications can be used through Display Audios by connecting smartphones with a USB cable.