- The new flagship of Toyota’s hybrid range
- The most powerful RAV4 yet, with 306 DIN hp/225 kW
- New plug-in hybrid system delivers class-leading power and efficiency
- Fuel consumption of 1.0 l/100 km and CO2 emissions of 22 g/km (WLTP)
- Driving range of up to 75 km in EV mode (WLTP) on a full battery charge
- Plug-in system also delivers all the benefits of a true Toyota Hybrid, whenever the limits of EV performance are reached
- Intelligent all-wheel drive as standard
The new RAV4 Plug-in Hybrid is introduced among one of the Toyota’s hybrid model line-up. It is a vehicle that delivers a combination of power and environmental efficiency in its class.
The RAV4 Plug-in has four different operating modes for its plug-in hybrid system:
- EV (electric vehicle) mode – the default mode
- HV (hybrid vehicle) mode
- Auto HV/EV mode
- Charging mode
The RAV4 Plug-in introduces new equipment features and options that meet the demands of today’s customers for more sophisticated connectivity, comfort and convenience.
Notably, a 230 V/150 W power outlet is provided as standard. This can be used to power mobile devices, without having to worry about the impact on battery performance – for example running speakers for a tailgate party. Home electric appliances of 150 W or less can also be connected, for example in an emergency during a domestic power outage. There are also 12V sockets in the cabin and load space and Aux/USB sockets for connecting smartphones and music players.
Other standard features include the latest Toyota multimedia system, with smartphone integration using Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, and illuminated power switches in the door panels. The key fob includes a remote control for the vehicle’s air conditioning system, operated via the MyT app. Full details are given in the Connected Car chapter below.
The Style grade version of the RAV4 Plug-in has a nine-inch display audio mounted prominently on the centre console (an option for the Mid grade) and 19-inch alloy wheels. A colour head-up display is available for both model grades. As standard, the new RAV4 Plug-in benefits from the latest generation Toyota Safety Sense active safety and driver assistance systems. Designed to reduce the risk of some of the most common accidents, they alert the driver to hazards and, if necessary, provide braking and steering support to help avoid an impact, or reduce the severity if a collision is unavoidable.
The RAV4 Plug-in is the first Toyota model to give the driver remote control of vehicle functions, including the air conditioning system, via the MyT customers’ app.
Toyota’s research confirms that customers choosing to buy plug-in hybrid electric vehicles expect app-based access to their vehicle, and it has made remote functions for battery management, charging and on-board comfort part of the RAV4 Plug-in’s standard specification.
Remote charging control
The owner can schedule the charging time for the vehicle, for example setting the start time to take advantage of off-peak energy tariffs.
The MyT app also allows them to check the status of the vehicle’s battery, the current driving range and the time remaining for complete charge, information that’s particularly useful when the vehicle is connected to a public charging point. Alerts can be received to warn of a low battery charge level or any problems with the charging process.
The new system also allows the owner to start the car’s heating or ventilation before they get behind the wheel. A defrost setting can clear screens and warm the car so no time is wasted when leaving the house; likewise, the cabin can be cooled down ready for departure on a hot day.
The system will run for up to 20 minutes, so operation can be synchronised with the time the owner wants to begin their journey.
These functions are in addition to established MyT app services, such as sending navigation destinations to the vehicle, car-to-door directions for the last part of a journey, find-my-car location; and driving analytics. Toyota will be rolling out further services in the future to increase the connected quality of its vehicles, true to its ambition to help provide mobility for all.