Forget The Prius Prime, Toyota’s Testing A RAV4 Plug-In Hybrid

The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV could be getting some serious competition as spy photographers have caught what appears to a plug-in hybrid Toyota RAV4.

The model doesn’t look too special at first glance, but a closer inspection reveals what’s believed to be a charging port on the passenger side rear fender. There doesn’t appear to be any other changes, but that’s not too surprising as this appears to be a powertrain testing prototype.

Little is known about the model, but it will likely use the same 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that powers the RAV4 Hybrid. That engine produces 176 hp (131 kW / 178 PS) and 163 lb-ft (221 Nm) of torque.

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While the engine should carryover, we can expect more powerful electric motors and a larger battery pack. Speculation suggests this could enable the crossover to travel around 30 miles (48 km) on electricity alone.

A lot of details remain unclear, but the model could eventually become one of the most popular plug-in hybrids on the market. That remains to be seen, but Toyota sold more than 427,000 RAV4s in the United States last year and there isn’t much competition when it comes to mainstream plug-in hybrid crossovers.

The exception, in the United States at least, is the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV which features a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, a 12 kWh lithium-ion battery pack and two electric motors. This setup enables the crossover to have a combined output of 190 hp (142 kW / 193 PS) and an electric-only range of 22 miles (35 km).

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  • Salih Ahzem

    Looks like slammed. Not bad actually…

  • Sebastien


  • Bobby Obvious

    I’m in!

  • Finkployd

    Been waiting for that one


    Bout time, dying Mitsubishi did it 7years ago…

  • Carlos Angie

    I will buy one.

  • between the Rav4, the Corolla and the Camry Hybrids why does the Prius keep existing as a standalone model?

    • Super Rob

      It’s on it’s way out. The Prius line has served it’s purpose, but it’s no longer what people are looking for.

      • no25

        Unfortunately, people still buy the Prius, though, because of its reputation.

        • danwat1234

          Because it has a hatch it is quite practical. More useful than the Corolla or Camry hybrid.

  • El Howard

    Hey Toyota, I would definitely buy this! But add Apple Car Play/Android Auto support too! I’d prefer a 50 mile battery only range, but 30 miles is the bare minimum acceptable range.

    • hyn sum

      I agree, 50mi is more preferable. Where will the battery pack sits? in the cargo floor? hopefully not much cargo space will be sacrificed, probably no spare.

    • Apple Car Play is supported on the late RAV4 models. I own a 2016 and had a third party JVC equipment installed with CarPlay/Adroid Auto. The steering wheel buttons work perfecly and the overall experience is much better now.

  • Super Rob

    Honda better hurry up with their CRV hybrid.

    • hyn sum

      I believe they have CRV hybrid in Europe, wonder if they’ll bring it to US market, probably not as efficient as RAV4 hybrid…

  • no25

    Maybe it’ll spawn an NX version??? I would be so down for that too!

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