2021 Toyota RAV4 Plug-In Hybrid Teased, Debuts In Los Angeles

Toyota has released the first picture of the 2021 RAV4 Plug-in Hybrid, ahead of its debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show on November 20th.

The company didn’t say much about the model, but confirmed it will become the “most powerful RAV4 yet.” Toyota wasn’t ready to reveal performance specifications, but said the crossover will have “spirited acceleration, nimble handling and impeccable style.”

Little is known about the model at this point, but it’s expected to use the same 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that resides in the RAV4 Hybrid. It produces 176 hp (131 kW / 178 PS) and 163 lb-ft (221 Nm) of torque.

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The engine will be backed up by an electric motor and a lithium-ion battery pack.  The latter is expected to be large enough to give the model an electric-only range of approximately 30 miles (48 km). There’s no word on how powerful the electric motor will be, but the RAV4 PHEV should have a combined output in excess of 203 hp (151 kW / 206 PS).

On the styling front there isn’t much to report as the plug-in hybrid variant closely echoes the standard RAV4. However, it will apparently be distinguished by a modified front bumper, plug-in hybrid badging and vertical fog lights. Previous spy photos have also shown the crossover will have a charging port mounted above the rear wheel on the passenger side.

We’ll learn more details next month, but the model is certainly interesting as there’s been a lack of mainstream plug-in hybrid crossovers with the notable exception of the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV.

  • Bart

    Most powerful, so they could justify its prohibitively high price. And I bet it will be available in the most expensive trims only.

  • El Howard

    But will it have Android Auto support? If it does, then it’s the perfect vehicle I’ve been looking for!

    • PhilMcGraw

      I believe all 2020 Toyota models have introduced Android Auto so I’d be surprised if it didn’t.

      • El Howard

        Android Auto not available for 2020 Prius. It’s available for some Toyota models, not available for others. It might be available for 2020 Rav 4.

        • PhilMcGraw

          The Prius is an outlier because of the different screen size that they have to work with. But majority of the vehicles that were introduced since the Tacoma have had Android Auto. And I would suspect Toyota would allow retrofitting to happen.

    • charlotteharry57

      Android Auto is standard on the ’20 RAV4.

  • JRP

    Toyota does teasers like VAG does camo, I guess. Just revealing the whole thing.

    • Arct1c

      That’s just improper wording from whomever wrote this article. It’s not a teaser. It’s a preview.

      • Mike Gauthier

        Teaser – “a short introductory advertisement for a product, especially one that does not mention the name of the thing being advertised”

        Not typical black / blurry teaser, but they’re teasing an upcoming model and not revealing specs.

  • charlotteharry57

    So, last week Toyota announced the RAV4 TRD, priced right at where the 4Runner starts and the crowds roared in disgust (story never made it in here). Now this, priced probably over $40K. And the crowds roar again.

  • Althea Later

    I wonder if the upcoming Escape PHEV prompted Toyota to finally do this?

  • Althea Later

    Took them long enough!

  • MarketAndChurch

    Looks better than the CR-V hybrid. I can’t wait to see this compared against that, as well as the Escape hybrid, and the upcoming Escape plug-in hybrid.

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