The Toyota Rav 4 will gain a plug in powertrain option for the 2021 model year.
Toyota will not offer any specifics about the RAV4 PHEV’s powertrain at this time, but it will be the most powerful RAV4 yet, according to the company announcement. The RAV4 Hybrid is currently the most potent variant available with its total system output of 219 horsepower from the combination of a 2.5 liter four cylinder and two electric motors.
One possibility is that Toyota could take this setup and install more advanced batteries than the RAV4 Hybrid existing nickel metal hydride components. Making the motors more powerful and opting for a lithium ion battery could be enough to boost the system output and still provide some fully electric motoring.
The RAV4 plug in hybrid has some minor tweaks. At the corners of the front end there are vertically oriented LED strips. The lower fascia has chrome trimmed inlets. The grille gets gloss black mesh that is different from other RAV4 trim levels. The PHEV variant also comes in the new color Supersonic Red.
It is too soon to know how exactly much the RAV4 PHEV might cost. However, the plug in would likely retail for more than the standard hybrid because of the additional tech for the more advanced powertrain.