About a month after its first announcement, the 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime Plug-in Hybrid makes its public debut at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show. Toyota claims that the Prime will not only be more economical than other RAV4 variants, but also faster and more powerful. How could one argue with that?
As with the Prius Prime, Toyota used the "Prime" name to identify the plug-in hybrid powertrain of this RAV4. Toyota already offers a RAV4 hybrid model without plug. However, adding a new model enabled engineers to use a larger battery. This increases the power storage capacity, so that the RAV4 Prime has only a limited purely electric driving performance (according to Toyota up to 63 km).
The RAV4 Prime uses the same 2.5-liter four-cylinder Atkinson engine as the RAV4 Hybrid, but with different tuning and an upgraded hybrid system. The result is a total system performance of 302 hp ̵
The Prime uses the same four-wheel drive system as the RAV4 hybrid. A separate electric motor drives the rear axle without any physical connection to the front wheels. Toyota has also built an off-road mode that can increase traction by braking a spinning wheel and maneuvering the opposite. But if offroading is really your thing, buy a 4Runner. On the sidewalk, the driver of the RAV4 Prime can use shift paddles to set the level of regenerative braking, a feature that is already available for vehicles like the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV limited range of RAV4 Prime to two – SE and XSE. The Base SE comes standard with a 7-inch touch screen and Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Amazon Alexa compatibility. The XSE is equipped with paddle shifters, mobile phone charging, a 9-inch touchscreen and faux leather upholstery. However, Toyota has not published the prices for both trim levels.
The RAV4 Prime receives the same Toyota Safety Sense bundle of driver aids as other RAV4 variants. Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Departure Warning, and Auto High Beam are all standard, as is a feature that recognizes traffic signs. The premium package for the XSE equipment variant offers additional parking aids front and rear as well as autonomous reverse emergency braking. The RAV4 Prime is also covered by Toyota's new battery warranty, which is 10 years or 150,000 miles, whichever comes first.
When the RAV4 Prime goes on sale in the summer of 2020, it will attack the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV and a plug-in. in hybrid version of the recently redesigned Ford Escape. The Ford will use a version of the powertrain of the Lincoln Corsair Grand Touring (which also debuts in LA), but without four-wheel drive.