Toyota RAV4 Plug-in Revealed Ahead of L.A

2021 Toyota RAV4 plug-in hybrid bound for 2019 LA Auto Show

2021 Toyota RAV4 plug-in hybrid bound for 2019 LA Auto Show

Consumers have been waiting for it for a long time and now Toyota is making it official: the RAV4 Plug-in is coming!

So if you have a plan to purchase a new 2020 hybrid Toyota or if you already own one, you will enjoy an extra 50,000 miles battery warranty, which is an excellent addition to the performance and reliability provided by the brand.

It's an interesting strategy that Toyota claims is responsible for a 150-percent increase in RAV4 Hybrid model sales over the previous generation.

All 2020 hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and full cell electric vehicles will receive the new warranty.

But, just like every other vehicle maker - and despite a feeling coming from Toyota that plug-in hybrids are not a clever way to go - Toyota has to have a weather eye on upcoming average Carbon dioxide emission regulations which, despite Toyota's hybrid-dominated range, will still be a struggle.

That would mean the electric motors, power electronics controls, inverter, and others will retain the same eight-year or 100,000-mile hybrid system warranty.

If the plug-in hybrid RAV4 wants to become the most powerful RAV4 in the lineup, it will need to produce more than 219 horsepower combined, which is what the RAV4 Hybrid makes.

Ford is also introducing a plug-in version of its Rav4 competitor, the Escape, next spring, according to reports. Toyota states the plug-in hybrid SUV will have "spirited acceleration, nimble handling, and impeccable style", going so far as to call it "the most powerful RAV4 yet". We'll have to wait until November 20 to get more information on the plug-in hybrid SUV.

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