RAV4 Plug-in teased ahead of its official debut

Daniel Fowler
October 13, 2019

While the Japanese firm has yet to release details of the powertrain, it's worth noting the current self-charging RAV4 hybrid (which, of course, isn't a plug-in variant. and isn't part of the range here in South Africa) generates 163 kW in all-wheel-drive guise.

So if you bought a new 2020 hybrid Toyota or you're planning on buying one, you now have an extra 50,000 miles of warranty on the vehicle's battery.

Buyers of the most popular RAV4 Hybrid Cruiser model now face a wait of more than six months for their cars, although delays vary from model-to-model.

CNET said the upgraded warranty will see the bump-up of the original coverage, which was set at eight years or 100,000 miles, whichever may come first.

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To accompany the announcement Toyota released a first image of the RAV4 Plug-In Hybrid, showing a model that looks... just like the regular and hybrid models already on the market.

Per the same report by CNET, the offer will be extended to the Toyota Mirai, which is fired up by a fuel battery cell, and the 2020 Toyota RAV4 Plug-in. 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".

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. If that were the case, the SUV's plug-in hybrid version would get two electric motors and a gasoline engine.

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