Toyota has increased customer choice in its flagship RAV4 Plug-in Hybrid range with the introduction of a new Design grade version
Taking its place as the new gateway model in the line-up, the RAV4 Plug-in Design delivers a wealth of advanced technology features for safety, multimedia connectivity, comfort and style.
The Toyota Touch 2 multimedia system includes a nine-inch touchscreen, six-speaker audio, satellite navigation and smartphone integration via Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. The dual-zone air conditioning system has a remote operation function, so the cabin can be warmed or cooled in advance of a journey, and both front and outer rear seats have integrated heaters.
Convenience features include power driver’s seat adjustment, a reversing camera, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, smart entry and push-button start and auto-folding door mirrors with integrated puddle lights. The five-spoke 18-inch alloy wheels have a contrast dark grey and bright machined finish. Automatic LED dual-beam projector headlights, automatic windscreen wipers, power tailgate and front and rear parking sensors are also provided as standard, together with RAV4 Plug-in’s full complement of Toyota Safety Sense active safety and driver assistance systems, plus a Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Cross Traffic Alert with auto braking.
The RAV4 Plug-in is the most powerful version of Toyota’s mid-size SUV, with maximum power of 302bhp from its 2.5-litre plug-in hybrid system, yet it also achieves class-leading performance in terms of zero emissions driving, range, CO2 emissions and fuel efficiency.
It operates as an authentic electric vehicle: EV running is its default mode, in which it can cover up to 46 miles in urban driving (WLTP city cycle) on a full Battery charge, comfortably more than the average European daily commute, and reach speeds of 84mph (where permitted), with no intervention from the hybrid powertrain. When extra engine power is needed, the capability of the 2.5-litre engine ensures efficiency remains class-leading. Battery charging is simple and safe and can be accomplished in 2.5 hours using a 230V/32A connection.