Toyota Launches New Model RAV4 plug-in hybrid electric vehicle in Japan

Toyota today launched the new model RAV4 plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) through dealerships in Japan. Since its debut in 1994, RAV4 has pioneered the crossover SUV market, and remains the market leader.  The new Toyota RAV4 PHEV aims to boost the fun-to-drive appeal of RAV4, adopting the newly developed Toyota Hybrid System (THS II). The front motor and inverter achieve more powerful output than the RAV4 hybrid system, and the combination with the new model, high-capacity, high-output lithium-ion battery achieves maximum system output of 225 kW, facilitating sporty, powerful driving. It also achieves a BEV driving range of 95 kilometers, top level in its class, for greater driving pleasure in BEV mode, thus also realizing superior environmental friendliness.

Through installation of the newly developed THS II Plug-in system, Toyota strives for even greater driving pleasure. The new RAV4 achieves maximum system output of 225 kW (306 PS), and maximum employment of the motor enables instantaneous acceleration and deceleration. In addition, with the assistance of the engine unique to PHEV, it achieves an acceleration from 0 – 100 kph in 6.0 seconds. It adopts the TGNA platform (GA-K) and is equipped with a high capacity lithium-ion battery installed under the floor in the center of the vehicle.

As the leading model in the RAV4 line-up, the front perspective strongly projects an advanced, sporty image. The front grille and lower mall reveal the distinctiveness of the RAV4 PHEV, while the low center of gravity enhances the vehicle’s strong sporty appeal. Special LED day lights boost the advanced appearance. The Toyota RAV4 plug-in hybrid electric vehicle is fitted with newly designed 19-inch RAV4 aluminum wheels. The machine-cut highlight spokes and black-enameled sides bestow a refined and luxurious appearance suited to city driving. The exterior uses six colors, including Emotional Red II, exclusive to RAV4 PHEV. The lower body combines Attitude Black Mica to complete the sporty finish of the exterior.

The interior, including ceiling, pillars, and open tray, are unified with black, to emphasize the sportiness, combined with red stitching, for a luxurious finish. The interior is coordinated with red stitching on the instrument panel, door trim, seats, steering wheel, shift boots, and center console. Synthetic leather sports seats are standard equipment for all vehicles. Comfortable heated seats are provided for drivers and front passenger seats, and seat heaters are standard equipment on the left and right rear seats. The Black Tone and G “Z” driver and passenger seats feature a ventilation function to improve comfort.

The new RAV4 comes with Toyota Safety Sense, which employs a pre-collision safety system that detects pedestrians at day and night, as well as cyclists during the day. It is fully equipped with safety equipment for safety and peace of mind, such as Intelligent Clearance Sonar with Parking Support Brakes (Stationary Objects) that helps reduce and/or mitigate damage from collisions during low-speed driving in parking lots, etc. The Display Audio displays a panoramic image of the vehicle surroundings with a bird-eye view, supporting rear visibility and enhancing safety by enabling viewing of blind-spots. A large 9-inch Display Audio (DA) and the DCM are standard equipments that can be used with connected services for greater convenience and peace of mind. Pricing starts from…