The most powerful Toyota RAV4 has made its debut at the Los Angeles Motor Show and it’s a Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV)!
The RAV4 is one of the most popular family cars on sale in South Africa and Toyota has now unveiled the most powerful RAV4 ever at the LA Motor Show.
Dubbed the RAV4 Prime, this is a plug-in hybrid vehicle with all-wheel-drive capability and is powered by the same 2.5-liter Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder engine used in the RAV4 Hybrid and combines with a rear-mounted electric motor and a new high-capacity lithium-ion battery pack and booster converter to produce a total output of 225 kW which is 62 kW more than the standard RAV4 Hybrid.
The RAV4 Prime is capable of accelerating from zero to 100 kph in 5.8 seconds and carries a claimes fuel consumption figure of 2.6 L/100km. Furthermore, the RAV4 Prime can travel a distance of roughly 63 km on electric power alone.
Hybrid vehicles are not very popular in South Africa and the RAV4 Prime has not been confirmed for introduction in South Africa.
It’s worth mentioning that the RAV4 2.0 GX Auto is a finalist in the Family Car category of the Cars.co.za Consumer Awards powered by WesBank and you can more details at www.carsawards.co.za.
Watch our video review of the Toyota RAV4 below!