This world is getting yet another plug-in hybrid car pretty quickly. Judging by the spy shots, the black RAV4 model isn’t any the SUV, but the PHEV. It was rather easy to find out that since the car manufacturer hasn’t troubled to conceal a charging port on the opposite side of the typical cup. Also, the popular crossover sports a dynamometer in that trailer around back, which is another clear sign that we are checking out the 2021 Toyota RAV4 PHEV.
Considering that it’s still far away from the production lines, the Japanese car producer didn’t wish to reveal any specifications of the RAV4 plug-in hybrid up until now. Again, keeping in mind that the majority of PHEVs use quite a similar drivetrain like their hybrid siblings, we believe we understand what’s cooking under the skin of among the most popular compact SUVs presently readily available.
2021 Toyota RAV4 PHEV Engine
As far as we think, the 2021 Toyota RAV4 PHEV will come fitted with a 2.5-liter Atkinson cycle four-cylinder fuel engine, which will be paired with a somewhat more powerful electric motor. Together, the drivetrain will produce around 220 horsepower. What we can’t state at the moment is just what is going to supply the electric motor. Well, okay, we understand it’s going to be a lithium-ion battery, but we have no idea how huge the unit might be. 2 things are clear though: First off, the crossover has more than enough floor area to keep the unit, so it would not be a problem if the battery is large; and second, the 2021 RAV4 PHEV is not going to obtain the Prius Prime’s battery for sure. How come? Well, the battery has the 8.8-kWh capacity, which is not enough to take on the greatest competitors and to satisfy the European new CO2 requirements. Significance, the SUV ought to get at least two times bigger battery.
2021 Toyota RAV4 PHEV Debut
According to words for the street, the plug-in hybrid version of the SUV will make its official launching at some point next year, so stay tuned for updates.