Toyota announces order book opening dates and prices for two new models that will swell its range of SUVs in the New Year: RAV4 Plug-in, the first plug-in hybrid version of the world’s best-selling SUV, and the all-new Highlander Hybrid, the first version of the large SUV to be sold in the UK.
The new RAV4 Plug-in Hybrid is the new flagship of Toyota’s hybrid electric range and also the most powerful RAV4 yet, its system producing 302bhp. Its default operating mode will be all-electric, with its new plug-in hybrid system enabling a 46-mile driving range on a full battery charge (WLTP data) and speeds up to 84mph. Official fuel consumption is 282mpg with 22g/km CO2 emissions (WLTP combined cycle), securing a benefit-in-kind rate of just six per cent for company car tax payers.
Featuring a 2.5-litre petrol engine, a more powerful electric motor and a larger battery, RAV4 Plug-in delivers both more rewarding performance (0-62mph in six seconds) and drivability, with 50 per cent more available at 37mph compared to the standard RAV4 Hybrid.
The new model will be available in two equipment grades: Dynamic and Dynamic Premium. Based on the equivalent RAV4 Hybrid specification, RAV4 Plug-in Dynamic will offer 19-inch machined-face alloy wheels, nine-inch multimedia touchscreen, access to connected services, heated front and rear seats and LED projector headlights. To support its EV capability, it will come with a 6.6kW (32A) cable for fast charging (wall box system required).
The Dynamic premium version adds features include black leather upholstery, front seats with ventilation and memory settings, panoramic roof, head-up display and JBL Premium Sound System.
On-the-road prices are £47,395 for the RAV4 Plug In Dynamic and £50,895 for the Dynamic Premium. Orders will be accepted from 4 January with first vehicles being delivered to customers during the second quarter of 2021.
The all-new Highlander Hybrid is the fourth generation of Toyota’s large SUV, but the first to be offered for sale in the UK.
Built on Toyota’s GA-K platform, it has authentic SUV credentials, combined with high levels of comfort, drivability, seating for up to seven and a fourth generation hybrid electric powertrain.
Two grades will be available: Excel and Excel Premium. The Excel specification includes 20-inch alloy wheels, leather seat upholstery, three-zone air conditioning, a panoramic roof and a JBL Premium Sound System. The Premium model adds a head-up display, power tailgate with hands-free operation, heated rear seats, 360-degree camera and a different 20-inch alloy wheel design.
Order books will open for Highlander Hybrid on 4 January, with the first vehicles due for delivery from March 2021. The Excel model is priced at £50,595 on-the-road and the Excel Premium at £52,575.
Further information and detailed specifications for both models will be announced in the New Year.
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