Order books open for Toyota RAV4 and Highlander hybrids

Toyota has announced 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.

RAV4 Plug-in

The new RAV4 Plug-in Hybrid is 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 six per cent for company car tax payers.

Featuring a 2.5-litre petrol engine, a more powerful electric motor and a larger battery, the RAV4 Plug-in is claimed to deliver 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.

Highlander Hybrid

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.

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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