Next year Toyota Motor Corp.'s RAV4 small SUV will add a high-performance model that boasts all-wheel drive and a 302-hp plugin hybrid powertrain.
Toyota unveiled the 2021 model RAV4 Prime today at the Los Angeles auto show. The car will debut in Japan and the U.S. next summer and reach European markets a few months later.
The Prime will be able to zip from zero to 60 mph in 5.8 seconds, yet travel 39 miles on battery power alone and deliver the equivalent fuel economy of 90 mpg. The hybrid system mounts its battery under the floor.
Exterior styling tweaks include 18- or 19-inch wheels, vertical LED accent lights, piano black roof and body accents and a custom front grille and lower spoiler. The RAV4 Prime rides on a sport-tuned suspension.
Inside, available features include paddle shifters, wireless smartphone charging, a head-up display, radar adaptive cruises control, road sign assist, pre-collusion system and lane departure alert.
Other standard or optional equipment are heated steering wheel and rear seats, adaptive headlamps, ventilated front seats, kick-type power liftgate, compatibility with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and a predictive driving system that maximizes fuel efficiency.
The historic plant has built—and is building—a lot of cars in its 70-year run of commercial vehicle production. Today, with the e-Golf and the GTE, it is making what are arguably the most-advanced Volkswagens out there.
Chrysler pioneered the modern-day minivan more than 30 years ago and has been refining and improving that type of vehicle ever since.
Hyundai enters the American market with a new parallel hybrid system that uses lithium-polymer batteries and the same six-speed automatic found in non-hybrid versions of the 2011 Sonata.