Toyota RAV4 plug-in hybrid: Emissions-free motoring coming soon as Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV-rival spied testing
Toyota's super-popular RAV4 could soon be getting a plug-in hybrid variant, with what appears to be a PHEV version spied undergoing on-road testing.
Demand for hybrid versions of the brand's popular SUV has been "unprecedented", so it's only natural that Toyota would look to add even more eco-friendliness to the lineup.
“We’re only two weeks into taking orders, but the current order intake is at 65 per cent hybrid,” Toyota Australia's vice-president of sales and marketing, Sean Hanley, told CarsGuide in May.
“I think it will settle below that, in the longer term - and we will continue to see where the market moves. But the RAV4 hybrid order books are definitely exceeding our expectations when it comes to volume."
Details of the plug-in hybrid remain thin on the ground - and Toyota is yet to comment publicly - but we'd expect the new model to use the 2.5-litre, four-cylinder engine currently at work in the RAV4 Hybrid. We'd then expect a bigger battery and more powerful electric motors, providing a pure-electric range of up to 50kms.
We reached out to Toyota in Australia for comment, who told us "we have nothing to announce at this stage".