Toyota Teases The RAV4 Plug-In Hybrid As The “Most Powerful Yet”

We'll know more at next month's LA Auto Show

2021 Toyota RAV4 Plug-in Hybrid
The new RAV4 Plug-in Hybrid will debut next month. [Photo: Toyota]

The Toyota RAV4 Hybrid has been around for a few years now, and its second generation brought about the most efficient version to date of the brand’s most popular car. There’s never been a plug-in variant though, until now. After Toyota teased the latest version of its hydrogen-powered Mirai, it also dropped the upcoming 2021 RAV4 Plug-in Hybrid. It looks identical to the standard RAV4 Hybrid, but there’s naturally more going on under the skin.

As to what exactly is going on under the skin, Toyota’s mum on the details for now. We do know the 2021 RAV4 Plug-in Hybrid will debut in Los Angeles. It also comes in a new color, Supersonic Red (shown above). Toyota says the color “highlights the new plug-in hybrid vehicle’s surprising performance capabilities.” The company also teased the car as its “most powerful RAV4 yet”, though there aren’t any official numbers to put that into context.

The current RAV4 Hybrid is the most powerful model on sale right now. It makes 219 horsepower to the conventional model’s 203 horsepower. We’ll have to wait until November 20 to see how much more the RAV4 Plug-in Hybrid can manage. Toyota may go for a lithium-ion setup to the standard hybrid model’s nickel-metal hydride batteries. Beyond that, we may see some tweaks to the electric motors as well as the 2.5-cylinder engine under the hood.

TFLcar will be at the 2019 Los Angeles International Auto Show, so stay tuned for more updates. In the meantime, check out more on the standard RAV4 Hybrid below: