Late last year, Toyota revealed its RAV4 variant to date at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show. Called the RAV4 Prime, it's the most powerful RAV4 to date, and they didn't do it with turbochargers or a V6 engine. Instead, it benefits from a plug-in hybrid powertrain which allows it to produce over 300 horsepower.
After its launch in the U.S, Toyota has debuted the Japan-spec version and dubbed it the RAV4 PHV. Also benefitting from a plug-in hybrid powertrain, the latest RAV4 variant gets a helping hand from electric motors and a high-output, lithium-ion battery pack.
The RAV4 PHV is powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 177 PS and 219 Nm of torque. But thanks to two electric motors, this plug-in hybrid now has a total system output of 306 PS. Paired with an 18.1 kWh lithium-ion battery, the RAV4 PHV has a claimed cruising range of 1,300 km or more and an electric range of around 95 km.
Besides having over 300 horsepower on tap, the RAV4 PHV also benefits from E-Four (electric four-wheel drive). A rear-mounted electric motor powers the rear wheels and provides additional grip and traction in slippery road conditions.
The RAV4 PHV comes with an external power supply that is rated at 1,500W, which could come in handy during a brownout. It offers two settings: BEV (battery electric vehicle) or HEV (hybrid electric vehicle). The former only uses power from the battery while the latter starts the engine to recharge the batteries once remaining battery power levels become too low. On a full tank of gasoline, Toyota claims BEV mode can run on approximately three days.
As far as features and amenities are concerned, the RAV4 PHV comes standard with the following: 9-inch touchscreen audio, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, heated and ventilated front seats, leather upholstery, digital multi-info display, and dual-zone automatic climate control.
Toyota Safety Sense (TSS) is also available on the RAV4 PHV which provides a plethora of intelligent safety systems. These include pre-collision safety with pedestrian/cyclist detection (day & night), dynamic cruise control, lane departure alert, automatic high beams, and lane tracing assist. For added safety, the RAV4 also benefits from a 360-degree camera system with birds-eye-view, front and rear parking sensors, and a heads-up display.
Will the 2020 Toyota RAV4 PHV be available in the Philippines soon? Perhaps, if Toyota somehow found a way to price it right. But since it's made in Japan, it will not benefit from the ASEAN Free Trade Agreement (AFTA), unlike the Corolla Altis Hybrid which is made in Thailand.