TOYOTA has increased choice in its flagship RAV4 Plug-in Hybrid range with the introduction of a new Design grade version.
Taking its place as the new gateway model in the line-up, the RAV4 Plug-in Design has advanced technology features for safety, multimedia connectivity, comfort and style.
It is priced from £46,495 which is almost £1,000 cheaper than the now mid-range Dynamic grade model.
The car is fitted with the Toyota Touch 2 multimedia system which includes a nine-inch touchscreen, six-speaker audio, satellite navigation and smartphone integration via Apple CarPlay or Android Auto.
The dual-zone air conditioning system has a remote operation function, so the cabin can be warmed or cooled in advance of a journey, and both front and outer rear seats have integrated heaters.
Convenience features include power driver's seat adjustment, a reversing camera, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, smart entry and push-button start and auto-folding door mirrors with integrated puddle lights.
The RAV4 Plug-in is the most powerful version of Toyota's mid-size SUV, with maximum power of302bhp from its 2.5-litre plug-in hybrid system.
It has class-leading performance in terms of zero emissions driving, range, CO2emissions and fuel efficiency.
It operates as an authentic electric vehicle: EV running is its default mode, in which it can cover up to 46 miles in urban driving on a full battery charge and reach speeds of 84mph with no intervention from the hybrid powertrain.
Battery charging cab be done in 2.5 hours using a 230V/32A connection and the car has a theoretical fuel economy of 282.5mpg with emissions rated at 22g/km.