In the automotive world, sometimes news of a vehicle’s potential launch date is met with lukewarm response from fans and enthusiasts. Other times, it is the complete opposite reaction. People wait for every little bit of news and updates, because they know the vehicle they are waiting for is going to be exciting, revolutionary or that it will just look incredible.
With the case of the 2021 RAV4 Prime, let’s go with the latter. This specific sport utility vehicle will break automotive barriers and will set sales records to some yet-unknown degree.
But when will we see it? It was tentatively planned to reach retail dealerships in the United States this upcoming summer of 2020. I had most recently heard talk of an August delivery target. However, with current world events such as they are, I feel we can safely expect a delay with both incoming RAV4 Prime news from Toyota and with a corresponding launch date.
2021 RAV4 Prime Specs
With the RAV4 Prime, Toyota is taking a giant and important step in the evolution of both the RAV4 itself and in its vehicle philosophy. The RAV4 is currently the best-selling SUV in the entire country, known for its dependability, versatility and ride comfort. Now, with a brand new plug-in option and its aggressive power potential, we may be talking, in the cliché world, about “taking things to the next level here.”
Plus, Toyota has made a strong declaration to produce more hybrid and alternative fuel cars, trucks and SUVs than ever before. In fact, varying stories indicate the willingness to produce anywhere from 25% to 30% of all its vehicles with some form of hybrid or alternative fuel powerplants.
The 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime will be the fastest and most powerful RAV4 to-date. Yes, even faster than the legendary RAV4 V6 engine of yesteryear. Similar to the Prius Prime, it will offer drivers the ability to utilize gasoline and the ability to plug it in to take advantage of electric power only. Daily commuters and carpool friends, take note here. This is a game changer.
• Total system power of 302 horsepower.
• Can accelerate from 0-60 in 5.8 seconds (only Toyota Supra is faster).
• Driving range up to 39 miles on one electric charge.
• Fuel efficiency of 90 MPGe (combination of gasoline and electric).
• Offered in SE and XSE trim levels.
Launch date for 2021 RAV4 Prime
Toyota recently announced a suspension of all its North American plants through May 1, with production expected to resume on May 4. This will not only push back delivery of vehicles currently being manufactured, but without a doubt vehicles scheduled to be released this summer and potentially into the fall.
How will this affect the 2021 RAV4 Prime? Toyota has not yet revealed this information, and it may be more of a fluid situation at this time. In my opinion, potential buyers should expect quite a wide window here, with the first RAV4 Prime models hitting retail dealerships anywhere from the fall to end of 2020.
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Time for your thoughts on 2021 RAV4
I would love to hear your feelings on this potential delay and if it will have any impact at all on your desire to buy a new 2021 RAV4 Prime. What features and specs are you most excited about? If faced with the prospect of waiting, will you now turn your attention to a RAV4 Hybrid instead?
Thanks for reading everyone. See you next story when I detail your 3 cargo area configuration options in the 2020 Toyota 4Runner.
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