Looks like the Toyota RAV4 EV is coming back to the market next year. According to a new report from creative311.com, a fifth-gen Toyota RAV4-based 2022 Toyota RAV4 EV is scheduled to debut in late 2021. Note that Toyota has not confirmed an electric version of the new RAV4.
The RAV4 has been the chosen one at Toyota for experimenting with EV technology since the 1990s, and next year, the company could finally release the first RAV4 for unrestricted sales across continents. The first Toyota RAV4 EV was launched in the first generation in 1996 and the next one, which was co-developed with Tesla, followed in 2012 more as a “compliance car” to meet the state of California’s zero-emissions vehicle mandate.
Come 2021, the next-gen Toyota RAV4 EV sitting on the TNGA K platform will celebrate its world premiere, as per the Japanese report. Like the previous Toyota RAV4 EVs, the incoming model should be offered in the U.S. market where the electric crossover race is hotting up in 2021. Unlike the old models, the next-gen RAV4 shouldn’t be exclusive to California, and is likely to be offered to customers for outright purchase, in addition to leasing.
No technical details about the new Toyota RAV4 EV are available as yet. In Japan, the price of the 2022 Toyota RAV4 EV after deducting subsidy would be about ¥5 million or roughly $48,000, Creative311 reports. The debut of the fifth-gen Toyota RAV4’s all-electric variant is scheduled about three and a half years after its unveiling and it could carry some of the styling features that would be used for the facelifted ICE and plug-in hybrid electric variants.
In the U.S., the 2022 Toyota RAV4 EV would compete with the VW ID.4 initially. So, Toyota may be developing it to deliver a range of at least 250 miles. It won’t be able to challenge the German electric SUV on the pricing aspect, though. Volkswagen plans to cut the base price of the ID.4 in the U.S. (from $39,995) to around $35,000 when it starts manufacturing it locally at its Chattanooga plant in 2022. Seeing the Toyota RAV4 Prime PHEV’s base price of $38,100, it looks like the 2022 Toyota RAV4 EV, if launched, would cost well over $40,000.
A Honda CR-V EV is reportedly also on the way, but it’s a little further into the future, planned as part of the next-gen CR-V family. When it does arrive, though, the Toyota RAV4 EV would face one more close rival.
What is the next-gen Toyota RAV4 EV release date?
The next-gen Toyota RAV4 EV could debut in late 2021 and arrive in the U.S. in 2022.
What will be the 2022 Toyota RAV4 EV price?
The 2022 Toyota RAV4 could start around $45,000 in the U.S. market.