The ŠKODA Vision iV concept that previews the new ENYAQ

ŠKODA ENYAQ Is Brand's First Electric SUV

The badge for the new electric ŠKODA ENYAQ
The badge for the new electric ŠKODA ENYAQ

ŠKODA has confirmed that the name of the brand's first electric SUV will be ENYAQ. The new ŠKODA ENYAQ will be built based on the Volkswagen Group’s Modular Electrification Toolkit (MEB) platform.

According to ŠKODA, the ‘E’ references electromobility, while the ‘Q’ is the final letter of ŠKODA’s SUV family - KODIAQ, KAROQ and KAMIQ.

There is also an Irish connection. The name of the new ŠKODA ENYAQ is derived from the Irish name ‘enya’, meaning ‘source of life’. Enya itself comes from the Irish Gaelic word ‘Eithne’, meaning ‘essence’, ‘spirit’ or ‘principle’. The brand says the significance for this new model is that the ‘source of life’ symbolises the car manufacturer’s entry into the new era of electromobility!

The ŠKODA ENYAQ will be the first of more than ten electric models that will be launched under the ŠKODA iV sub-brand by the end of 2022.

By 2025, ŠKODA expects all-electric vehicles and models with plug-in hybrid powertrains to account for 25% of sales.

By 2021, the car manufacturer will have invested two billion euros in the development of electric models and a holistic, interconnected ecosystem for modern and environmentally friendly mobility solutions.

Previous concept vehicles unveiled by ŠKODA, have provided accurate indications of subsequent designs of production models. The Vision iV concept vehicle shown at the Geneva Motor Show in 2019 is a clue to the appearance of the new ŠKODA ENYAQ.

Speaking at an undercover drive of the new ŠKODA ENYAQ at Castle Durrow, Co. Laois, Raymond Leddy, Head of Marketing & Product, ŠKODA Ireland said:

“We are delighted that ŠKODA’s new electric SUV will carry an Irish name. The ŠKODA brand has really resonated with Irish people, offering exceptional value, quality and functionality. Our “Made for Ireland” television campaign has been hugely successful and has helped propel the ŠKODA brand to fourth position in the Irish sales charts in January. We are very excited about the new ENYAQ and look forward to sharing details of this incredible car with our customers over the next few months”

The ŠKODA Vision iV concept that previews the new ENYAQ
The ŠKODA Vision iV concept that previews the new ENYAQ

The new Peugeot 2008 is arriving in dealers now

2020 Peugeot 2008 Available To Order

The new Peugeot 2008 is arriving in dealers now
The new Peugeot 2008 is arriving in dealers now

Peugeot Ireland has announced pricing for the new Peugeot 2008 SUV, with the first models arriving in dealers this month.

The new Peugeot 2008 range will kick off at €23,900 for an entry level 1.2-litre Puretech petrol engine model in Active trim. The diesel range starts from €25,900 for the Active 1.5 BlueHDi 100bhp model.

Diesel models are arriving in dealers this month with petrol models expected in March. We will have to wait until April before pricing for the electric Peugeot 'e-2008' SUV is released corresponding with this model's arrival in Ireland.

This is an all-new version of Peugeot's popular compact crossover that was first launched in Ireland and Europe in 2013. It's the follow-up to the all-new Peugeot 208 supermini that launched here in January.

The new 2008 is longer and wider than its predecessor with a maximum boot capacity of 1,467 litres. The battery in the e-2008 is positioned under the floor, so there’s no compromise to space.

There's a choice of four PureTech petrol engines to include a 1.2 PureTech 100bhp 6-speed manual, a 1.2 PureTech 130bhp 6-speed manual, a 1.2 PureTech 130bhp 8-speed automatic and a 1.2 PureTech 155bhp 8-speed automatic.

The diesel offering is a 1.5 BlueHDi 100bhp 6-speed manual.

The interior of the new 2008
The interior of the new 2008

The new Peugeot e-2008 is the brand’s first fully electric SUV and is powered by a 50kWh battery and 136 hp motor to provide a range up to 310kms from a full charge, under WLTP testing.

Active is the entry level trim and standard equipment includes 16” alloy wheels, air conditioning, 6 airbags, ESP with Hill Start Assist, rear parking sensors with rear view camera, eco LED headlights, front fog lamps, rear full LED 3D claw-effect lights, Programmable Cruise Control and Speed Limiter, Speed Limit Recognition and Recommendation, Extended Traffic Sign Recognition, automatic headlights and wipers, two ISOFIX child seat fittings and child locking on rear doors.

The Peugeot i-Cockpit® is also standard featuring a compact multi-function steering wheel, heads up instrument panel and touchscreen. Bluetooth, Mirror Screen® with Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto are standard across all versions.

The Allure trim, from €25,850 plus delivery related charges, gains the latest-generation Peugeot 3D i-Cockpit® with a configurable 3D instrument panel display, 17” alloy wheels, central front armrest, electric / heated / power folding door mirrors, front parking sensors, an electro-chrome rear view mirror, privacy glass, automatic climate control, passenger seat height adjustment, electric parking brake, modular boot (2 position boot floor) and roof bars.

The GT Line version, from €28,380 plus delivery, gains heated front seats, a 10” touchscreen with satellite navigation, dark chrome chequered grille, twin chrome exhaust, a black diamond roof and rear spoiler, a choice of eight LED mood lighting colours, full LED headlamps with Smartbeam Assist, LED front fog lamps with cornering function, LED daytime running lights with 3-claw headlight, frameless interior rear view mirror and Active Safety Brake.

The top of the range GT trim, from €34,950 plus delivery, adds Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop & Go function, Lane Positioning Assist, Active Blind Spot Monitoring, smartphone charging plate, Alcantara upholstery, 18” alloy wheels and Peugeot Open & Go Hands Free Access.

Des Cannon, Managing Director at Gowan Distributors, said:

“The stunning all-new 2008 SUV has real road presence and I have full confidence it will gain new custom, even in its very competitive B SUV segment. Our philosophy of offering customers the option to choose the model, then choose the powertrain – petrol, diesel or electric – without compromising on space, technology, looks or driving sensations, is striking a chord with customers. We strongly believe this approach allows customers to opt for the powertrain that best suits their exact needs.”

The new Peugeot 2008 is now available from €23,900
The new Peugeot 2008 is now available from €23,900

The 2020 Renault Koleos

Renault Koleos Updated For 2020!

The 2020 Renault Koleos
The 2020 Renault Koleos

Renault Ireland has announced pricing and specifications for the updated Renault Koleos range. The latest version of Renault's large family SUV is now available to view at Renault dealerships around Ireland and goes on sale from €40,990.

The Renault Koleos was launched in Ireland in 2017 and you can read our Koleos diesel review here.

Renault has now enhanced the Koleos with some subtle styling updates, new engines, more equipment and a reduced purchase price in Ireland.

There's a new front bumper with satin chrome elements to emphasise the width of the car. New chrome trim adorns the sides of the Renault SUV and there's also a new rear bumper.

The big news is that there are two new engines for the 2020 Renault Koleos range in Ireland that reduce emissions. Front wheel drive versions will be powered by a new 1.7-litre dCi diesel engine with 150 hp. Four wheel drive versions are powered by the 2.0-litre dCi diesel now with 190 hp.

Renault say that both engines have improved CO2 emissions and fuel consumption compared to the outgoing dCi 175 version. Motor tax for the Koleos has been reduced from €570 to €390 per year.

All versions of the Koleos come with a CVT automatic gearbox as standard.

There are two trim levels for Ireland - Iconic and GT Line - with more equipment than before.

Iconic models gain hands-free parking, two-stage reclining rear seats and full LED headlights. Iconic versions also offer 7” touch screen with navigation, rear parking cameras, and blind spot and lane departure warning.

GT Line models now have an 8.7” touch screen and 19” two-tone alloys.

The interior of the updated 2020 Renault Koleos
The interior of the updated 2020 Renault Koleos

The new Renault Clio was Ireland's bestselling small car in January 2020!

January 2020 New Car Registrations Ireland

The new Renault Clio was Ireland's bestselling small car in January 2020!
The new Renault Clio was Ireland's bestselling small car in January 2020!

The Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) has released the official 201 new vehicle registration figures for January.

New car registrations for January are down 3.5% (31,251) when compared to January 2019 (32,370).

The top 10 bestselling car brands in January 2020 were 1. Toyota, 2. Hyundai, 3. Volkswagen, 4. Skoda, 5. Ford, 6. Renault, 7. Nissan, 8. Kia, 9. Peugeot and 10. SEAT.

The top 5 bestselling car brands in January 2020 were 1. Toyota Corolla, 2. Hyundai Tucson, 3. Ford Focus, 4. Hyundai Kona and 5. Renault Clio.

The bestselling car in January 2020 was the Toyota Corolla.

Light Commercial vehicles (LCV) are up 2.1% (5,666) compared to January last year (5,548).

HGV (Heavy Goods Vehicle) registrations are showing an increase of 8.8% (385) in comparison to January 2019 (354).

Used car imports saw a 26.4% (6,623) decline in January when compared with January 2019 (9,003).

The average CO2 emissions (108.33g/km) relating to a new car sold in January 2020 reduced by 5.8% on the comparison (115.04g/km) to the same time last year.

Diesel continues to remain the most popular engine type (42.1%) following by petrol (39.6), hybrid (13.6%), which gained a significant increase in market share, along with electric (2.9%) and plug-in hybrid (1.8%).

New electric car registrations increased with 898 registered in January 2020, compared to 799 in January 2019.

Commenting on the new vehicle registrations figures Brian Cooke, SIMI Director General said:

“January is the most important selling month for new cars. In this regard, it is very disappointing to see a reduction in new car sales compared to January last year, the fourth consecutive year in which there has been a fall. On a more positive note, there has been a reduction of nearly 6% in the average CO2 emissions from new cars registered in January, underlining the Industry’s commitment to reducing emissions from new cars. The Industry is fully committed to further significant reductions in emissions in the years ahead. New cars ultimately displace the oldest most environmentally damaging cars in the National Fleet and in order for Ireland to benefit fully from these technology improvements the new car market needs to be much stronger than it currently is and Government policy should support this. January also saw a significant decline in used imports, and while it may be too early to tell, the introduction of the NOx charge on January 1st appears to have reduced demand for older used imports.”    


The Opel Corsa at Gowan House, Naas Road, Dublin

Opel Launches 6th Generation Corsa

The Opel Corsa at Gowan House, Naas Road, Dublin
The Opel Corsa at Gowan House, Naas Road, Dublin

Opel has launched the 6th generation of the Corsa in Ireland, the brand’s best-selling model to date.

The new Corsa is available from launch with petrol and diesel engines, with an all-electric version ('Corsa-e') due in Ireland this April.

Retailing from €17,975 plus delivery related charges, it is already an international award-winner, crowned AutoBest Best Buy Car of Europe 2020.

Read our review here from the international Opel Corsa launch in Croatia.

James Brooks, Managing Director at Leeson Motors, Opel Importer in Ireland said:

“The arrival of the award-winning, all-new Corsa marks a new departure for the Opel brand in Ireland. It is the first new Opel model to market since Opel Ireland was acquired by the Gowan Group and internationally, it is the first new Opel model produced under the the PSA Group.

A recipe for success, the new Opel Corsa combines high everyday practicality with top technologies, economy, an exciting design plus lots of fun behind the wheel. Indeed, with the new Corsa, Opel is delivering on a promise to make top technologies available to a wide range of buyers, at affordable prices. It represents a huge opportunity to us, as the first new model in what promises to be an exciting produce pipeline over the next eighteen months."

The new Opel Corsa is in dealers now for test drives
The new Opel Corsa is in dealers now for test drives

The new Corsa offers increased interior space and comfort, retaining its renowned German precision for detail. The overall exterior height has been reduced to improve aerodynamics and lower CO2 and consumption. But there's still an increase in front headroom and a longer wheelbase and increased overall exterior length return better cabin space and comfort for passengers. The boot volume is increased (+24 litres) to 309 litres, or up to 1,081 litres with the rear seats folded.

A weight reduction of 108 kg, matched to an improvement in torsional stiffness and lower centre of gravity, delivers greater agility, performance and handling over the previous Corsa model. Available in three trims – SC, SRi and Elite - safety technology features available as standard, or as an option, dependent on trim include Forward Collision Alert with Automatic Emergency Braking and Pedestrian detection, radar-based Adaptive Speed Control, Lane Departure Warning and Traffic Sign Recognition.

The new Opel Corsa also brings adaptive glare-free IntelliLux LED matrix lighting to the segment for the very first time,.

With a choice of two petrol engines (1.2 75bhp or 1.2 100bhp), matched to a manual gearbox or an 8-speed automatic, and a 1.5 102bhp diesel engine manual, the improved Corsa delivers a reduction in CO2 of up to 25%.

The Corsa-e 134bhp returns an electric range of up to 337km (WLTP) and retains the same internal spaciousness and comfort as the petrol and diesel variants. Together with the Opel Grandland X plug-in hybrid, the Corsa-e’s arrival in 2020 marks the starting signal for the Opel electrification-offensive with the Vivaro-e van, and electric Opel Combo Life, Combo Cargo and Zafira Life to follow. Indeed, all Opel model ranges will be electrified with a hybrid or battery electric vehicle by 2024.

First launched in 1982, the Corsa is Opel’s best-selling model, with over 13 million units sold in Europe to date.

It's available now at Opel dealerships nationwide to test drive.

The new Opel Corsa will be available with petrol, diesel and electric powertrains
The new Opel Corsa will be available with petrol, diesel and electric powertrains

The Volkswagen e-Golf

Volkswagen e-Golf Gets A Price Cut

The Volkswagen e-Golf
The Volkswagen e-Golf

Volkswagen Ireland has reduced the pricing of the Volkswagen e-Golf ahead of the arrival of the new ID.3 this summer.

The e-Golf is now available from €27,895 including Government grants and the Executive Edition model from €31,550. The e-Golf Executive Edition has a high specification including ‘Vienna’ leather upholstery, 17” Madrid alloy wheels, LED rear lights, keyless entry, rear view camera and Active Info Display.

“The e-Golf has all of the quality, ease of use and attractive design of the Golf, a car that has been synonymous with the family car segment, but with a fully electric drivetrain, with zero emissions and with a range of 231km, which is 14 times the average private car journey and more than 16 times the average Irish person’s commute to work,” said Volkswagen Ireland’s Head of Marketing Mark McGrath.

2019 saw an almost 180 percent increase in sales of electric vehicles in Ireland, making up almost 3 per cent of all sales, with this figure expected to rise in the coming months. Buyers can avail of a Government funded support scheme to the value of €600 towards the purchase and installation of a home charger unit, in addition to the VRT rebate of €5,000 and SEAI grant of €5,000 for electric vehicles.

Drivers of an electric car can also save up to 75 per cent of the costs of tolls on some toll roads which can amount to a saving of as much as €500 cite Volkswagen. There are additional benefits for businesses, such as 0 per cent Benefit in Kind (BIK) for electric vehicles.

For customers who wish to move to one of Volkswagen future ID. electric vehicles, Volkswagen are offering the option of a special 2-year PCP.

“By getting your new e-Golf with a PCP product, there is a Guaranteed Minimum Future Residual Value of the car, so there is the assurance that you can be in the latest state of the art electric vehicle, and upgrade to the newer model without incurring as much risk in terms of residual (resale) values as the minimum value of the car is guaranteed by us,” adds McGrath. “With the e-Golf offering such great quality at a price point equivalent to a petrol or diesel model and with the assurance and value that the PCP product brings, this is a great way for customers to start their electric car journey, in a very familiar product. Plus, we can see from the CSO figures that many drivers are likely to vastly overestimate how far they drive in their daily commute so the e-Golf’s WLTP range of 231km will be sufficient for most commuters’ needs.”


The new SEAT Leon!

2020 SEAT Leon Revealed In Barcelona!

The new SEAT Leon!
The new SEAT Leon!

SEAT has taken the covers off the all-new SEAT Leon, which we can expect to see in Ireland in May.

The SEAT Leon has always been one of the most important vehicles in the brand’s line-up. Since the first Leon was sold in Ireland in 2000, over 13,300 SEAT Leon’s have been sold in Ireland.

Now in its fourth-generation, the 2020 SEAT Leon has been designed, developed and produced in Barcelona, Spain, at the brand’s Martorell facilities.

The Leon sits on the Volkswagen Group MQB Evo platform and the new car will be lower, longer and more aerodynamic. There's a new range of lighting technologies outside and inside of the vehicle. Full LED headlights on some models will include the brand’s signature design and dynamic indicators will feature also. The new Leon's side mirrors include integrated LED indicators and some models will have welcome lights that greet the driver and passengers projecting the word “Hola!” onto the ground!

There's a new interior with a more sleek and minimalist look. According to SEAT, everything in the cabin has been designed to be ergonomically precise for more comfort for everyone inside the vehicle. There will be a central 8.25" or 10” infotainment screen with gesture recognition. The SEAT Digital Cockpit adds a high-resolution 10.25” instrument cluster for the driver.

The interior of the new Leon
The interior of the new Leon

The 5-door SEAT Leon has a boot capacity of 380 litres (identical to the previous generation), while the Sportstourer offers 617 litres of boot capacity, 30 litres more than the previous generation.

The new generation Leon will be offered with petrol (TSI), diesel (TDI),  mild-hybrid (eTSI) and plug-in hybrid (eHybrid) units. Petrol engines are all direct-injection, turbocharged units and provide power outputs between 110PS and 190PS. The 1.0-litre TSI will be offered in the Leon for the first time, while more powerful 1.5 and 2.0-litre petrol units will also be available.

There will be three diesels, all 2.0-litre TDI units with outputs of 115PS and 150PS.

48V mild hybrid technology (eTSI) will feature for the first time in the Leon (1.0 TSI 110PS and 1.5 TSI 150PS, both offered exclusively with the DSG transmission). A plug-in hybrid using a 1.4-litre TSI petrol engine electric motor, 13kWh lithium-ion battery pack and six-speed DSG transmission will have 204PS and an electric only range of up to 60km (WLTP).

In Ireland the 2020 SEAT Leon will be offered in six trim levels: SE, SE Plus, Xcellence, Xcellence Plus, FR, and FR Plus. Pricing will be confirmed closer to launch.

The new Leon follows the successful launch in 2019 of the SEAT Tarraco family SUV.

Speaking about the new Leon, Niall Phillips, Brand Director at SEAT Ireland, said:

“The Leon is a firm favourite amongst Irish customers and we are confident that they will love the fourth-generation Leon even more. This model will bring a new level of technology, design and safety to this segment and we are excited to see the all-new Leon on Irish roads from May onwards. The Leon is hugely important to the brand, not only because it represents SEAT’s core DNA and values, but it will open up the brand to an even wider audience with the introduction of the mild hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrains."

The new Leon is on the way to Ireland this May
The new Leon is on the way to Ireland this May


The new Land Rover Defender

The New Land Rover Defender Visits Ireland!

The new Land Rover Defender
The new Land Rover Defender

Land Rover Ireland has announced that the new 2020 Land Rover Defender will be available to view at dealers across the country over the coming weeks. The 'Defender Ireland Tour' will kick off on 1st February giving Irish customers an opportunity to experience the new model before its official launch this spring.

1. Spirit Land Rover Sandyford Business Park, Arena Rd, Dublin 18 1 - 3 February 2020
2. Conlans Land Rover Naas Enterprise Park, Newhall, Naas, W91DP94, Co. Kildare 4 - 6 February 2020
3. Johnson & Perrott Land Rover Bandon Road, Bishopstown, Cork, T12 NX67 7 - 9 February 2020
4. Autoboland Land Rover Butlerstown Roundabout, Cork Rd, Waterford 10 - 12 February 2020
5. Lyons of Limerick Land Rover Ballysimon Road, Limerick 13 - 14 February 2020
6. Joe Duffy Land Rover Airside Motor Park, Exit 3 M1, Swords, Co. Dublin 15 - 18 February 2020

The Defender is an iconic model for the Land Rover brand, known for its all-terrain capability and toughness. It has now been reimagined for the 21st century, sporting a modern visual identity and the latest technology and features. It's powered by powerful petrol and diesel engines with electrified powertrains introduced with mild-hybrid technology and a plug-in hybrid coming later. 200 hp and 240 hp diesel engines will be the backbone of the range in Ireland.

Land Rover’s Terrain Response 2 technology is enhanced with new Wade programme, while Configurable Terrain Response allows the driver to tailor set-up more precisely. A maximum payload of up to 900kg, static roof load of up to 300kg, towing capacity of 3,500kg and wading depth of up to 900mm help the new Defender to live up to the image as the ultimate 4x4 for overland adventures.

The new Land Rover Defender is available in 90 and 110 body designs (short and long wheelbases), with six trims available: Defender, S, SE, HSE, Defender X and First Edition. Commercial models will join the line-up later in the year.

Four Accessory Packs - The Explorer, Adventure, Country and Urban - each give the new Defender a distinct character. The exclusive First Edition model features a unique specification and will be available throughout the first model year of production.

The Defender 110 First Edition model will be available to view on the upcoming Defender Ireland Tour.

Irish prices start from €68,160 for the Defender 110 2.0 SD4 AWD Auto model.

For more information about The Defender Ireland Tour, visit www.landrover.ie/defenderirelandtour.


Renault Ambassador and Today FM Breakfast Presenter Ian Dempsey launched the partnership between Renault Ireland and Irish charity The Care Trust (TCT) to supply 36 All-New Renault Clios for its series of fundraising lottery draws in 2020, the first of which takes place on Friday 31st January.

Renault Ireland Partners With The Care Trust

Renault Ambassador and Today FM Breakfast Presenter Ian Dempsey launched the partnership between Renault Ireland and Irish charity The Care Trust (TCT) to supply 36 All-New Renault Clios for its series of fundraising lottery draws in 2020, the first of which takes place on Friday 31st January.
Renault Ambassador and Today FM Breakfast Presenter Ian Dempsey launching the new partnership between Renault Ireland and Irish charity The Care Trust (TCT)

Renault Ireland will partner with Irish charity The Care Trust (TCT) to supply 36 new Renault Clios for its series of fundraising lottery draws in 2020.

The Care Trust is a non-profit organisation and a registered charity, raising much needed funds for the CRC, Rehab, and the Mater University Hospital since 1974. In 2019, The Care Trust provided €2.15 million to CRC, Rehab and the Mater Hospital from its fundraising efforts. These funds help to ensure that thousands of children and adults with physical, medical or intellectual disabilities, those who are socially disadvantaged and those requiring medical care have the opportunity to achieve their full potential.

The Care Trust runs three draws every month, and a new Renault Clio must be won in every draw.

In the 30 years since the iconic supermini first went on sale, Clio has become Renault’s best-selling model worldwide, with 15 million Clios finding homes.

The fifth generation Renault Clio has just arrived in dealers around Ireland.

Conor Dixon, Renault Ireland, said:

“We’re delighted to partner with The Care Trust, which does such fantastic work through its beneficiaries at the CRC, Rehab and the Mater Hospital. We wish all 36 lucky winners safe and happy driving in their All-New Renault Clios!”

Senan Mullins, Chief Executive, The Care Trust, said:

“We are very grateful to Renault Ireland for their tremendous support and goodwill and we are looking forward to a great partnership which will offer our contributors the chance, well 36 chances this year in fact, to win an All-New Renault Clio, along with cash prizes in every draw. The Care Trust has been fundraising since 1974, thanks to our generous and loyal contributors, from all over the country, who make a huge difference to the lives of children and adults in Ireland who depend on the fantastic services provided by CRC, Rehab and the Mater University Hospital”.


The new Toyota RAV4 Plug-In Hybrid

2020 Toyota RAV4 Plug-In Hybrid For Ireland

The new Toyota RAV4 Plug-In Hybrid
The new Toyota RAV4 Plug-In Hybrid

Toyota Ireland is to introduce a new plug-in hybrid version of the new RAV4 before the end of the year.

Pricing of the new Toyota RAV4 Plug-in Hybrid will be confirmed closer to launch but the brand has already informed us that they will have a limited supply of this new model arriving in Ireland towards the end of 2020 and expect the 2021 allocation to be mostly pre-sold before the end of 2020.

In 2019, the brand introduced an all-new generation of the popular RAV4 SUV. For Ireland, the new Toyota RAV4 has been sold exclusively as a self-charging hybrid. However come the end of 2020, buyers will also be able to opt for a plug-in hybrid version offering drivers more flexibility with the ability to plug-in, charge and drive on pure electric power for a claimed 64 km.

Toyota already offers a Prius Plug-in Hybrid in Ireland.

More power and super low emissions for the RAV4

The new RAV4 Plug-In Hybrid will use the same 2.5-litre petrol electric hybrid but a new, high-capacity lithium-ion battery and an enhanced boost converter to the hybrid system’s power control unit will give full system output of 306 hp. Toyota says it has the potential to deliver acceleration from rest to 100 km/h in just 6.2 seconds. Toyota’s pre-homologation, WLTP-standard data indicates CO2 output for this new model of less than 29g/km.

It's built on Toyota’s GA-K platform and according to the brand there will be added dynamic benefit by locating the hybrid battery beneath the floor. It is also equipped as standard with all-wheel drive. There will be four driving modes and the driver can switch from hybrid to pure EV driving. Speeds up to 135 km/h can be reached without any intervention of the internal combustion engine, even under full acceleration.

The interior of the new RAV4 Plug-In Hybrid
The interior of the new RAV4 Plug-In Hybrid

New design features

Styling updates include dark plating for the dedicated grille mesh and frame and headlight extensions, together with a new metallic finish on the lower bumper moulding. New 18 and 19-inch wheel designs combine contrasting bright machined and grey or black finishes, while at the rear there is a metal-like finish for the garnish beneath the screen and black plating for the under-run.

In the cabin the focus is on new upholstery designs with a sporty feel, with ribbed patterns with contrast red detailing. The centre console features a nine-inch multimedia touchscreen display – the largest in any RAV4 model – for clear and easy control of the car’s entertainment, information and connectivity functions.

Some of the equipment available on the new RAV4 Plug-In Hybrid range will include 19-inch alloy wheels, heated front and rear seats, a 230 V power outlet in the cabin, a bi-tone exterior paint finish, power tailgate, nine-inch display audio system and the latest Toyota multimedia package with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration.

Commenting on the new RAV4 Plug-in Hybrid, Steve Tormey, Toyota Ireland CEO said:

“We’re delighted to offer another electrified option for customers, further cementing our leadership in the drive to a full zero emissions society. Toyota are constantly innovating and this best-in-class plug-in hybrid will be an excellent option for customers looking to further extend their electrified driving. The RAV4 is one of our most popular models and it was a runaway success in 2019, with the majority of our dealers selling out of their allocation by midyear 2019, and we are expecting a lot of customer demand for this model in 2020. The launch of the plug-in RAV4 also is a clear demonstration of our Built For A Better World brand promise, to make life better for Irish families, by contributing to  cleaner environment and better air quality for all.”