Toyota will expand its hybrid line-up with a proper plug-in RAV4, set for a full reveal at the Los Angeles motor show next month.
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Toyota will bolster the RAV4 SUV line-up with a proper plug-in hybrid, but it looks unlikely to make the trip to Australia.

A spokesperson for the brand today said "at this stage, we have no plans to introduce the RAV4 plug-in hybrid to Australia".

The decision is in keeping with Toyota's previous statements about plug-in hybrid and pure-electric vehicles, with Sean Hanley, Toyota Australia vice president for sales and marketing, in November 2018 telling CarAdvice "people want the normality of a normal hybrid".

The regular RAV4 hybrid – marketed as 'self-charging' – has proven popular with Australian buyers, accounting for more than 40 per cent of RAV4 sales over the last three months.

Buyers of the most popular RAV4 Hybrid Cruiser model currently face a wait of more than six months for their cars, although delays vary from model-to-model.

"Customers who ordered a RAV4 Hybrid Cruiser, our most popular RAV4 model, can currently expect wait times longer than six months from the date of purchase," the spokesperson said.

"Other RAV4 Hybrid models currently have different wait times and we urge customers to contact their dealer to discuss options.

"The supply situation can change month-to-month and guests can rest assured that Toyota Australia is working closely with our global head office in Japan to try to increase supply and reduce wait times as much as possible."

Details about the RAV4 plug-in's powertrain haven't been revealed, to be competitive with cars like the Ford Escape PHEV it'll need to offer around 50km of pure-electric driving.

The Prius Prime plug-in hybrid offered overseas has 40km of range, thanks to an 8.8kWh lithium-ion battery stored under the boot floor.