On April 17, 2019, the updated Toyota Highlander was presented as part of the new York international automobile show. It is worth noting that the model is not a restyling, but already the fourth generation, which means that it has acquired a large portion of innovations on all fronts. The novelty received a modified palette of power units, a more spacious interior, a wide list of optional equipment and a refreshed exterior. It is not difficult to distinguish the fourth generation from its predecessor. Although the car has retained its brutal shape, the changes can be called drastic. First of all, I would like to note the reduced radiator grille. Instead of massive edges, it received a black grid design and a pentagonal shape. The Central air intake was also reduced. From now on, it is a narrow elongated ventilation slot. Head lights received a more modern led filling, and the “fog lights” are located a little higher. Personalization options have been expanded. You can choose from new 18-20-inch alloy wheels and a rich palette of colors.
The Toyota Highlander is a large crossover with three rows of seats. With the change of generation, following the General trend, the car has increased in size. From now on, its overall length is 4950 mm against 4890 mm for the third generation. It is worth noting that the additional 60 millimeters fell on the most problematic area for this class of cars. The manufacturer decided to extend the interior in the rear. Thanks to this solution, the third row of seats became much more comfortable, and the second row received increased adjustment ranges.
By default, the Highlander can take up to 8 people on Board, including the driver. For an additional fee, instead of the average sofa, you can order two more comfortable separate captain’s chairs. As for the size of the trunk, in the standard position, when loaded under the top shelf, the crossover can take up to 465 liters of cargo. If the owner does not plan to use the gallery, then 1150 liters, and if you add up the middle row, you can get a space of 2076 liters.
By default, the Toyota Highlander will be equipped with a V-shaped six-cylinder naturally aspirated petrol unit. It has four overhead camshafts, combined fuel delivery, and a proprietary dual VVT-i timing system. As a result, thanks to the large volume, the engineers managed to squeeze out 299 horsepower and 357 Nm of torque. As a transmission, an exclusively classic eight-speed hydro-mechanical automatic is offered. Drive, by default, only on the front wheels. For an additional fee, you can order a model with an all-wheel drive system, offered in two versions.
Some time later, after the start of official sales, the manufacturer promised to release a hybrid version. Under its hood will be a tandem of an electric motor and a 2.5-liter inline atmospheric gasoline four. The peak output of such a pair will be 243 horsepower, and the fuel consumption in a mixed cycle is only 6.9 liters per hundred kilometers.
The Toyota Highlander will be offered in five different trim levels. Already in the basic version, the crossover will be able to boast a Keyless access system, fully led headlights, a climate system with three working zones, as well as a multimedia complex with an 8-inch screen and advanced security features. Older versions, among other things, will receive exclusive 20-inch wheels, panoramic roof, perforated leather trim, second-row heating, all-round vision system and adaptive head light.