Not long ago, Ford, Hyundai and Kia introduced a novelty in the crossover segment with three rows of seats. Toyota is not made to wait long and at the motor show in new York, held in April this year, presented an updated Highlander 2021. Fans of the brand admitted that the crossover is a fourth generation combines all the best from the last years models of the Japanese auto giant.
About the new product
One of the main markets for the Highlander are the United States of America. The model takes the second place in popularity among crossovers, second only to the Ford Explorer. Just last year sold 244511 cars of this model (for comparison: in the USA in 2018 implemented 1148). That is why the US was chosen as the venue for announcing new products. By the way, the previous generation also first introduced in the United States.
Presentation of the Toyota Highlander 2021 was pretty original. Artist automaker was printed on a 3D printer is about 200 items of the new crossover, hand-painted and then in a specific order, put them together and hung from the highlighted design. In the end, the audience could marvel at a hovering 3D model.
At first glance, the Highlander 2021 may seem that his body is not much different from the previous generation. However, the differences in appearance are obvious. Thus, the novelty has received a more massive front bumper and slightly tapered lights. A radiator grille similar to the one we already saw in the fifth generation of the RAV4, but to the bottom edge of the bumper don’t get it. The changes affected the trunk lid, taillights and bumper. The basic equipment of the model will come with 18-inch wheels for the top-end configuration includes 20-inch wheels.
The exterior of the new Toyota Highlander is clearly discernible features of the latest generation RAV4 and Avalon.
The creators said that the new product (compared to ancestor) is 60 mm long (4950 mm), other dimensions are not declassified. Due to the extended base and the increased volume of the trunk, however slightly – to 65 liters.
Small metamorphosis (compared to predecessor) has undergone and the interior of the vehicle. The main difference is the multimedia system display with a diagonal of 12.3 inches. Today it is one of the largest screens in the line car of this class. But it will not be available in all trim levels, but only in the top, the owners budget versions of crossover have to settle for an 8-inch display.
As for equipment, the Japanese automaker has equipped the entire line of Toyota Highlander 2021 proprietary complex of systems of active safety Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 (replaced the Toyota Safety Sense P). In the functions list:
- System the lane-keeping assist and frontal collision warning.
- The adaptive cruise control.
- Automatic switching of distant light.
- Recognition of road signs and others.
- For the convenience of drivers will appear voice control systems.
Through the use of better quality materials and improved noise insulation (again, compared to the third generation) stay in the car will be more comfortable.
The engine, gearbox and transmission
The previous-generation Highlander is built on the Camry platform. The new platform, Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA), which today is based almost all coming from the Japanese automaker cars. Due to this architecture under the hood can be installed not only gasoline V-shaped six, but a hybrid (gasoline-electric) engine.
The top engine is considered to be a 3.5-liter, 299-HP. It is assumed that in some countries you can buy will be a crossover with the engine weaker. The volume of hybrid installation – 2.5 m3, power – 243 HP together with such units will work 8-speed automatic transmission Direct Shift.
Novelty for Russian buyers will be available not only in four-wheel drive version, but front-wheel drive. 2WD version will be the base for 4WD will have to pay.
The owners of the 3.5-litre new models Toyota Highlander 2021 first hundred on the speedometer will be seen in 8.5 seconds. The maximum speed is electronically limited and is 180 km/h. With such characteristics uses the car every hundred kilometers 8.5 liters in mixed mode.
Specifications other versions currently kept in secret, however, the producers promise that the hybrid will consume less than 6.9 liters per 100 km.
The exact cost Toyota Highlander 2021 not yet announced, but, under assumptions of dealers, it starts with a mark of 2.7 million. It is known that gasoline modification will be available in 5 trim levels (L, LE, XLE, Limited and Platinum), hybrid – 4 (LE, XLE, Limited and Platinum).
When you can buy novelty fans of the Japanese brand in the USA are not reported. In the US the start of sales of the petrol version is planned for December 2020 hybrid – in February 2021. Close to this time will be disclosed all the details about the new Toyota Highlander 2021.