The Toyota’s Highlander was first introduced in 2002 and the 2017 model marks the fourth generation of this popular model. The Highlander is widely known as a luxurious Sports Utility Vehicle with amazing body strength. The 2017 model brings new changes in terms of exterior, interior and also in terms of engine. The cabin that accommodates up to 8 passengers at the time will be enhanced together with new, modernized technological features. As for the engine, there will be some improvements but not regarding the performance particularly but regarding fuel consumption and carbon emissions. The vehicle will be offered in several trim levels and although it seems quite simple from the outside, you will be surprised with the number and the quality of features inside of it.
The first thing you need to know about the newcomer is that it will be offered in five different trim levels including LE, LE Plus, Limited, Hybrid Limited and XLE. When you look at the car from the outside, you will easily conclude that the vehicle is strong, powerful and elegant. The vehicle will have redesigned headlights and taillights. It is still unknown whether or not the company will use LED technology for lightning. The front and rear bumpers will also be restyled. The company has just recently announced that they used only high-end materials for body structure not only to improve the strength of the vehicle but to improve its safety as well. There is a great possibility that new alloy wheels will be introduced.
We have already mentioned that up to eight passengers can enjoy driving in the new 2017 Toyota Highlander Hybrid. The seats will be covered in high-quality leather and they will be electrically adjustable. Well, not only adjustable but also ventilated and heated. Standard equipment for the newcomer includes electrical parking brake, air conditioning, cruise control, and parking camera. There is also an infotainment En tune system with touchscreen and Bluetooth connectivity. Optional equipment includes three-zone air conditioning, internet connectivity, hill hold control, radar cruise control, blind spot monitoring, heated steering wheel, and much more.
The standard 2017 Toyota Highlander will be offered with two engine options, a four-cylinder engine that produces 185 horses and a V6 engine that delivers 270 horsepower. Both engines will be coupled to a six-speed automatic gearbox and power will be sent to all four wheels. When it comes to the hybrid variant, it will probably be a combination of the powerful V6 power unit, electric motor, and extremely durable lithium battery. There are no details about the output or fuel economy of the hybrid variant, but we can expect great performance and even greater fuel economy for sure. We sincerely hope that the company will confirm these rumors very soon.
2017 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Release date and price
Details about the price or the exact release date are still unveiled. Some trusted sites say that the vehicle is expected to arrive on the market in the beginning of 2016. The price will vary from $38,000 to $48,000.