In 2000, Toyota introduced a new crossover called Highlander. Over a 20-year period, the crossover underwent three-fold modernization, and by 2020 the company introduced an updated SUV model. The official show of the new items took place on April 17, 2019 at the New York Auto Show. The new Toyota Highlander 2019-2020 was presented with a greatly changed appearance. What innovations does the car have, and when is it expected to launch a new product for free sale, we learn in detail from the latest publication.
Appearance of the updated crossover
The photo of the new Highlander model shows that although the crossover did not receive a new body, it underwent major changes. One of the main changes is the transition to the new TNGA-K platform. Compared with the previous model, released in 2013, the new Highlander 2020 model when it will delight future owners not only with an attractive appearance, but with an even higher level of comfort and safety. Despite the fundamental changes in the exterior and body geometry, the car remained recognizable.
Changes have occurred in size, although minor. The length of the body increased by 60 mm, and therefore, unlike its predecessor, the 4-generation crossover stretched to 4950 mm, which played positively on the reputation of the car. Due to the increased length of the body, the novelty looks more stylish, modern and dynamic. To verify this, it is worth examining her appearance in detail.
The appearance of the crossover turned out to be exquisite, which was achieved by making fundamental changes to the front end. The front is distinguished by a false radiator grille, which has the shape of a trapezoid. The lattice is filled with black opaque cells of a non-standard configuration. It is framed by a chrome trim around the entire perimeter. In the upper part is the Toyota logo in chrome design with wings stretching to the headlights.
At the bottom there is a radiator grill with horizontal lines. On the sides of the front body kit there are recesses consisting of fog lights and air ducts. The aggressive and purposeful appearance of the novelty with front narrow LED optics is emphasized. The headlights neatly flow from the front to the side. The hood cover has radically changed, in the center of which there is a stamping in the form of a recess.
The side part has also undergone a change. First of all, from the side there are traced changes in the shape of the side rear-view mirrors, as well as their location. Compared to previous models, side mirrors have shifted to the body of the front doors. The shape of the mirrors has also changed, which are now slightly higher, but shorter. In the lateral part, a modification of the body is traced. In particular, a stamping appeared, which originates from the front door and ends near the handle of the back door. Side windows have a narrower shape at the rear. Huge cutouts of wheel arches remained unchanged.
The back of Highlander remained the most recognizable. The shape of the rear optics has changed most of all. Instead of wide headlights, the novelty acquired elongated LED optics located on the side of the body and the luggage compartment lid. At the top of the tailgate there is a spoiler with a stop repeater. Unlike the previous modification, on the new Highlander, the rear window has a greater slope, which makes the crossover more compact. The rear bumper has not changed much, only now its most part is the protrusion protruding from underneath. The appearance of the crossover turned out to be really attractive, aggressive and confident. Whether there have been changes in the interior of the new crossover, we will consider in detail.
The interior of the new Highlander 2020
Inside, global changes have occurred. Restyling Highlander received a completely new front panel. For its manufacture, high-quality materials from plastic to leather are used. The front instrument panel is presented in digital format on a 4.2-inch display. In the central part of the torpedo is a multimedia touch monitor. Under the display are buttons and controls for controlling the air conditioning and heating system.
The shape of the air ducts and steering wheel has changed. The three-spoke steering wheel has become more massive, in the design of which the control buttons for different car systems are presented. The central tunnel has become a little wider, on which the gear lever is located, as well as two holes for glasses and various trifles. The crossover capacity is 8 people, which is achieved through 3 rows of seats 2 + 3 + 3. The front seats are equipped with electric controls, which increases the comfort of the car.
The increase in body length has a positive effect on capacity. Second-row seats are implemented through the use of a sofa or comfortable chairs (depending on configuration). The third row of seats is presented in the form of a sofa with hospitable decoration. The luggage compartment is 456 liters, and subject to folding the back of the third row of the sofa, the usable area increases to 1150 liters. If you fold the second row of seats, then the boot volume increases to 2076 liters.
Compared to its predecessor, the luggage capacity of older models is less than 60 liters. However, when folded, 3 rows of seats, the boot volume of the older model is 1198 liters, and when folding 2 rows of seats is equal to 2370 liters.
About trim levels
Options and prices restyled Highlander 4 generations will be extensive. The manufacturer plans to release the car in 5 versions with corresponding differences. These are the following configurations:
- L - the basic version with 18-inch wheels, as well as electric windows, an electronic instrument panel, three-zone climate control and the ability to adjust the driver's seat in 8 positions.
- LE - differs from the previous configuration by the presence of an electric drive mechanism for opening and closing the tailgate, a leather steering wheel and LED foglights.
- XLE - in this configuration there is a driver's seat adjustment in 10 positions (and a passenger in 4 modes), a 7-inch instrument panel monitor, as well as automatic high beam switching, divided second-class seats, roof rails and an electric sunroof.
- Limited - 20-inch wheels, LED interior lighting, heated seats with ventilation, decorative interior design, as well as advanced multimedia functionality are installed.
- Platinum is the most expensive crossover equipment, in which future owners will see 20-inch wheels with a platinum design, adaptive optics, as well as heated secondary seats. In addition, the crossover with a panoramic sunroof, as well as the all-round visibility system will delight.
Prices for configuration will differ by 10 thousand dollars between the base and top modifications.
About technical equipment
The technical characteristics of the restyled Toyota Highlander 2020 are of most interest to future owners. There is recent news about the technical equipment of the crossover. The TNGA-K modular platform, on which the restyled crossover was relocated, is presented in the form of an independent suspension with front struts from MacPherson and a compact multi-link in the rear suspension. The new platform is characterized by increased rigidity, which positively affects the handling of a large crossover.
The novelty will be available with two types of power plants - a gasoline 6-cylinder engine and a hybrid version. However, the car with electric equipment will be released a little later. The basis is an atmospheric gas engine with a volume of 3.5 liters and 299 horses. The engine is paired with an 8-band automatic.
Additionally, the manufacturer offers a crossover with all-wheel drive. The rear wheels are connected due to the installation of a viscous coupling for budget complete sets, as well as the installation of an all-wheel drive transmission with individual couplings for each wheel in top-end configurations.
As for the hybrid version, an atmospheric gasoline engine with a volume of 2.5 liters will be installed here, as well as a pair of electric motors with a total power rating of 243 horses. The fuel consumption of the Hybrid Hybrid version will be 6.9 liters per 100 km. Moreover, the Hybrid will be offered not only with front-wheel drive, but also with all-wheel drive.
When will sales start and how much will the novelty cost
The start of sales of the family crossover Toyota Highlander 4 generation is scheduled for the end of 2019 in the United States. Questions about when the car will be released in Russia do not yet have an answer. One thing is clear that this will not happen until the end of 2019 - the beginning of 2020. The appearance of a hybrid version of the crossover is also expected no earlier than February 2020. You can buy a restyled crossover at a price of 42 thousand dollars for a minimum package. Watch the video review below.