Even though it’s still among the best mid-size SUVs available, Toyota’s three-row Highlander is getting ready to receive a total makeover. While the previous testing model hasn’t revealed much regarding the redesign, the newest prototype says a lot indeed.
Judging by the fresh spy shots, the 2020 Toyota Highlander is getting pretty serious changes. First of all, the successor is significantly longer; plus, it rides on new chassis. This so-called, TNGA platform will cut a couple of hundred pounds, so the SUV should increase fuel efficiency. Also, the architecture includes hybridization, and that’s exactly what the new Highlander needs. The awesome vehicle will not get a new hybrid only. No, Toyota is working on the PHEV as well, yet I have no idea which combination the automaker prepares. The regular, gasoline Highlander will host a V6 engine. Reportedly, the new six-cylinder option will pump out exactly 301 horsepower. This one will use an updated and hopefully smoother eight-speed automatic transmission.
Like we announced earlier, from the outside, the 2020 Highlander will definitely mirror the RAV4. The family SUV will not only borrow crossover’s headlights, but also the aggressive-looking grille. Thanks to the additionally sloped rooflines, the successor will look sporty enough. So far, the rear hatch reveals just a pair of new taillights that appears to feature an interesting 3D treatment. Since it’s longer, the next-gen Toyota Highlander will provide more space inside. The extra room will be used to solve the issue in the back. Yes, the current offers a cramped third row of seats and just 13.8 cubic feet of storage, which is not enough for sure.
Aside from the extra space, the cabin will undergo a total redesign as well. Toyota will use better quality materials, without any doubt, while I largely expect a new infotainment system to be hooked up to a new 8-inch touchscreen. The multimedia will be coupled with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa.
Toyota Safety Sense-P will be a standard part of every trim level. The safety suite includes a range of useful systems including automatic braking, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, automatic high beams, and adaptive cruise control.
The fourth-generation Highlander which is also known as the Kluger in Australia will be officially introduced late this year. Consequently, the redesigned mid-size SUV will hit the showrooms in early 2020. There is no pricing information so far.