Toyota Highlander 2021: Fresh Look and New Tech

The Toyota Highlander 2021 was first launched on the market in 2000. It is a full-size SUV that is sold outside of Europe, especially in markets such as the United States. Over the last two decades, three different generations of the model have been launched and, for the fourth generation, the Japanese company has decided to market it also in the Old Continent, whose launch in USA will take place in 2021.

Toyota’s Largest Hybrid SUV

Located in the Toyota model range, the new Highlander will be the brand’s largest option. In this way, they will be located above the Toyota C-HR, the Toyota RAV4, and even the five-door Toyota Land Cruiser 2021, an off-road model that, until now, was the largest vehicle that the company marketed in Spain. 

On an aesthetic level, this new generation of the Highlander SUV presents some of the design features that we have seen in the latest Toyota launches. It stands out for a large front that integrates sharp LED headlights, a large grille with the brand’s logo in the upper central part, and a robust bumper with a metal protector at the bottom, a small grille, and two openings in each end where the fog lights are integrated.

Toyota Highlander 2021

If we move to the side, we have an elongated hood, wheel arches with the classic protections of SUVs, a line that runs through the doors and the rear side section, and a marked rear wheel arch that gives it greater presence. In addition, the roof offers longitudinal bars and large 20-inch alloy wheels. And at the rear, highlights the large upper spoiler, the slightly sloping window, the horizontal LED taillights, and the bumper with metal protections to match the front.

As for the measurements of the Toyota Highlander 2021, for now, we only know its length, 4,950 mm, which makes it 110 mm longer than the Toyota Land Cruiser. In addition, it is built on Toyota’s GA-K platform, which gives it all the attributes of a crossover and high efficiency, low emissions, and electric all-wheel drive, as well as a spacious cabin and a 2-ton towing capacity.

A spacious interior

Toyota Highlander 2021

Inside the Toyota Highlander Hybrid 2021, we find a spacious cabin where the main protagonist is the 12.3-inch touch screen of the information and entertainment system, with satellite navigator and compatibility with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Located at the top of the floating-style center console, it tops a pair of vents, a storage compartment, and a lower console with the gear stick, various switches, and two cup holders.

The multifunction steering wheel gives way to a digital instrument panel with all the information related to the hybrid powertrain. The entire cabin is harmonized by an ambient lighting system. The upholstery is available in black or graphite, includes a multitude of storage compartments, USB connections, a Head-Up Display, a wireless charging point for smartphones, ventilated seats, and a digital rear-view mirror.

Toyota Highlander 2021

It also stands out for its seven-seater configuration in 2 + 3 + 2 distribution, which allows it to position itself as Toyota’s most versatile SUV. The center row has a 180mm slip margin, which adds legroom in the rear seats. Finally, the electric boot lid and hands-free opening give access to a compartment with a volumetric capacity of 658 liters, expandable to 1,909 liters.

Toyota Highlander 2021 A powerful hybrid engine

On a mechanical level, and unlike the engines with which it is offered in other markets, in Europe (and in Spain) it will be sold with non-plug-in hybrid mechanics. The basis of this system will be a 2.5-liter gasoline engine and Atkinson cycle that will be accompanied by two electric motors, each one located on an axle, which will allow it to have an intelligent electric all-wheel-drive system (AWD-i ).

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Electric power will be supplied by a nickel hydride battery that powers both electric motors and is located under the second-row seats. The result will be a total combined power of 244 hp, with CO2 emissions of 146 g / km and reduced consumption of 6.6 liters per 100 km, according to provisional data from the WLTP homologation cycle.

In turn, the Toyota Highlander 2021 has four driving modes: Eco, Normal, Sport, and Trail. These modes can be used when the vehicle is traveling using only electricity. On the other hand, Toyota has worked on the acoustic treatment of the windshield, roof, dashboard, and floor, as well as the wheel arches and the boot in order to reduce noise entering the interior.

The latest technology in security

The Toyota Highlander 2021 SUV offers the ultimate in safety with the most advanced driver assistance systems. These technologies are part of the standard Toyota Safety Sense package, which allows drivers to have solutions such as the pre-collision safety system with active power steering to avoid collisions and detection of pedestrians and cyclists, adaptive cruise control, maintenance system lane change warning with steering assistant, automatic high beams and traffic sign recognition.

Your strongest rivals

When the new Toyota Highlander arrives on the market in 2021, it will have to face a long list of rivals, including models such as the Hyundai Santa Fe, the Kia Sorento, the Seat Tarraco or the Skoda Kodiaq, among others.

Toyota Highlander 2021 price

At the moment, the prices of the Toyota Highlander 2021 have not been officially announced. This will take place once the model’s market date is announced, which is scheduled to happen sometime in 2021. For reference, the Toyota RAV4 has a starting price of 31,900 euros, so the Highlander will be slightly more expensive being a larger, more powerful, and capable vehicle. 

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