The popular mid-size crossover is about to come completely redesigned by the end of the year, as 2020 Toyota Highlander. Those are the latest reports about the crossover, which hasn’t changed too much in the last six years. The current generation is on the market since 2013. Despite the age, most experts still consider it one of the best models in the class. This especially refers to the hybrid version, which offers class-leading mpg ratings.
However, the Japanese manufacturer wants to make this model even better. Therefore, we are about to see a completely new model by the end of the year. It will come better in many ways. Of course, we will see a completely new styling, as well as completely new mechanics, including the company’s new TNGA platform. Details about the powertrain are still unknown, though we could presume that most engines from the current model will carry on. When it comes to the launch date, we probably won’t see the new model before the last quarter of the year, which is a little bit untypical for redesigns.
2020 Toyota Highlander Redesign
Without any doubt, 2020 Toyota Highlander redesign will bring a lot of novelties. Of course, the most important thing about the new models is the platform. Like other newer models from the Japanese manufacturer, this one will also ride on the company’s new architecture, known as TNGA. It will bring a lot of improvement to this crossover, starting with better driving dynamics and efficiency, a more comfortable ride and much more.
Also, one of the biggest changes will be in terms of size. When it comes to 2020 Toyota Highlander dimensions, count on a longer wheelbase and overall length. Of course, this will be highly beneficial in terms of the interior space, particularly in the cargo area. To remind you, the current model offers quite modes cargo volume behind the third row.
Of course, the styling is also one of the most important categories. Of course, the redesign also means a completely new look. The testing model has been spotted recently. However, it still wears a complete camouflage, so it seems hard to talk about details. Still, we are pretty sure that the new model will be adapted to the brand’s newest SUV design language. In practice, this means it will feature pretty much the same face as the new RAV4. The compact crossover came redesigned recently and it takes a lot of inspiration from the company’s body-on-frame lineup, particularly Tacoma and 4Runner models. The result is a much more rugged look, which could also indicate better off-road capabilities in the new model.
Considering the complete camouflage, it seems hard to speculate about interior details. At this point, we can talk about general things only. As we already mentioned, the 2020 Toyota Highlander will grow bigger. This will provide more space on the inside and we are pretty sure that the third row, which is currently pretty tight, will benefit a lot from this change. Same goes to the cargo area, which currently isn’t among class leaders and Toyota badge obligates this model to be among class leaders in all aspects.
Of course, the redesign will also bring a completely new dashboard design. At this point, we can’t talk about details, but we can say for sure that the new model will be full of latest tech goodies, especially when it comes to safety systems and advanced driver aids.
2020 Toyota Highlander Engines
The outgoing model comes in three powertrain versions and we expect the same from the 2020 Toyota Highlander. However, the current base engine will probably be replaced with something more efficient. It is a 2.7-liter unit that delivers around 185 horsepower, which isn’t a spectacular amount of power, considering the engine’s displacement.
On the other side, the optional 3.5-liter V6 will definitely carry on. However, we count on a couple of modifications that would raise the total output, which currently goes around 306 horsepower, and also improve fuel economy and overall efficiency.
Finally, there is a hybrid model. The current version features a pretty impressive system which consists of a V6 gasoline engine and three electric motors. Such combination s a impressive output of 306 horsepower. Still, this is not just a powerful system, but also very economical. This model offers class-leading mpg ratings. Considering all the qualities, we are pretty sure that the same system will find the place under the hood o20 Toyota Highlander. Of course, count on a couple of modifications that will provide even better efficiency.
2020 Toyota Highlander Release Date and Price
Latest reports suggest that the new 2020 Toyota Highlander will hit the market in the last quarter of . We don’t count on bigger changes in price compared to the current model, which starts around 31.000 dollars.