The next-gen 2021 Toyota Highlander has been caught testing and the new model even though heavy camouflage will bring some changes. Like before, the new Highlander will remain to be a three-row SUV that comes with an attractive look and spacious cabin.

The family favorite model provides room for eight passengers. Furthermore, the latest spy shots are clearly showing that the upcoming Highlander will borrow some cues from the smaller RAV4 model. Powered-wise, the approaching Highlander will continue to offer the same gasoline and hybrid systems. However, one of the biggest news is the new TNGA platform that will be used on the upcoming model.

2021 Toyota Highlander

2021 Toyota Highlander Visible Changes

Even though the heavy camouflage, most outside parts on the 2021 Toyota Highlander are visible. According to the images, the next-gen model will get minor refreshments.

Upfront, the manufacturer will introduce all-new grille and LED headlights that are much thinner than before. Also, Highlander will sit on the new TNGA platform that will be more lighter. That means that fuel economy will be improved. The rest of the parts are heavily covered and secured for the curious eyes.

2021 Toyota Highlander side

More Techs and Space

As we already said, the new 2021 Toyota Highlander will continue to offer the same cabin configuration. This SUV comes with three rows of seats and the ability to accommodate seven or eight passengers. As before, this popular family SUV will be offered with five trims. The first one is LE. This trim comes with an Entune infotainment system and a 6.1-inch touch screen, keyless entry, a total of five USB ports, Toyota Safety Sense suite of safety features. Skipping the base model, the customers can choose the LE Plus trim. This trim is recommended and includes, tri-zone climate control, 10-way-power driver’s seat, better-quality fabric seating and also larger 8-inch screen. XLE is the next trim that will add a leather interior, navigation, moonroof, power-adjustable passenger seat. Highlander SE variants include a sport-tuned suspension, 19-inch wheels, and more exterior aesthetics.

The most equipped Limited will be techs rich. This trim features heated and ventilated front seats, a premium JBL audio system, and standard seating for seven (2nd-row captain’s chairs), panoramic moonroof and also bird’s-eye rearview camera.

2021 Toyota Highlander powertrain

2021 Toyota Highlander Engine Specs

According to the latest reports, the newest 2021 Toyota Highlander will come with the same powertrains as the current model. Under the bonnet, this SUV will be powered by a 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers 185 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque and it is connected to a 6-speed automatic transmission.

On top of that, Toyota is offering an optional 3.5-liter V6 that makes 295 hp and 263 lb-ft of twist. 8-speed automatic gearbox is available on this one. Also, the front-wheel-drive setup is standard, while all-wheel-drive is optional and standard on the hybrid model.

2021 Toyota Highlander Hybrid

The 2021 Toyota Highlander will hit the dealerships next year, and at the same time, the manufacturer will introduce a hybrid model. Furthermore, the 2021 Toyota Highlander hybrid version is powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder gasoline unit with a pair of electric motors/generators. Thanks to this configuration, the Hybrid model will deliver a total output of 240 hp.

2021 Toyota Highlander rear

Price and Release Date

According to the latest gossip, the approaching Highlander will start at $33,500. Highlander Hybrid will cost thousands of dollars more or $40,000. Top-raging Limited Platinum trim that provides a very long list of features will cost $47,000. Honda Pilot, Ford Explorer, and Nissan Pathfinder are the SUVs that will go shoulder to shoulder with Toyota Highlander. The new company’s SUV will arrive at the end of 2020.

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