The next-gen 2021 Toyota Highlander SUV will be redesigned, and according to the latest news, it will hit the roads next year. The new Highlander is a famous family SUV that will remain to be a three-row model. It comes with a spacious and roomy cabin for eight passengers.
Under the hood, the new Highlander will continue to offer a few powertrain options, and the hybrid system is one of them. The latest spy photos appear, and according to them, the upcoming Highlander will borrow some cues from the smaller RAV4 crossover.
2021 Toyota Highlander Exterior Design, Colors
As we already wrote, the 2021 Toyota Highlander is caught testing and is heavily camouflaged. However, some of the exterior changes are visible. There will be minor redesign as per images. However, some small changes will make this model visually attractive. The front of this SUV is wearing an all-new grille and LED headlights that dominate over the front fascia. The Highlander will sit on the TNGA architecture.
The rear end is heavily camouflaged, and there is no visible spot to describe what is changed. According to the speculations, the Highlander will get a stronger back design with new taillights. Dimensionally, the new model will be slightly larger than the previous model, measuring 2.36 inches longer at 194.9 inches overall.
Colors that will be available to choose with this model are Midnight Black, Celestial Silver, Alumina Jade, Blizzard Pearl, Predawn Gray Mica, Ooh La La Rouge Mica, Salsa Red, Toasted Walnut and also Shoreline Blue Pearl.
At this moment, there are no available photos from inside. However, according to the officials, this model will be reconstructed from the ground. The manufacturer will use more quality materials, and more standard features will be added. As before, the upcoming Highlander will be offered with five trims L, LE, XLE, Limited and Platinum.
The Highlander SUV comes with three rows of seats and can boast up to 8-passenger on trims like L and LE. Also, this SUV comes with excellent cargo space. It offers 16.1 cu ft of cargo space behind the back row, which expands to 40.6 when that 60/40 split seat is down and 73.3 cu ft with the two rear rows folded flat.
2021 Toyota Highlander Engine Lineup
The upcoming 2021 Toyota Highlander will continue to be powered with the same 2.7-liter engine. This four-cylinder engine produces 185 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque under the current model. Also, it`s available with a 6-speed automatic transmission.
The next engine is stronger. Highlander will deploy 3.5-liter V6 that can generate 295 hp and 263 lb-ft of torque, and this engine is available with an 8-speed automatic gearbox. Front-wheel-drive setup is standard on both models, while all-wheel-drive is optional. Towing capacity is 5,000 pounds when the vehicle is equipped with the optional tow package.
2021 Highlander Hybrid
The hybrid drivetrain will also be on the offer. According to the officials, this model will hit the dealerships next year, as well. Under the hood, this engine consists of a 2.5-liter four-cylinder gasoline unit with a pair of electric motors/generators. The total output of the hybrid model will be around 240 hp.
The hybrid variant will also, as the engines above, come with the front-wheel-drive system as standard and all-wheel-drive setup as options.
Price and Arrival Date
The 2021 Toyota Highlander will be slightly redesigned. The new model will offer numerous configurations. However, the price will be the same, and the base model starts at around $33,500. Highlander Hybrid will raise the price to $40,000.
Limited Platinum trim that is the most equipped, starts at $47,000. All-wheel-system configuration is optional on all models and costs $1,800. Honda Pilot, Ford Explorer, and Nissan Pathfinder are Highlander’s strongest competitors. The debut of the new Highlander will be sometime in 2020.