2017 Toyota Highlander is officially confirmed to break the cover at 2016 New York Auto Show. The new-generation Highlander is not that big upgrade over its outgoing model but has been re-touched from toe-to-head to take over the competitors in a way better than ever. Yes, it’s not for enthusiasts but options of three powertrain – Front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive and Hybrid – making it a crossover for everyone.
Other highlight of the 2017 Toyota Highlander is a new 3.5-liter V6 motor on offer. Its technical specifications are yet to be known but what we are quite sure about is the motor will be available on top-end with an 8-speed automatic transmission on duty to deliver power to all four wheels. LE models continue to make use of 2.7-liter 4-cylinder engine that comes with a 6-speed automatic gearbox in front-wheel drive layout.
Toyota has also planned Highlander SE for performance seekers. This particular variant comes with a number of sporty cosmetic upgrades like dark alloy wheels of 19-inch, similarly toned grille along with more prowess to control the horses, thanks to re-tuned suspension. On the other hand, the Hybrid gets CVT transmission with all-wheel drive system being standard.
Buyers can opt between 7-seats and 8-seats layouts, as between six trim levels. Highlights on the safety front are automatic braking, lane-departure warnings, auto high-beams, pedestrian pre-collision and radar-based automatic cruise control. All these equipment are available as standard as part of Toyota Safety Sense package. The range-topping Highlander Platinum models get a Bird Eye View Camera & Perimeter Scan additionally, at no extra cost.