The Toyota Grand Highlander is the next step in Toyota’s Highlander line of SUVs. The new model has a longer wheelbase and a higher roofline. It will have up to eight seats and optionally offers more room in the third row. It will also offer new technologies, including a semi-automated driving system and remote parking.
The new model will use a 2.4-liter turbocharged engine and will produce 265 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque. This engine makes 47 lb-ft more torque than the outgoing engine. It also gets slightly better fuel economy, earning 25 mpg combined. It has an all-wheel-drive system.
Toyota is already planning a hybrid version of the Grand Highlander. The hybrid vehicle is expected to be powered by either a plug-in hybrid system or a self-charging hybrid system. The hybrid vehicle will have space for eight passengers and offer semi-autonomous driving capabilities in certain conditions. It will have a similar look to the FJ Cruiser.
The Toyota Grand Highlander could debut sometime in 2023. It will likely be a three-row SUV, but with a more spacious third row, advanced technology, and up-level materials. The new model will join the Highlander line of SUVs, which are both mid-size and full-size. It will likely debut in 2023 or 2024, though the exact release date has not yet been announced.
Toyota has already filed a trademark application for the Grand Highlander name at the USPTO for the upcoming 2023+ model. The Grand Highlander could also have plug-in hybrid powertrains. If the new model comes out with these features, it could become a hit in the SUV market.
The new Toyota Grand Highlander is expected to be built in the company’s Princeton, Indiana plant. Although the automaker has not announced any details about the new model, the automaker has already invested $1 billion in upgrading the manufacturing plant. The Grand Highlander will compete with rivals like the Ford Explorer and the Chevrolet Traverse, as well as the Hyundai Palisade.
While the Telluride, Ford Explorer, and Hyundai Palisade are already a popular three-row SUV, Toyota has plans to take a major attack with the Grand Highlander. The new SUV could feature more passenger space and increased cargo capacity, and could replace the Highlander’s lackluster rear seat.