New look/fea­tures for High­lander

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Toy­ota has given i ts fam­ily- favourite ‘ SUV the High­lander a make- over for 2017, with a sharper­drawn ex­te­rior herald­ing pow­er­train and safety up­grades across the range.

A new trape­zoidal grille with sil­ver ac­cents is flanked by up­dated halo­gen head­lights and LED day­time run­ning lights. There are fresh 18- inch al­loy wheel de­signs on the GX and GXL ( as well as a new power back door with glass hatch for the lat­ter) and 19- inch al­loys for the range­top­ping Lim­ited model.

All mod­els also gain new LED tail lights.

Un­der the bon­net, the High­lander is the first Toy­ota to adopt the new, more pow­er­ful 218kW/ 350Nm 2GR- FKS 3.5 litre V6 ( petrol) en­gine and new di­rect shift eight- speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion.

The 2GR- FKS V6 is the first Toy­ota en­gine to com­bine both VVT-i W with D- 4S technology, re­sult­ing in re­duced car­bon emis­sions ( down 25g/ km) and re­duced fuel con­sump­tion ( by 1.1l / 100kms).

Toy­ota has also taken the op­por­tu­nity to add ad­di­tional safety technology across the range.

An emer­gency stop sig­nal and trailer sway con­trol has been added to all mod­els while Limit­eds also get t wo front park­ing sen­sors to com­ple­ment the four rear park­ing sen­sors ( avail­able on all mod­els) as well as a rear cross traf­fic alert to the ex­ist­ing blind spot mon­i­tor.

Lim­ited line mod­els also get Toy­ota’s Safety Sense pack­age con­sist­ing of the pre-crash safety sys­tem with au­to­matic brak­ing, high speed dy­namic radar cruise con­trol, lane de­par­ture alert with steer­ing as­sis­tance and au­to­matic high beam.

All mod­els have a slid­ing sec­ond row seat, while the third row has a 60: 40 split to in­crease lug­gage ca­pac­ity, of­fer­ing both prac­ti­cal­ity and flex­i­bil­ity for busy fam­i­lies or in­dus­try- based util­ity- lovers.

New model RRPs are:

High­lander GX FWD V6, 8-speed au­to­matic $ 63,490. High­lander GXL 2WD V6, 8-speed au­to­matic $ 66,490. High­lander GXL FWD V6, 8-speed au­to­matic $ 70,490. High­lander Lim­ited FWD V6, 8-speed au­to­matic $ 81,490.

Toy­ota’s up­graded High­lander.

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