New look/features for Highlander
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.