Toyota is going to unveil the considerably improved 2017 model Highlander at the impending Intercontinental Auto Show to be held in New York. This popular mid-size sports utility vehicle gets a range of new and modernized equipment and technology, both inside and out, including a fresh Direct Shift eight-velocity automatic gearbox. The new 2017 Toyota Highlander delivers together with the refreshed body, tech, safety, and more. It’s outside design expresses both sophistication and power, which complements a sophisticated interior that sets an elevated bar in its sector. The third cohort mock-up, now getting into its fourth year, offers sufficient space for a maximum of eight people, an option of three engines and six trim levels, including a debutant athletic SE model.
2017 Toyota Highlander Redesign
The 2017 Highlander will get tasteful external styling improvements that will persist to turn heads. The outside changes start with a novel top and bottom grille design in the front for all models. Each model will be illustrious by dissimilar grille finishes that will carry into the headlight housing, as well. The LE, XLE and LE Plus models come equipped with silver painted finished grille, whereas the Platinum and Limited models will get painted chrome finished grille.
Around back, the new Highlander comes equipped with a set of redesigned sleeker taillights and the rear bumper of the Limited Platinum and Limited models will be garnished with chrome trim. Wheels will be in two options, 18(alloy) and 19 inches(Black Chrome Alloy), with All-Season Tires 245/60R18 and 245/55R19.
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The debutant SE model comes equipped with a set of distinctive aluminum alloy wheels of diameter 19 inches, adjusted suspension for a more athletic ride, and an athletic dark paint healing to the front grille, which is also integrated into the roof rails and headlight housings.
The new model Highlander comes with three new external colors that include Toasted Walnut Pearl, Celestial Silver Metallic, and Salsa Red Pearl, which is exclusively offered for the new SE model.
2017 Highlander dimensions:
– Wheelbase 109.8 inches
– Height 68.1 inches
– Width 75.8 inches
– Length 192.5 inches.
Toyota Highlander 2017 Interior
This time, the 2017 Toyota Highlander comes with notable inside updates that consist of the novel brown leather inner that will be offered to the Limited Platinum model as standard. All models of the new Highlander come equipped with five USB ports to charge personal gadgets more efficiently.
For those seeking a Highlander model with all the required bells and whistles, but need additional traveler seating, they can opt for the Limited Platinum and premium Limited models because they come equipped with the option of second-row captain’s seats, offering to seat for seven people or second-row bench chairs that can be expanded to offer sufficient room for eight passengers.
Furthermore, Highlander cabin will have three types of display, depend on trim(standard/available) 3.5-inch LCD display, 4.2-inch TFT Multi-Information display, and 8-inch display screen. The sound system has 6 speakers as standard, but optionally you could get JBL Synthesis Audio System with 12 speakers.
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Some standard and optional features are 3-spoke Steering Wheel, Heated Steering Wheel, Voice Recognition Controls, Dual Zone Manual Climate Control or 3-Zone Independent Automatic Climate Control, AM/FM/CD/MP3/WMA, Bluetooth Capability, 4 USB Charging Ports, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, AVN Premium Navigation and others.
2017 Toyota Highlander interior
The new SE model will stand apart from all other models in term of the interior design, as it comes equipped with distinctive black leather-bordered seats with silver sewing and prototype seat inserts, a black tray in the front, and corresponding door and dash inserts.
All models of the new Highlander will come equipped with the Toyota Safety Sense P as standard, which is an innovative multi-feature highly developed safety package that comes with automatic pre-crash braking. This package comes with the revolutionary safety technologies, such as Pre-Collision System, with the automatic emergency brake and forward collision alert, lane departure warning, pedestrian pre- collision system, automatic high beams and dynamic radar cruise control.
The performance will be improved in the 2017 Toyota Highlander gas models with the introduction of the fresh Direct Shift 8AT mechanical transmission, which will be attached with a new DOHC V6 Direct Injection powertrain with the displacement of 3.5 liters. This powertrain will produce the maximum power and torque of 280 horsepower and 337 Nm / 258 lb-ft respectively. Fuel economy for City/Hwy/Com is 22 mpg / 29 mpg / 24 mpg The new automatic gearbox is more compact and it will offer more transmission competence through its eight-velocity gear range. The 8AT mechanical gearbox will be offered as standard to all models of the new Highlander that come equipped with V6 gas engines.
The combination of the engine and the new transmission assist the new Highlander to attain the 60 mph speed from the static mode in 8.7 seconds and assist it in getting the top speed of 180 km/hour.
The new Toyota Highlander 2017 will also be powered by a DOHC four-cylinder gasoline power unit with the capacity of 2.7 liters. This would offer the new vehicle the required power and twist of 185 horsepower and 250 Nm / 184 lb-ft respectively. Fuel economy for City/Hwy/Com 23 mpg / 30 mpg / 25 mpg. This powertrain will be paired with a six-tempo mechanical gearbox to send power to the front wheels. The engine accelerates the new vehicle to attain the velocity of 60 mph from the stationary mode in 8.5 seconds and assists it to get the top speed of 188 km/hour / 115 mph.
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Price and the release date
The 2017 Highlander is expected to hit the Toyota showrooms during the concluding part of 2016 with the preliminary cost, ranging from $ 30,000 to $ 44,000.
2017 Toyota Highlander photos