Nica Onate / Toyota | November 09, 2016 07:38
More power, safety tech arrive in updated Toyota Highlander
Toyota Motor Corporation recently revealed a refresh 2017 Highlander with more power, safety as well as model choices.
Starting with the exterior, the front grille on LE, LE Plus and XLE grades features a silver-painted finish, while Limited and Platinum grades have a painted chrome finish. The taillights are redesigned for a sleeker look and now feature standard LEDs, and the Limited and Platinum models receive an improved rear bumper chrome garnishes.
Apart from these, three new exterior colors are made available such as Celestial Silver Metallic, Toasted Walnut Pearl, and exclusively on the new SE, Salsa Red Pearl.
Inside, the 2017 Highlander features a distinct black leather-trimmed seats accented with silver stitching and pattern inserts, along with matching dark dash and door accents. It also now offers room for up to eight with three-row seating. The Limited Platinum, on the other hand, offers a new brown leather interior.
The refresh 2017 Highlander is powered by a new 3.5-liter D-4S Injection V6 that produces an output of 299 PS and 375 Nm of torque. Toyota also said that to make best use of the engine’s upgrade, the V6 Highlander now employs a new Direct Shift – 8AT 8-speed automatic transmission.
In addition, all Highlander Hybrid models now offers Electronic On-Demand All-Wheel-Drive System with intelligence (AWD-i) as standard. Instead of transfer gears and a driveshaft to the rear wheels, this AWD-i system employs a second, independent electric motor to drive the rear wheels when needed to help maintain optimal traction.
It also gets new feature, Stop and Start Engine System (S&S), which enables the engine to shut off when the vehicle comes to a complete stop, and then restarts when the driver’s foot lifts from the brake pedal.
The Highlander Hybrid adds two new grades, (LE and XLE), joining the Limited and Platinum models for a total of four. Accompanying the gas model’s all-new SE grade are LE, LE Plus, XLE, Limited and Limited Platinum, all available in either FWD or AWD.