Toyota has updated its 2017 mid-size seven-seat family crossover. The new Toyota Highlander has received an updated exterior and interior design, modified power engines, and a more advanced active safety technology.
Let’s take a look at all the changes in detail!
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New Toyota Highlander SE: the size
The dimensions have not undergone any particular changes – the difference is about a few millimeters. However, the car will weigh less and there will be more than enough space for seven or eight people inside.
2017 Toyota Highlander configurations
The Highlander, according to the information from the producer, will be released in six versions. The basic version will be called LE. Premium versions will be called Limited and Limited Platinum.
Design of the new Highlander exterior
The upgraded 2017 Highlander will not be particularly different from the previous generation of Highlander 2 since it’s too early to embark on drastic changes. However, in terms of restyling, in the first place the changes will concern structural materials, aluminum alloys and new types of steel to reduce the weight of cars.
Modern aerodynamic solutions are also good news for Toyota Highlander.
Reducing the friction of air has a beneficial effect on the dynamic characteristics. Therefore, the air ducts are upgraded; their vertical slots are hidden under the updated bumper. Trapezoidal radiator grill (traditionally divided into two parts) impresses with its gigantic dimensions.
LED optics is trendy too: LED technology was used for headlights, daytime running lights and fog lights of the Highlander. Rear parking lights are also made with more advanced technology, and even changed the graphics to a more recent one.
The stamping on the hood that looks slightly like a predatory grin and 18-inch alloy wheels are all innovations of the exterior.
Edmunds’ Josh Sadlier takes you on a walk around of the 2017 Toyota Highlander. He goes over specs, design, the interior and more. The refreshed 2017 Toyota Highlander and Highlander Hybrid midsize SUVs will arrive at Toyota dealerships in the fall.
Toyota Highlander interior
Designers of Toyota have tried to create the salon of upscale status for the upgraded highlander. Dark leather sewn with a glittery thread was chosen as a finishing material. Optionally, there is brown leather option offered.
The conditions for the driver and passengers have been improved. The power of steering wheel has been updated, a new gearbox has been installed, and the seats have become adjustable. The climate inside is regulated in an automatic mode, in the same way the weather data overboard are updated, and satellite radio is used to receive information. To output the information, an 8-inch HD resolution display is installed.
The sound is reproduced by the digital audio system including six quality speakers. For the convenience of using mobile gadgets, there are several USB ports, equipment for Bluetooth and even Wi-Fi.
2017 Toyota Highlander First Review Infotainment options Inside, the Highlander continues to provide owners with plenty of infotainment options advancing through the many trim levels (six for the regular Highlander, four for the Hybrid), as well as plenty of places to stash small stuff.
All versions of the Toyota Highlander of the 2017 model, starting with the basic models, are equipped with the Toyota Safety Sense P modern safety system that includes:
- frontal collision avoidance system with automatic braking function;
- systems that monitor unauthorized breaking of the road marking and objects in the blind areas of the rear-view mirrors;
- pedestrian detection system;
- adaptive cruise control;
- adaptive headlights.
As an option, the Bird’s Eye View Camera with Perimeter Scan is available.
2017 Toyota Highlander specs
Toyota Highlander will offer their buyers three variants of the “motor-gearbox” pair:
- The basic version offers 2,7-liter engine with 185 hp and a six-speed automatic gear-box.
- The more powerful version has a 3.5-liter six-cylinder petrol engine, claiming to have power capabilities of 249 hp after some modernization. It will be paired with an eight- speed automatic gear-box.
- It is also planned to release a crossover in a hybrid version.
In addition, the car has become more economical – 8.1 L per 100 km in a mixed cycle.
Toyota Highlander 2017 price in Nigeria will vary from $ 30 000 to $ 44 000 depending on the configuration.
2017 Highlander Release date
The sales of the updated Highlander started in the fall of 2016 while Europeans will be able to buy the new product in the beginning of 2017 (closer to March).
For 2017 Toyota has put the Highlander under the knife for a significant refresh. In addition to the new nose the Highlander gets a new V6 engine with more power, an eight-speed automatic that improves acceleration and fuel economy and a revised hybrid system.
Based on all of the above said, the Toyota Highlander 2017 is a must-have for all fans of the series this year!
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