The Toyota Highlander employs a 245 hp hybrid engine and will arrive in early 2021.
It seems that the manufacturers are daring to bring to Europe models mainly intended for the American market. One of these examples is the Ford Explorer , which landed on the Old Continent as the largest SUV of the oval firm. Now a Japanese brand is making a similar move: the Toyota Highlander will be available on the European market in the coming months .
It may have been a move to counter Ford\’s strategy, which after all has similar overtones. The objective is to compete in the E SUV segment , with models close to 5 meters, with seven seats, and capable of putting premium brands through their commercial offer.
Skimming the 5 meters
As a good vehicle developed for the American market , the Toyota Highlander, which enjoys good popularity there, measures 4.95 meters in length . A remarkable figure that places it above the RAV4 , with which it shares certain design features. Although this Highlander looks clearly \’more American\’.
This may be a good commercial claim , a robust appearance not so widespread on this side of the Atlantic. They emphasize its gigantic grill or its marked wheel arches, which give life to a particularly attractive vehicle.
How could it be otherwise Toyota places its Highlander as the seven-seater of the commercial offer . A car that thanks to its size allows to accommodate up to 7 occupants, being the third row reclining to obtain a greater number of trunk: 658 liters to be specific.
It also recovers the interior design keys of the latest Toyota. In fact, it shares style with the aforementioned RAV4. In the absence of more details about its range, it boasts a multimedia screen of up to 12.3 inches , Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connections , Head-up Display or wireless charger for mobile phones.
245 hp hybrid mechanics
Following Toyota\’s electrified strategy, for the moment, and it seems that will be the case, the only engine available will be a conventional hybrid . Unlike the Ford Explorer, which is committed to plug-in hybridization, the Toyota Highlander will not be able to connect to the network. In any case it is a very widespread system, more affordable, simple and that enjoys great popularity not only in the Toyota range.
It combines a 2.5-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine with two electric ones for a total of 245 hp . This means that it has four-wheel drive , powered through a variator-type e-CVT gearbox . The result is quite convincing, at least on paper. Approves an average consumption of just 6.6 l / 100 km .
Although there are no commercial details about the Toyota Highlander yet, it has been dated to market in early 2021 . Against its rivals a lower starting price is expected, a price perhaps close to € 50,000 . It will be beaten with models such as the Mercedes-Benz GLE or BMW X5, all with an initial fee of around € 70,000.