Toyota launches refined 7-seater Highlander in Europe

Toyota launches refined 7-seater Highlander in Europe

11.05.2020: New all-wheel drive Hybrid SUV complements wide SUV line-up Spacious with full 7-seat versatility and 658 litre boot space Efficient 4th generation full hybrid powertrain with AWD-i


    New all-wheel drive Hybrid SUV complements wide SUV line-up

    Spacious with full 7-seat versatility and 658 litre boot space

    Efficient 4th generation full hybrid powertrain with AWD-i

    244 DIN hp* and CO2 emissions from 146 g/km (WLTP)* offer segment-best power to CO2 balance




Toyota's largest Hybrid SUV, the Highlander, is to go on sale throughout Western Europe for the first time.




Available exclusively with a full hybrid powertrain, the Highlander - together with the D-segment RAV4, the C-segment C-HR and the forthcoming B-segment Yaris Cross - is the newest addition to Toyota's European SUV model line-up.



With 23 years’ experience in the development of hybrid technology, 15 million hybrid customers, 9 hybrid models and 4th generation self-charging, full hybrid powertrains, Toyota has combined its hybrid leadership with its legendary QDR and extensive experience in the SUV market to create the Highlander Hybrid.



Benefitting from Toyota's GA-K platform, the Highlander combines all the Toyota SUV attributes of comfort, driveability and safety with hybrid powertrain low emissions, fuel efficiency and intelligent All-Wheel Drive, space on demand and a 2-tonne towing capacity.

 


Design and Packaging





4950 mm long with striking 20" alloy wheels, the Highlander Hybrid combines the sleek, dynamic and sophisticated styling of a premium urban SUV with the strength, power and durability of a rugged, versatile All-Wheel Drive.



On board, the interior has been designed to offer all the practicality, durability and space-on-demand expected of a 7-seater SUV, creating a comfortable, premium environment for all occupants. The Highlander Hybrid is a true 7-seater - the 180 mm sliding range of the second-row seating ensuring spacious third row accommodation for two adults, as well as easy ingress-egress.



Accessed by a kick-sensor operated power tailgate the 658-litre boot space and with additional underfloor storage may be dramatically expanded by the fully flat folding of both the third and second row seating, bringing the load capacity up to 1,909 litres.



Available in a choice of Black or Graphite colour schemes, the interior boasts comprehensive storage compartments through the cabin, complimented by power USB sockets in the first and second row seating areas.



Premium equipment levels include a 12.3" centre console multimedia display with satellite navigation, a head-up display, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, wireless phone charging, seat ventilation and a switchable digital rear-view mirror which displays a wide rear image without the interruption of seat headrest or other occupants.

 



Driving Dynamics



The Highlander's 4th generation full hybrid powertrain combines a 2.5 litre Atkinson cycle petrol engine with front and rear electric motors -the rear motor equipping Toyota's SUV with AWD-i (All-Wheel Drive-intelligent)- and a powerful Nickel-Metal Hydride system battery located under the second-row seats.



Total system power of 244 DIN hp* combined with CO2 emissions of just 146 g/km* and 6,6 l/100km* (WLTP cycle) or 117g/km* and 5.2l/100km* (Correlated NEDC) represents the best power to CO2 balance in the segment.



A Drive Mode Select switch enables the driver to select a choice of ECO, NORMAL, SPORT and TRAIL driving modes. All four modes may be used when the vehicle is operating in the separately-switchable EV mode.



The use of an acoustic windscreen and front glazing, and the adoption of roof, dash and floor silencers, and wheel arch and loadspace liners equip the Highlander with a notable quiet cabin environment, reinforcing the inherently smooth, quiet driving characteristics of the full hybrid powertrain.



The Highlander's GA-K platform is complemented by a lightweight and high-rigidity bodyshell and with a low centre of gravity, providing the new SUV with nimble handling and comfortable motorway cruising characteristics.




 

Safety


The new Highlander Hybrid is equipped with latest 'Toyota Safety Sense’, a set of active safety technologies designed to help prevent or mitigate collisions across a wide range of traffic situations.



The Highlander's Toyota Safety Sense package includes Pre-Collision System (PCS) with active steer assist to avoid collision, with pedestrian detection day and night, and bicycle detection during the day, Full Range Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), ACC with Road Sign Assist (RSA), Lane Tracing Assist (LTA), Lane Departure Alert (LDA), Automatic High Beam (AHB) and Road Sign Assist (RSA).



The Toyota Highlander Hybrid will go on sale in European markets from early 2021.





* Provisional figures subject to final homologation







Jean-Jacques Cornaert- photos Toyota


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11.05.2020 / MaP

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