Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. (TMS) revealed the outline of the 2017 Highlander on March 14. The actual 2017 Highlander will be unveiled at the 2016 New York Auto Show on March 23.
The first-generation Highlander was released in 2000. It was badged as the Kluger in Japan. The second-generation Highlander was announced at the Chicago Auto Show in February 2007. The Vanguard, the successor to the Kluger, debuted in Japan; hence, the second-generation Highlander became an SUV exclusive to the North American market. Afterwards, it was released in other markets, such as China.
The outgoing Highlander is the third-generation Highlander, and it was announced at the New York Auto Show in April 2013. Both the first and the second-generation Highlander are midsize SUVs that were based on the platform of the Camry. It’s been three years since the debut of the outgoing Highlander, and the 2017 model to be presented at the 2016 New York Auto Show will be its first major facelift.
The major changes made to its exterior were focused on its front part. It features new designs for the grille, headlights, and bumper, changing its face. The rear features new tail lamps and bumper. The cabin of the premium grade features brown leather upholstery. Adding four more ports, it now features five USB ports.
It is mounted with a newly developed 3.5L V6 gasoline direct-injection engine. Its power and fuel economy have been improved. The engine is mated to a newly developed 8-speed direct shift automatic transmission.
(Translated by Katherine N. Bantiles)