World Premiere of All-New 2020 Highlander during New York International Auto Show

Posted on 18. Apr, 2019 by in Toyota Canada

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  • 17 Percent Fuel Economy Improvement Over Current Gen Hybrid with Estimated 6.9 L/100km Combined fuel consumption
  • Bold, Chiseled New Design
  • New TNGA-K Platform Enhances Driving Refinement
  • Standard Android Auto, Apple CarPlay®
  • Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 Standard (TSS 2.0)
  • Available with 7- or 8-Passenger Seating
  • Choice of V6 or New-Generation Hybrid Powertrain
  • New Available Dynamic Torque Vectoring All-Wheel Drive with Driveline Disconnect and Multi Terrain Select
  • Largest in shred 12.3” multimedia display

TORONTO, ON – APRIL 17, 2019 – Just as a initial RAV4 launched a compress crossover SUV shred 22 years ago, a strange Highlander redefined a midsize family SUV when it arrived in 2001. At a time when many middle SUVs were truck-based, a Highlander’s unibody structure with four-wheel eccentric cessation fast became a template for a new shred of some-more gentle and family-friendly SUV’s. After adding a third row, a Highlander not usually grew in size, though is also now a best-selling sell indication in a shred given 2017 in Canada.

Now, a fourth-generation of this benchmark SUV brings a new spin of bold, particular pattern to a substructure built on safety, comfort, quality, continuance and trustworthiness set by predecessors. The 2020 Highlander amplifies all qualities while holding on a thespian new pattern instruction that combines a absolute SUV participation with worldly detailing.

The 2020 Highlander’s new worldly look, covers a new automobile height called Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA-K). This strong new foundation, common with other Toyota models, enables even larger capability, comfort and reserve than before.

The fourth-generation Highlander offers a choice between a absolute V6 or new-generation hybrid powertrain, with a gas chronicle charity a manufacturer-estimated 10.7 L/100 km sum fuel expenditure and a Hybrid charity a manufacturer-estimated 6.9 L/100km sum fuel consumption.

Whether they’re immature families or dull nesters exploring a new section in life, reserve stays a tip priority for Highlander customers. Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 comes customary in all models in a 2020 Highlander. This endless active reserve complement includes:

  • Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection (PCS w/PD)
  • Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC)
  • Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist (LDA w/SA)
  • Automatic High Beam (AHB)
  • (New) Lane Tracing Assist (LTA)

Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection offers involuntary braking capability underneath certain resources should a motorist not conflict in time in a system-detected puncture situation. Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) with Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) are customary on all grades, Parking Support Braking and Intelligent Clearance Sonar (ICS) are accessible depending on a indication grade.

The 2020 Highlander delivers eminent Toyota value in a choice of 5 grades, starting with a new L grade, afterwards layering amenities and record in LE, XLE, Limited and a top-of line Platinum. (The Hybrid is offering on all though a L grade.)

The 2020 Highlander offers cutting-edge party and connectivity for all ages by a discerning and versatile multimedia system, including a new 12.3-inch touchscreen arrangement on a Platinum category and 8-inch on a other models. The accessible new JBL Premium Sound System delivers a whopping 1,200 watts of appetite to spin any song source into a mobile concert.

The middle SUV shred has spin fiercely competitive, and a 2020 Toyota Highlander is prepared to take on all.

The Strong, Athletic Type

A sculpted new figure with chiseled lines gives a 2020 Highlander a some-more absolute stance, nonetheless with a modern, worldly attitude. The 2020 Highlander stays a family-friendly SUV, now with capability for bigger family adventures.

Setting off a new design, a L, LE and XLE grades underline a black front grille with china trim, while a Limited and Platinum grades are eminent by a black grille with chrome trim and chrome-plated revoke back fascia, reward projector headlamps and a Highlander’s first-ever 20-inch amalgamate wheels. The Platinum stands detached with china embellished front fender and back fascia and a singular 20-inch wheel.

Accentuating a 2020 Highlander’s confidant lines, a extraneous colour palette carries over 3 colours from 2019 (Blizzard Pearl (optional), Celestial Silver Metallic and Midnight Black Metallic) while adding 5 new ones: Magnetic Grey Metallic, Moon Dust (a distinguished blue reward paint), Ruby Flare Pearl (a adventurous red reward paint), Blueprint and Opulent Amber (a deep, lush brown).

While Highlander’s new pattern will spin heads everywhere it goes, it’s also rarely functional. Greater aerodynamic potency reduces breeze sound while enhancing automobile stability, and even a taillights and side counterpart designs lend a hand.

The fourth-generation Highlander is 60mm longer than before, all in a load area to supplement even larger load volume than before. The second quarrel can be slid an additional 30 mm serve adult to boost stretch between a second and third rows.

The TNGA-K platform, that creates endless use of high-strength steel, gives a Highlander a stiffer unibody structure than a prior model. Its fundamental strength allows tuning for a front strut and back multi-link cessation that enhances lively and a smaller branch round while also providing a smoother and quieter float than before.

The participation of takumi is clear whenever a motorist practice a Highlander’s reward hold and feel in bland driving. Throughout automobile development, these rarely lerned master craftsmen focused on a excellent technical sum to safeguard a aloft spin of doing fibre in all pushing conditions – generally during bland speeds.

Take It All with You

Looking sporty does not come during a responsibility of practicality in a 2020 Highlander. A second-row dais for seating for 8 is standard, while a Captain’s Chair second quarrel with seating for 7 is discretionary on aloft grades. Either way, a vast back doors yield easy access, while versatile chair folding comforts make it easy to enter a third row. And, passengers in a third quarrel stay gentle interjection to accessible three-zone meridian control that ensures copiousness upsurge of warmed or cooled air.

With all chair rows in use, Highlander offers 456 L (16.1 cu. ft.) of carrying space behind a third row. Folding a 60/40 apart fold-flat third-row seatbacks opens a space to 1150 L (40.6 cu. ft.), and afterwards folding a second quarrel raises that to 2076 L (73.3 cu. ft.). The versatile load area creates a many of a additional length with side surfaces and pockets done for limit space usage.

Power, Performance and Panache … with Efficiency

Power and potency are a whole lot sexier when wrapped in Highlander’s distinguished design. The 2020 Highlander offers a choice between dual modernized powertrains, a gas V6 or a new chronicle of a Toyota Hybrid System.

The 295-horsepower 3.5-litre V6 is a summary of smoothness. Its Toyota-innovated D-4S Injection complement combines proceed fuel injection with pier fuel injectors to optimize efficiency, appetite and emissions in all conditions. Dual Variable Valve Timing with comprehension (Dual VVT-i) serve ensures ideal response and potency during all engine speeds.

That translates into 295 horsepower and 263 lb.-ft. of torque, that serve translates into indication bland opening and inexhaustible towing capability. The Direct Shift 8-speed involuntary delivery maximizes Highlander’s acceleration and highway merging capability while doing seamlessly and transparently.

On V6 models, a towing package enables a 5,000-pound towing capacity. The package includes a heavy-duty radiator with engine oil cooler and softened fan performance. Trailer Sway Control (TSC) uses a Vehicle Stability Control to assistance control neglected trailer movement.

Why use fuel when we don’t need to? The Highlander’s customary Stop and Start Engine System allows a engine to close off when a automobile comes to a finish stop, and afterwards now restarts when a driver’s feet rises from a stop pedal. This record reduces fuel expenditure and cuts emissions.

Hybrid Aims Even Higher

Toyota done “hybrid” synonymous with high fuel potency some-more than 20 years ago. Later, Toyota introduced a initial hybrid SUV in a class, a 2006 Highlander. Leave it to Toyota to again lift a bar for hybrid SUV functionality by creation a 2020 indication a many fuel-efficient Highlander Hybrid ever.

The new-generation Toyota Hybrid System in a 2020 Highlander Hybrid combines a high-efficiency 2.5-litre DOHC four-cylinder engine with dual electric motors in a complement that’s some-more compact, and some-more fit than before. The gas engine employs Variable Valve Timing-intelligent complement by Electric engine (VVT-iE) on a intake camshaft, and VVT-i on a empty camshaft. A non-static cooling complement (electric H2O pump, electric thermostat) and a entirely non-static oil siphon serve urge engine efficiency.

The bottom line is an eye opener for a efficiency-minded: 240 sum complement horsepower and an estimated 6.9 L/100 km sum fuel consumption. The latter is a 17-percent alleviation over a previous-generation Highlander Hybrid’s 8.3 L/100km sum fuel consumption. Yet, Highlander Hybrid still delivers a bland acceleration, appetite and responsiveness that family buyers expect.

The transaxle mounts a electric motors (MG1 and MG2) coaxially rather than in-line, and a ensuing smaller and lighter package reduces frictional losses. The gas engine and MG2 work in unison to broach energetic performance, while both MG1 and MG2 assign a hybrid battery.

To revoke a transaxle’s stretch and weight, a rebate rigging is now a together missile gear, rather than a planetary, and a new multi-function rigging integrates a power-split heavenly ring gear, parking gear, and counter-drive gear. New mechanism formation and a smaller, lighter appetite smoke-stack commissioned directly above a transaxle revoke appetite delivery losses.

The battery container is tiny adequate to be commissioned underneath a back seats, so it does not take adult any load or newcomer space.

Seamless Everyday Performance

The Highlander Hybrid delivers a indication fuel economy and opening though job courtesy to a high-tech powertrain operation. Quite a contrary, like all Toyota Hybrid vehicles, it simply goes about a business in a pure way. For example, a new complement optimizes a spin of electric engine assistance and gas engine speed though a engine using during high revs. Engine speed is synchronized with automobile speed, agreeable free and still acceleration.

As on many complicated vehicles, a Highlander Hybrid offers selectable NORMAL, ECO and SPORT pushing modes that let a motorist select a vehicle’s opening personality. The reward is a EV mode, that allows electric-only pushing during low speeds for brief distances.

SPORT mode unlocks boost from a hybrid complement for softened acceleration response. ECO mode gets limit potency from a fuel and battery, while NORMAL mode is ideal for bland driving.

Special, easy-to-use hybrid tech adds an component of control and fun. Using a consecutive changeable feature, a motorist can “downshift” to boost a regenerative braking in steps, that fosters larger control when pushing in hilly areas, for example.

The 2020 Highlander Hybrid can also manager a motorist to expostulate as economically as possible. For example, an accelerator beam duty suggests an acceleration spin to a motorist according to a pushing conditions, and a scoring duty adds a magnitude of fun to eco driving.

All-Wheel Drive Gets Smarter

The 2020 Highlander gets a hold on any highway with a choice of front-wheel expostulate or 3 opposite accessible all-wheel expostulate systems — dual for a V6 models and a singular AWD complement for a Highlander Hybrid. For a Highlander Gas LE and XLE models, a customary AWD complement can send adult to 50 percent of accessible torque to a back wheels to opposite round trip when necessary.

Sounding like something from a high-end sports car, Dynamic Torque Vectoring AWD with Drive Mode Select and Driveline Disconnect is accessible for the

Highlander Limited and Platinum for even larger lively and capability. In further to ruling torque placement between a front and back wheels, this modernized complement uses special couplings to actively conduct torque placement between a left and right back wheels.

Dynamic Torque Vectoring AWD doesn’t need round slippage before springing into action. Rather, a worldly AWD Integrated Management (AIM) manages Electric Power Steering (EPS), stifle control, delivery change control and expostulate torque placement to ceaselessly optimize handling.

Using a Multi-Terrain Select control dial on a console, a motorist can maximize traction when pushing by severe continue or highway conditions. Mud Sand mode works good for beach driving, while Rock Dirt mode optimizes AWD traction for trails. The motorist can monitor, in genuine time, torque allocation and trip control on a Multi-Information Display (MID).

In addition, Highlander models embody a following comforts for optimal on-road and off-road opening and safety:

  • Hill Start Assist Control (HAC)
  • Trailer Sway Control (TSC)
  • Downhill Assist Control (DAC)

All-wheel expostulate is a good traction partner, though it’s not indispensable all a time, such as during solid highway cruising. In such situations, Rear Driveline Disconnect automatically disengages expostulate to a back wheels and stops a propeller shaft’s rotation. As one competence guess, that reduces a appetite indispensable to propel a automobile and therefore reduces fuel consumption. When AWD is needed, a complement now re-engages, though a motorist even noticing.

Hybrid AWD

As with a AWD complement in a prior Highlander Hybrid, a 2020 model’s customary AWD employs a apart rear-mounted electric engine to appetite a back wheels when needed. Like a hybrid powertrain itself, a AWD works seamlessly and transparently.

The back electric engine operates independently, with no automatic tie between a delivery and a back wheels. Preemptively distributing some-more pushing force to a back wheels, such as when accelerating, helps conceal front round trip during off-the-line starts. The complement also enhances cornering lively by assisting to revoke understeer. And, when venturing onto a trail, a increasing rear-wheel torque helps pierce a Highlander Hybrid quietly over severe or sleazy surfaces.

A New Level of Comfort

From a L category to a top-of-line Platinum, a 2020 Highlander offers a plushest accommodations ever. Designers took impulse from oppulance crafted interiors to emanate a some-more reward ambience. Details embody softer padded surfaces and a some-more tailored demeanour with stitching that continues from a doorway trim to a instrument panel. The lurch integrates a multimedia and HVAC controls in an superb and organic way.

The 2020 Highlander cabin offers softened functionality throughout, from a centre console that offers accessible Qi wireless charging to copiousness of storage spaces and USB charging ports. On Limited and Platinum grades, new ambient LED lighting sets a relaxing mood. Inset steering round controls are a complicated oppulance hold on all grades.

Highlanders have prolonged been eminent for a still ride, and with a high-strength TNGA platform, Toyota pushes a bar even higher. Sound-damping and soundproofing materials have been optimized via a vehicle, with a takumi proceed focusing quite on minimizing sound in a frequencies that meddle with conversation.

The seating colour palette enhances a clarity of oppulance permeating a 2020 Highlander. The L and LE grades offer gentle woven cloth in Black; a XLE offers embossed Softex® synthetic leather-trim in Harvest Beige or Black, while a Limited offers those colours as good as Graphite Grey in seperated leather-trim. The top-of-line Platinum grade, a many lush Highlander ever offered, exclusively comforts embossed, seperated leather-trim in those 3 colours and a luxuriously tasty brownish-red called Glazed Caramel.

Multitalented Multimedia

However passengers listen to song and bond with their worlds, a 2020 Highlander is prepared with a latest multimedia systems. All grades come customary with Apple Car Play® and Android Auto.

All Highlander models come versed with Toyota Safety Connect with a one-year hearing subscription.

XLE and above grades offer Service and Remote Connectivity. A pierce adult to Platinum category offers a 12.3-inch screen.

The JBL® Premium Audio System is customary for Limited and Platinum grades and rocks song of all genres with 1,200 watts of appetite personification by 11 speakers in 9 locations. Clari-Fi® record breathes new life into dense digital song formats, with a outcome like a mobile concert. The complement will not, however, settle arguments over that song to play.

Safety during Its Core

The new TNGA-K height forms a substructure for indication collision insurance in a 2020 Toyota Highlander, while a apartment of customary driver-assist technologies is designed to assistance forestall collisions, or to lessen their impacts. The 2020 Highlander is versed with a second-generation of Toyota Safety Sense (TSS 2.0). Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) with Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) are customary on all grades. Rear Cross Traffic Braking (RCTB) is accessible with clearway sonar on Limited and above.

The customary backup camera comforts projected path. A Bird’s Eye View Camera with Perimeter Scan, accessible on Limited and customary on Platinum, provides a live rotating 360-degree perspective around a vehicle.

The 2020 Highlander is versed with 8 airbags, including side screen airbags for all 3 rows. Toyota’s Star Safety System includes Enhanced Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Traction Control (TRAC), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), and Smart Stop Technology (SST).

About Toyota Canada Inc.

Toyota Canada Inc. (TCI) is a disdainful Canadian distributor of Toyota and Lexus vehicles. Toyota has sole over 8 million vehicles in Canada by a inhabitant network of 287 Toyota and Lexus dealerships. Toyota is dedicated to bringing safety, quality, dependability and trustworthiness to a vehicles Canadians expostulate and a use they receive. TCI’s conduct bureau is located in Toronto, with informal offices in Vancouver, Calgary, Montreal and Halifax, and tools placement centres in Toronto and Vancouver. Toyota operates dual prolongation comforts in Canada. Having constructed some-more than 8 million vehicles, renouned Canadian models built during these comforts embody Toyota RAV4, Toyota RAV4 Hybrid, Lexus RX 350 and RX 450h hybrid. Recent investments during a comforts in Ontario will concede for increasing prolongation of a top-selling Toyota RAV4 and RAV4 Hybrid models.


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