2020 Toyota Highlander Release Date Canada – After teasing the upcoming 2020 Highlander earlier this month with a short video clip of the model presented as an art piece, Toyota has now debuted the real deal at the New York International Auto Show. For the 2020 model year, the Toyota Highlander switched to the TNGA-K platform, a new foundation that is shared with several other newer models in the company’s portfolio. This stronger foundation makes the body stiffer, allows the vehicle to make tighter turns, and reduces model noise production inside and out. In general, this platform makes the ride far smoother and safer than the previous generation Highlander.
2020 Toyota Highlander Release Date Canada
For additional passenger safety support, the SUV may be equipped with a handful of driver-assist techs such as Toyota Safety Sense (standard in all models), a blind spot monitor, and a bird’s eye view camera.
In terms of entertainment and media-oriented technology, all Highlander trims come standard with Apple carplay, Android Auto, Alexa In-Car compatibility, waze, SiriusXM and Wi-Fi connectivity. If you choose a higher-level class, your Highlander can come with dynamic navigation, a 12.3-inch screen and a JBL Premium audio system.
Two Powertrain Control options are available for the Highlander: a V6 engine offers 22 MPG combined fuel economy or a hybrid engine offers 34 MPG combined fuel economy. Additionally, owners can choose from five different trims that will add different types of wheels, drive systems, multimedia technologies and interior finishes among other features.
The gas-powered 2020 Toyota Highlander will be available in December 2019, and hybrid iteration will hit the market in February 2020. The hybrid model uses a predictive efficient drive feature that “analyzes driver’s daily driving habits and upcoming road and traffic conditions to more efficiently charge and discharge hybrid the battery accordingly along with the drive itself. “The more you, the smarter the Highlander will work.
Toyota has not yet announced the pricing for the model or the release date, but it is likely to hit the market later this year.
Moving the midsize SUV to Toyota’s TNGA global Architecture, which supports everything from Prius, C-HR and Corolla to RAV4, Camry and Avalon, was the perfect opportunity to redefine the fourth generation Highlander.
Working with such a clean sheet of paper, Toyota’s designers created a refreshing change for a vehicle whose popularity was based less on appearance and more on Toyota’s reputation for safe, reliable, durable, and functional family cars.
Toyota wants to expand its customer base beyond families to include empty nesters and young, active buyers. That meant giving the Highlander a stronger first impression and at the same time adding a little swagger to take it out on the town.
Long time Highlander drivers do not recognize this generation, with its vertical front end and a bit of a shark nose. A clearly defined grid with a geometric grid design replaces the current slats – we welcome the decision to keep the grid size under control. Below is a lower grid with simulated skid plates. There is more tension in the cap and the LED headlights are slimmer. In other words, facial recognition would not trace it back to a Highlander.
From the side, a distinct and muscular character line sweeps up the spine to the wheel wells outlined in black clothing. It rides on a choice of 18-or 20-inch wheels – the current model has 19s. Overall, the crossover is 2.4 inches longer; the shaft foot was stretched the same size. It is also slightly wider, while maintaining the same height, but the roofline is more pointed.
The grille shape is mirrored in the rear hatch, which now opens with a leg swipe and travels faster thanks to light weighting efforts to switch from steel to a lighter composite plastic. Rear lights are also leaner.
The 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine is gone, but the 295-HP, 263-lb-ft 3.5-liter V-6 carries over with the eight-speed automatic transmission. All wheel drive is optional. it still tows 5,000 pounds (2,268 kg) and should still get 21/27/23 mpg (11.2 / 8.7 / 10.2 L / 100 km) with AWD. Dynamic torque vectoring – this is the second application after RAV4 – has been added to the upper trims.
The hybrid version gets Toyota’s 2.5-liter Dynamic Force I-4 paired with an electric motor for a combined 240hp. It runs on the Atkinson Cycle and has an updated CVT. Old-school nickel – metal hydride batteries tucked under the back seat (no lithium-ion batteries here), but there is little EV-only range beyond the sneaky run-in at night. The engine is new to the Highlander, and for the time being you can get hybrid in front-drive form, which will cut costs. The hybrid can pull 3,500 pounds (1,587 kg). Ford has added an Explorer hybrid that can tow 5,000 pounds (2,268 kg).
The new platform is stiffer, with a new MacPherson strut your up front and updated subsequent a-arm rear suspension. Toyotas migrated to TNGA have had more agility on the road – though we will have to wait until we drive it to verify it with the Highlander.
Inside, there’s a Toyota-first 12.3-inch touchscreen (the 8.0-inch infotainment screen stays on lower trims). Highlander is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The driver has a 7.0-inch configurable display with sharp graphics.
Thanks to Toyota for three easily accessible USB ports up front with a tray facing the phone and a pass-through for charging cable. There is another shelf on the passenger side. Wireless charging is standard on XLE and higher trims. Wi-Fi is available for up to five devices.
The rear view mirror has gone digital and uses a camera to help you see if the SUV is full to the brim. A heated steering wheel, heated and cooled front leather seats and heated second-class seats are standard on the top trimmer, but otherwise not available. A panoramic moonroof extends over the first two rows.
Seats include second-class captain’s chairs for a seven-passenger car or a bench seat to carry eight. Second-class passengers get two USB ports, a 120-volt outlet and climate control. Press a button to tilt and push the seat to access the third row. The third row leans or can fold flat manually to create a larger load hold. The trunk behind the third row rises from 13.8 cubic meters to 16.1.
Current trims include Le, Le plus, XLE, limited, and limited platinum. That changes to L, LE, XLE, Limited and Platinum. LE and above are available as hybrids.
Toyota Safety Sense (TSS 2.0), which detects cars, cyclists and pedestrians, is standard; It also reads road signs, lane markings, or the edge of the road. The car will accelerate, brake and steer as needed, keep up with Adaptive Cruise, and stay in the right lane.
The first Highlander debuted at the 2000 New York Auto Show, and the current model dates back to the 2014 model year. Last year Toyota sold 243,933 Highlanders, compared to 227,732 explorers.
The 2020 V-6 Highlander will go on sale in December; hybrid arrives in early 2020.