Toyota has been one of those great companies that are always consistent on bringing out improvements. Similarly to that, the Japanese company has plans to introduce the updated 2018 Toyota Highlander SUV in the upcoming year. The manufacturer is all about presenting world class driving experiences to the customers, and this upcoming Highlander will be no less. The company will be focusing more on improving the visuals of this upcoming Highlander, and this suggests a major facelift. Coming as a 5-door model, this new SUV will be the best of ll previous Toyota’s Highlanders.
2018 Toyota Highlander: Engines and Specs
Improvements in the performance of 2018 Toyota Highlander are certain, and this will be characterized by a significant amount of overhaul under its hood. First and foremost, a 2.7 liters 4-cylinder is going to be equipped. This engine is going to produce 250 lb-ft of torque and 185 HP of power. Another option is a 3.5 liters engine that is bound in producing 270 HP of power and a maximum torque of 337 lb-ft. A 6-speed automatic transmission system will be used for both of these engines.
As far as its performance is concerned, this upcoming Toyota Highlander will be able to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in about 7.5 seconds. Its improved fuel efficiency’s figures are likely to stand at 23 mpg in city and 26 mpg on highways.
Exterior and Interior Changes
Visual changes are sure in this upcoming SUV. This will start with its front fascia as the headlights will be modified with its design. This modification will, in turn, be complemented by the grille which will be redesigned too. Its front bumper is also going to see some revisions. New powerful fog lights will be used over the previous ones. Its hood and side body is going to feature some serious and stylistic lines.
Its rear fascia is also going to welcome several changes. Most importantly, the tail lights will be given a new design. The rear overhang will be slightly protruded; tailgate will have revisions in its angular approach as well as the bumper.
The interior cabin of this upcoming 2018 Highlander will be technologically advanced. The cabin of existing models hold 3 separate consoles in the gauge cluster, and the same is expected in this 2018 Highlander.
Experts have predicted that the overall presentation/ layout in this cabin might just be modified a bit. However, upgrades to the infotainment and navigation system are for sure. It has also been suspected that some of the controls on the steering wheel and center console will be revised.
There is a possibility for the upholstery materials to be changed but no confirmations regarding such have come up. Safety features like parking assistance, cruise control, lane departure warning and several others will be retained.
Price and Release Date
This SUV has been suspected of holding a starting price of $36,461, which will be for its base model. Experts have estimated that 2018 Toyota Highlander to be released during the last quarters of 2017.