Toyota’s reliable, mid-size, three-row Highlander crossover SUV is faced now with many updated, redesigned or newly-introduced models. Ford revealed recently the heavily-improved Explorer and the Highlander has also the updated Honda Pilot and Buick Encore in the sight but also the newcomers such as the Kia Telluride, Subaru Ascent and Hyundai Palisade. The all-new Highlander arrived for 2014 and received the mid-update for the 2017 version. Toyota has, however, been caught testing the new-generation 2020 Toyota Highlander recently.
Details about the fifth-generation Highlander are still scarce but the three-row family hauler should grow in size and move on the new platform. The styling should also see the revisions in accordance to brand’s latest design language while model should also come with the heavily reworked interior and newest tech, comfort and safety features. The powertrain range should again include the gasoline and electrified versions.
2020 Toyota Highlander: Design, Platform
Toyota is prepping the new 2020 Toyota Highlander and like many of its recent models, the version will be based on the stretched version of the TNGA modular platform which forms also the base of the models like the CH-R, Avalon, Camry, RAV4, etc. With the Toyota Global New architecture, the Highlander should provide better performance and flexibility plus weigh less while the prototype versions suggest also the enlarged dimensions.
Form the visual point of view, it seems that the test version hides the styling similar to what we can see on recently all-new RAV4. The styling cues we saw initially on the FT-AC concept model should be applied to the new Highlander as well. That should mean hexagonal grille design combined with swept-back headlights and dynamic front bumper style.
The profile seems also to be coming with the trapezoidal shaped fender flares and cleaner lines. The rear will also receive the new taillights and resculpted tailgate and rear bumper.
Inside the cabin, we should expect more passenger and cargo space as the prototype version seem to have stretched wheelbase and length. The current Highlander provides max cargo capacity of 84 cubes and just 14 cubic feet with the all seats functional.
The new Highlander will also arrive with the new interior design and upgraded materials and textures. The model should use similar dash elements placement as the RAV4 with the center screen sitting atop the middle of the dash and new air vents.
The new generation version will also adopt the latest Entune infotainment platform with Apple Car Play and Android Auto. The safety will also be updated to the latest Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 suite with the sign recognition, adaptive cruise control, etc.
2020 Toyota Highlander: Powertrain
No details have leaked yet about the powertrain Toyota will use in the new generation 2020 Toyota Highlander.
The range should include the four-cylinder and V-6 gasoline units like in the current version and the electrified option as well. The possible candidates should be the units from the mid-size Camry sedan. A 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with power around 200 hp and the V-6 unit with the potential around 300 hp. Both engines should come in the combination with the 8-speed automatic transmission.
The hybrid could combine updated 3.5-liter V-6 engine with the battery-powered electric motor for a slightly improved total output.
2020 Toyota Highlander: Arrival, Price
The new 2020 Toyota Highlander should debut in the second half of 2019. The price will likely see a modest increase across the range.