The upcoming 2021 Toyota Highlander Hybrid should go on sale later this year. It is the next-gen Highlander that brings plenty of refreshments. A hybrid version is just one of them. You can count on various exterior and interior changes that will make this compact SUV better. The hybrid model won’t depart from the regular gasoline-powered Highlander.
Of course, the only real difference is in the powertrain. The new model will cost more than its predecessor, but not significantly. For sure, Highlander will get new competitors thanks to the new hybrid option. Here’s everything we know about new-gen Highlander.
2021 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Is Looking Impressive
Toyota is still silent on the possible redesign. However, some new photos of the Toyota Highlander Hybrid are available. It is the best look we have at the moment on the latest changes. Redesigned Highlander will feature a brand-new grille and its edges are looking impressive. The LED headlights are thinner than on the current model. To the sides, mirrors are new as well and are finished in a completely new shape. The rear end is still quite a mystery.
Some changes in the D-pillar will happen but it is hard to tell how the back of the vehicle will look like. New taillights are certain, along with the more extensive use of chrome accents. New exterior colors are a must but most of the exterior paints will remain, mostly metallic. That includes Alumina Jade, Midnight Black, Blizzard Pearl, and Celestial Silver.
The interior of the new Highlander will also get a redesign. Just like with the exterior, the hybrid version won’t depart from the regular model in terms of cabin design. New 2021 Toyota Highlander Hybrid should feature a new layout with a vast of improvements. For a start, new shapes are present, along with new and better technology. One of the most important changes is a new 12.3-inch infotainment touchscreen.
The massive display will most likely start as optional equipment on the entry-level Highlander. That means the base trim level will most likely feature an 8-inch touchscreen. Toyota will deliver the latest safety aids and various driver-assistance systems. Moreover, the manufacturer will additionally improve the level of comfort. In terms of seating layout, nothing will change and Highlander Hybrid will offer three rows of seats.
2021 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Engine
The forthcoming 2021 Toyota Highlander Hybrid will introduce improved performances. This version comes with 2.5-liter four-cylinder gasoline mated to an electric motor and battery pack. This output should deliver around 240 horsepower.
On top of that, many reports are predicting at least 35 mpg combined. Just like the regular model, the hybrid version also offers a standard front-wheel-drive system. As before, the AWD setup will be optional. To compare, gasoline-powered Highlander provides 185 hp. The optional engine is good for 295 horses so the hybrid variant is definitely a good choice.
Price and Release Date
Toyota will offer its next-gen SUV for $33,000. It is a small jump in price over the current model. New 2021 Toyota Highlander Hybrid will cost around $38,000 which is an affordable price in our opinion. This SUV will go on sale later in 2020, most likely in the third quarter of the year.