Current, third generation of the Toyota Highlander SUV was launched in 2013. In 2016 the vehicle had an only update. So, the mid-size model is quite old, especially in modern times where technology evolves pretty fast. But still, the Highlander manages to achieve best sales records ever. In 2018 it seems like these numbers are about to drop under 200,000 units. So, the big changes are on the way for 2020 Toyota Highlander.
The SUV is the only mid-size three-row hybrid. That is about to change with the arrival of competition. So, the 2020 Toyota Highlander redesign is bringing new advantages for the better market appearance. Changes are numerous, so the SUV could even enter the new, fourth generation. The upcoming Toyota Highlander 2020 and its hybrid model must stun all fans and critics.
Spy shots are there. The company is testing its flagship model. But, heavy camo is hiding all interesting details we want to know about the SUV. We still don’t know what will the new 2020 Toyota Highlander look like. Dimensions should be similar to the outgoing model, and the vehicle could add more ground clearance to improve off-road capabilities.
2020 Toyota Highlander Redesign Changes
Both exterior and interior are aging. The new 2020 Toyota Highlander needs a lot of updates to be competitive with likes of Ford Explorer (new generation confirmed for 2020 with hybrid engine), and Honda Pilot (redesigned in 2019 with the hybrid model coming in 2020). To keep up the pace with these and other rivals, Toyota will overhaul both the cabin and the body.
What Will The 2020 Toyota Highlander Look Like?
Let’s start outside. To draw attention, the Japanese company will have to change the appearance of the new 2020 Toyota Highlander. We don’t have confirmation from official sources yet, but entire front and rear fascia are being revisited. After reconstruction, we are getting new lights and bumpers. Do not be surprised if the Highlander comes with Toyota sign on the grille instead of a badge. Latest changes on the Toyota C-HR or Lexus UX could show us the direction of development for the rear end. The sharp and futuristic design language is drawing attention. That is exactly what the upcoming Toyota Highlander 2020 needs.
As for the exterior, the interior of the 2020 Toyota Highlander needs a huge overhaul. It is maybe even important than the outer appearance. Well, the current SUV is comfortable, safe, and fun to drive. With the latest Entune system, we are able to use both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. USB and charging ports, navigation, and many more features are available through some of the available packages. But, the new model will add even more accessories.
Besides that, designers will change the look of the SUV. It still remains a three-row model. We expect from Toyota to extend the 2020 Highlander a little bit, not more than 3 inches. This space could be used for better seating configuration, especially in a second and third row. What’s more, front buckets are offering heating function, and high-end seats bring ventilation. Complete dashboard and control panel will look totally different.
Is 2020 Toyota Highlander Next Vehicle to Get a TRD Package?
The 2020 Toyota Highlander TRD Pro sounds nice. But, it is not so likely to happen. There are few other SUVs that could get similar upgrades, such as Toyota Sequoia or Land Cruiser. Even if Highlander gets TRD badge, it will be some lighter version than Pro. A TRD Sport we can see on some other SUVs is more suitable for the upcoming Toyota Highlander 2020. Well, this is only a rumor, so we can’t know too much about it. But, it is definitely possible, knowing Toyota.
Powertrains and Specifications
The entry-level model for the current edition of Highlander (2019) offers a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine. However, this unit that produces 185 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque could have the last run. We’ve heard that engineers are planning to keep only a larger powertrain after the redesign. It has sense with new models on the way after 2020.
So, with a V6, the new 2020 Toyota Highlander can offer 295 hp and 263 lb-ft of torque. It is a 3.5-liter displacement which used as the power generator for a few other Toyota’s vehicles. Proven and durable, it could be even more efficient. The upcoming Toyota Highlander 2020 will benefit from lighter materials in its body. Fuel economy will definitely gain a mile or two for each gallon. A six-speed automatic transmission sends power to front wheels. All-wheel drive is optional. Total towing capacity of the 2020 Highlander will stay around 5,000 pounds.
2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Update
The same petrol engine will be used for a hybrid setup. So, a 3.5-liter V6 offers its power and electric motors are boosting total output over 300 hp. Toyota will revisit current 650-volt system to make it more efficient in combination with the V6 drivetrain. The new Rav4 Hybrid is going to offer 40 mpg, after 34 mpg returned by the last year’s model. Fans of the bigger stablemate won’t be modest. They expect the similar raise for the 2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid. If that happens, the system will be able to go up to 35 mpg properly equipped.
- New front fascia
- New rear fascia
- Slightly larger body
- New dashboard
- New seating layout
- Entune infotainment system update
- Drops four-cylinder engine
- More efficient hybrid
- Higher price
- Possible TRD model
Release Date of The Upcoming Toyota Highlander 2020
Edition for 2019 season is already out. Test mules are there. So, it seems like the Japanese company is preparing an early debut for the new 2020 Toyota Highlander. Could we see it at the Detroit Auto Show in January? Most experts doubt the SUV will be ready by then. Fans should rather expect it later, in Chicago or New York.
To stay competitive, the price of the 2020 Toyota Highlander must not jump for too much. Well, the cut of the four-pot engine will make the Japanese company downgrade V6. Still, the new Highlander will keep the cost under $34,000 which is enough to compete with Nissan Pathfinder or Chevy Traverse.
On the other hand, 2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid will start at $42,000. That is the similar price for the current model. High-end Platinum versions for both petrol and hybrid model will cost over $50,000.