2017 Toyota Highlander Release Date
According to reliable sources, the 2017 Toyota Highlander will be a refreshed model. Arriving all-new for the 2014 model year, this family hauler has received only minor enhancements in the meantime. Thus the upcoming model is due to undergo certain exterior and interior changes that should help it stay fresh until the next generation arrives for the 2020. Although it already boasts one of the sleekest designs in its class, the 2017 Highlander is expected to become even more competitive. We expect to be a formidable rival to the likes of the Honda Pilot, Nissan Pathfinder and Ford Explorer.
Although it’s yet to be confirmed, the 2017 Toyota Highlander is most likely to go on sale in the second half of 2016. The refreshed model is not expected to stray too far from the current version when it comes to the pricing numbers.
2017 Toyota Highlander Redesign
The bulk of the changes expected from the 2017 Toyota Highlander will be visible on its front end. Expect to see a redesigned grille flanked by new LED headlights, while the front bumper is due to undergo subtle revisions. At the same time, the rear side is expected to accommodate restyled tail-lights and reshaped exhaust pipes. Apart from that, the updated Highlander will retain its muscular and dynamic appearance for which the current generation has been known for.
Inside the cabin, expect to see new materials and several revisions on the instrument panel and center stack. Also, the current trim levels should incorporate new standard amenities that haven’t been available in the previous models. Some sources claim that the entry level versions are due to receive some new high-tech safety features as well as the most advanced connectivity systems. However, the exact details concerning the refreshed Highlander’s new equipment have yet to surface.
When it comes to the mechanical features, the 2017 Toyota Highlander will be mostly unchanged compared to its predecessor. The entry-level Highlanders will once again be motivated by the 2.7-liter inline-four engine that gives 185 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque. The more powerful unit will come in the form of the 3.5-liter V6 that churns out 270 hp and 240 lb-ft of torque. Those who opt for the most efficient drivetrains will probably choose the hybrid-powered version. Namely, its gas-electric system comprises the aforementioned 3-5-liter V6 and two electric motors. The system’s combined power output is estimated at 280 horsepower, with the fuel economy rated at 28 mpg.