Toyota is introducing the Highlander brand in Europe for the first time with the 4th generation model that made its debut at the 2019 New York International Auto Show. It’ll be available exclusively with a full hybrid powertrain. Prices in the UK start at £50,595 and €58,850 in Germany.
Built on the TNGA-K platform, the Highlander is Toyota’s largest SUV measuring 4,966 mm long, 1,930 mm wide and 1,755 mm high. It boasts a wheelbase of 2,850 mm. Features list includes the same equipment as the American-spec model, including projector LED headlights and 20-inch alloy wheels. The base model rides on 18-inch alloy wheels.
Depending on the trim, features in the cabin include a 7-inch MID, a 12.3-inch central touchscreen, satellite navigation, Apple CarPlay & Android Auto connectivity, a Head-Up Display, front and rear seat heating, front seat ventilation, 3-zone climate control, 11-speaker JBL audio system, wireless smartphone charging, a switchable digital rearview mirror, and standard Toyota Safety Sense suite of active safety technologies. The options list includes a panoramic sunroof.
The Highlander also boasts a segment-longest loadspace and up to 1,909 litres of luggage capacity.
The hybrid powertrain combines a 2.5-litre Atkinson cycle petrol engine with front and rear electric motors, forming an AWD. A Nickel-Metal Hydride battery pack is positioned underneath the second row seats. The system output is 182 kW (248 metric hp), which is about 5 hp more compared to the American-spec model. Toyota claims a 0-100 km/h (62 mph) acceleration time of 8.3 seconds and a top speed of 180 km/h (112 mph), should such things interest you. Its pure-electric top speed is 125 km/h (78 mph). There’s an EV mode too that is useful for short distances.