If you live in America and require a large 3-row Toyota, you already have a few options: the 4th-gen Highlander, even larger 4th-gen Sienna and the 3rd-gen Sequoia—which is larger than the other two. Which begs the question of why you’d need another one? But I guess the Toyota Grand Highlander exists for the same reason the Wagoneer L and Grand Wagoneer L exist. Billed as the “ultimate family SUV”, the first-ever Grand Highlander will go on sale in America later this year as a 2024 model.
As people are commenting on social media, the Grand Highlander looks more like Grand RAV4 visually. The front fascia, the side profile and the rear fascia, all remind us of the RAV4 instead of the regular Highlander, which depending on your perspective, might or might not be a good thing.
Depending on the trim, exterior features include 20-inch alloy wheels, LED running lights, LED fog lamps, heated and power folding mirrors, and a panoramic moonroof.
Inside, you get enough space for up to 8 people depending on the seating configuration, and a cargo space of up to 97.5 cu.ft. (2,761 litres) when all the rear seats are folded flat, which should be good enough to move your entire house. The Grand Highlander will be available in three trims: XLE, Limited and Platinum. The XLE itself offers 10-way power driver and 8-way power front passenger seat and heating function for front seats. If you move up to Limited trim, you get leather upholstery, heated & ventilated front seats, memory function for front seats, heated second-row seats, and heated steering wheel.
A 12.3-inch touchscreen comes standard while Limited and above trims also get a 12.3-inch driver display as opposed to a 7-inch MID you get in the base model. Wireless Apple CarPlay & Android Auto connectivity is also included as standard. The higher trims also get a 11-speaker JBL audio system. A head-up display and a Digital Rearview Mirror are exclusive to the Platinum trim.
As standard, all Grand Highlander models come with the latest Toyota Safety Sense 3.0 suite of active safety and driver assistance systems, which include Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection; Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist; Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control; Lane Tracing Assist; Road Sign Assist; Automatic High Beams, and Proactive Driving Assist. The Platinum trim also gets Traffic Jam Assist (requires active Drive Connect trial or subscription) and Front Cross Traffic Alert.
Moving on to the juicy bits of the story, buyers get to choose from 2.4L 4-cylinder turbo petrol and 2.5L petrol-electric hybrid options; both offering FWD and AWD options. The Hybrid MAX variant comes with standard AWD and offers combined figures of 270 kW (362 bhp/367 metric hp) and 542 Nm (400 lb-ft). This variant is also claimed to offer a towing capacity of 2,268 kg (5,000 lbs).
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