Toyota kicked off the 2023 Chicago Auto Present with the world premiere of the 2024 Grand Highlander. It marks the Japanese automaker’s first midsize-class SUV to supply what they name an “adult-sized third row” with “ample cargo area.”
Grand Highlander runs on a stretched model of the present Highlander’s platform. Normal seating is for seven with captain’s chairs comprising the twond-row. An elective 2nd-row bench will increase passenger capability to eight. Whereas the usual Highlander presents related seating choices, the Grand model presents practically 6 inches of further 3rd-row legroom, 2.5 inches extra shoulder room, and an inch of additional headroom. Cargo area additionally will increase to 97.5 cubic toes with all seating rows folded, a 15 p.c improve over the smaller Highlander. This further passenger and cargo quantity now means Toyota could be extra aggressive towards different three-row “large-midsize” SUVs such because the Chevrolet Traverse, Ford Explorer, Hyundai Palisade/Kia Telluride, Jeep Grand Cherokee L, Mazda CX-9, Nissan Pathfinder, and Volkswagen Atlas.
Powertrain choices embrace the selection of front- or all-wheel drive. The lone standard fuel engine is the two.4-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder that made its debut on the 2023 Highlander, which produces 265 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque. It would use an 8-speed computerized transmission.
A pair of fuel/electrical hybrid choices will even be out there. The primary makes use of Toyota’s tried-and-tested 2.5-liter fuel engine. When mixed with the electrical motor, complete output is 243 horsepower with an EPA-estimated 34 mpg mixed fuel-economy score. Prime-end fashions, dubbed Hybrid MAX, will get an much more potent drivetrain that produces 362 horsepower and a most towing capability of 5,000 kilos.
Inside facilities are what you’d count on from a automobile on this class. The usual infotainment interface makes use of a big 12.3-inch display screen with assist for over-the-air software program updates. The out there built-in navigation system is related to the cloud to offer a extra seamless replace expertise. Wi-fi Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are additionally commonplace. Toyota is constant its partnership with JBL to offer the elective top-end audio resolution that additionally consists of its intelligent Clari-Fi system to boost the standard of compressed songs performed from streaming companies.
Different gadgets commonplace on the bottom XLE grade are Toyota Security Sense (TSS) 3.0, blind-spot alert with rear cross-traffic detection, heated entrance seats, 2nd-row sunshades, seven USB-C energy ports, energy rear liftgate, and Digital Key, which lets you use your smartphone to lock/unlock and begin the automobile by utilizing your smartphone. TSS 3.0 is a collection of driver-assistance options that features pre-collision braking with pedestrian detection, lane-departure warning, radar cruise management, road-sign detection, and a brand new system that the automaker calls “Proactive Driving Help,” which incorporates restricted autonomous functionality just like Nissan’s ProPILOT Help.
Transferring as much as the mid-level Grand Highlander Restricted nets you 20-inch wheels (up from commonplace 18s), hands-free energy liftgate, leather-based upholstery, ventilated entrance seats, heated 2nd-row seats, driver-seat reminiscence, heated steering wheel, JBL audio, impediment detection, and rain-sensing windshield wipers.
The flagship Platinum mannequin comes commonplace with ventilated 2nd-row seating, a panoramic sunroof, head-up instrument show, surround-view digicam, entrance cross-traffic alert, and Site visitors Jam Help.
The 2024 Toyota Grand Highlander is slated to on sale in late summer time. Pricing can be introduced nearer to that point, however we might estimate the front-drive fuel XLE to return in at round $43,000-$44,000 plus vacation spot payment with a loaded AWD Platinum MAX Hybrid topping out at across the $55,000 mark.
The Grand Highlander fills a long-standing hole in Toyota’s product portfolio. It appears the half and will carry out fairly properly, particularly with the MAX Hybrid drivetrain. Not less than for now, the one factor Toyota ought to be involved about is how this automobile would possibly probably harm common Highlander gross sales because it’s considerably of a redundant product. These needing three rows will flock to the Grand Highlander or the full-size Sequoia whereas of us who can get by with a five-seat SUV can flip to the cheaper Venza. It is going to be very attention-grabbing to see how Toyota navigates this probably difficult advertising scenario.
2024 Toyota Grand Highlander Gallery
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