The Japanese manufacturers were on the edge of discontinuing this model but didn’t do so thanks to improved sales figures. And this 2018 Toyota Highlander looks to ensure that they don’t need to, at least in the coming future. This is one of 5 offerings from The Toyota stable and this is concentrated on being the perfect family SUV.
Toyota will look to get this car ready for a burgeoning mid-size SUV market. This 2018 Toyota Highlander will be among the last few entrants and will look to make the best of it over time. Falling crude prices have finally driven this segment back into the mix of things and all the automakers will look to cash in on it while it lasts.
2018 Toyota Highlander Exterior Specs
This new 2018 Toyota Highlander will look distinctly better than the previous generation. The onus of the design language will lie on being a family-centric model catering a typical 8-passenger getaway or daily city trips. There’s no point in making the car flashy but it what Toyota has achieved is in giving this car design elements to make it look large and reliable.
A trapezoid-shaped grille mesh with a chrome bar sporting Toyota’s logo up top is the center-piece of a refreshed front fascia. The curve of the grille is echoed throughout the front fascia. Quaint air intakes on either side will appear utilitarian and a part of the overall look itself.
Dynamic and powerful wheel-arches on either make sure that the car shifts from a boxy shape. Distinct headlamps are mirrored by rear-lamps sporting a similar style. The rear-end looks less ungainly than the previous models and this car looks much better than before.
2018 Toyota Highlander will look to give this the best possible value-for-money quotient to attract buyers. So they will have to deliver on both luxury and in-cabin infotainment not to mention other techs.
Upscale plastic will come with trim-specific leather upholstery and further added wooden or metal accents. Added features will be sported in the infotainment segment with an updated 8-inch touchscreen, a 6-speaker audio system with a premium 8 speaker upgrade option etc. among other features.
Although there are no official specifications to work on, expect 2018 Toyota Highlander to provide every possible other techs with this car, either with trims or as further options.
- 7 L Turbocharged Inline 4 –
- Max Output – 185 HP
- Max Torque – 250 lb-ft.
- 5 L V6 –
- Max Output – 270 HP
- Max Torque – 250 lb-ft.
Both these engines will come with direct injection and VVT (Variable Valve Timing) techs to ensure umpteen power and EPA. Average fuel economy come in at 20/25/22 mpg. There are two transmission options which will be made available in the 2018 Toyota Highlander, both being CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission): –
- 6-Speed Automatic with Manual Shift-ability.
- 8-Speed Automatic.
Drivetrain options are RWD and AWD mated with both engines as per the trim or variant.
Price and Release Date
The base 2018 Toyota Highlander trims will probably start from around $32,000 with the higher ones to cost above $40,000. Toyota will look to launch this model by Q1 2018 or even Q4 2017. Stay updated to more info and reviews here.