Currently reading: New Toyota Highlander to come to UK as all-wheel-drive hybrid
Large SUV to go on sale here for first time next year, with 241bhp petrol-electric powertrain and all-wheel-drive
James Attwood, digital editor
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2 mins read
11 May 2020

Toyota has unveiled the European-spec version of the latest Toyota Highlander – and confirmed that the model will be offered in the UK for the first time.

The fourth iteration of the large SUV was unveiled at the New York motor show last year and uses the same TNGA-K Global Architecture platform as the Camry saloon. While popular in North America and other regions, the previous-generation Highlander was offered in only a handful of European markets. 

When the new Highlander goes on sale in the UK and Western Europe early next year, it will be offered with only a 241bhp petrol-electric hybrid powertrain and four-wheel-drive. Toyota claims WLTP CO2 emissions of 146g/km and a two-tonne towing capacity. Full technical specifications and performance figures are yet to be disclosed. 

The Highlander uses Toyota's latest hybrid powertrain, featuring a 2.5-litre Atkinson-cycle petrol engine and electric motors mounted on both axles. The rear motor is used to operate the variable four-wheel-drive system. The system will offer four drive modes, including a Trail function, along with an EV-only mode.

The SUV is 4950mm long, 1930mm wide and and 1730mm high. It features a 658-litre boot and a total luggage capacity of 1909 litres when the second and third rows of seats are folded flat. The second row of seats can slide by 180mm to add extra leg room for the third row. The car sits on 20in alloy wheels.

Toyota says the interior features a large number of storage compartments, with USB ports for the front and second row of seats. Other equipment available includes a head-up display, wireless phone charging, an infotainment system offering Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, cooled front seats and a digital rear-view mirror.

The Highlander also features Toyota's Safety Sense package of driver assistance systems, which includes pre-collission detection, adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assistance.

The decision to bring the Highlander to Britain part of Toyota’s renewed focus on its strong heritage with both hybrids and SUVs. Along with the recently revealed Yaris Cross, it joins the C-HRRAV4 and Land Cruiser in Toyota’s expanded SUV range.

Toyota says that UK pricing and specification will be finalised closer to the launch in early 2021.

The original Highlander was launched in the US and Japan in 2000 and for a period was the firm's best-selling SUV, before being overtaken by the RAV4. It's also popular in Australia. In certain markets, including Japan and Australia, it's called the Kluger, because Hyundai has already trademarked the Highlander name for a trim level on the Terracan.

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FastRenaultFan 12 May 2020

Is this the new Subaru Forester too?

This looks very like a Subaru from the front. I think its an inoffensive good looking car. The interior could be better alright. Still it seems well engineered and looks like it will be very efficent. Well done to Toyota for managing that on such a big car and giving it 4 wheel drive as well. 

The Apprentice 12 May 2020

I don't get the negative

I don't get the negative comments on its looks, the worst I would say is it's pretty generic and doesn't stand out in any way but its tidy enough if making a statement doesn't bother you. I do agree the inside looks very dull but wait for 'real' photos, in something like the RAV there is more choice and can lift its looks.

More importantly is the low CO2 at 146 even on the new WLTP test is mighty impressive for such a huge car, you would be lucky to find a diesel, let alone a petrol car with 4wd of this size and power at that (under new WLTP, not older fiddled NEDC figure) so those getting them under a company car scheme as a big family car and/or need to tow will benefit substantially. Not to mention site engineers, surveyors, big families with a pony trailer at the weekend who want a big capacity 4x4 without it breaking down or costing a fortune in tax.

Might not be huge, but definitely a market for it.

Antony Riley 12 May 2020

Again lots of negativity

Again lots of negativity Toyota are either at no1 or no2 in numbers if cars manuctured.This particular model seems to sell well where it is on sale. Many comments are seem to criticise its exterior and it's interior, to me both are practical and very robust in their execution ,kid proof dog proof ideal for school runs caravans bikers who don't want glitzy interiors  don't want over styled exteriors and just want a practical working vehicle. The hybrid system has proved to be ultra reliable ask any taxi driver . It will deliver a relaxed  drive and with its twin electric motors be really capable on field or on the rough .It looks to have ample carrying capacity too. So  I think it will be a good seller as is the Rav 4  and C-HR 

xxxx 12 May 2020

negativity or just a munter in somene elses eyes

Antony Riley wrote:

Again lots of negativity Toyota are either at no1 or no2 in numbers if cars manuctured.This particular model seems to sell well where it is on sale. Many comments are seem to criticise its exterior and it's interior, to me both are practical and very robust in their execution ,kid proof dog proof ideal for school runs caravans bikers who don't want glitzy interiors  don't want over styled exteriors and just want a practical working vehicle. The hybrid system has proved to be ultra reliable ask any taxi driver . It will deliver a relaxed  drive and with its twin electric motors be really capable on field or on the rough .It looks to have ample carrying capacity too. So  I think it will be a good seller as is the Rav 4  and C-HR 

Just accept people have diffent opinions to you, especially regarding looks.

Pietro Cavolonero 29 September 2020

Reliable as it may be..

Doesn't make an excuse for  being butt fugly!!

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