World Premiere of All-New 2020 Highlander at New York International Auto Show
The redesigned 2020 Toyota Highlander, which starts rolling into dealerships in December, promises new interior refinements, more standard safety gear and a better ride.
And the hybrid version, due in February 2020, boasts a 17 percent increase in fuel economy than the current hybrid Highlander.
The fourth generation of the three-row crossover, to be revealed at the New York auto show, will ride on the Toyota New Global Architecture.
The Highlander was the second-best-selling large crossover in the U.S. last year, trailing only the Ford Explorer. It is one of Toyota's top-selling light trucks, with sales of 244,511 in 2018, an increase of 13 percent.
The 2020 Highlander's standard 295-hp, 3.5-liter, V-6 gasoline engine, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. An optional hybrid powertrain - part of the automaker's plan to spread hybrid technology across its lineup - will feature a 2.5-liter inline-four paired with two electric motors to deliver 240 hp.
For the first time, the hybrid version of the Highlander - which had been all-wheel drive only - will be available in either awd or front-wheel drive.