#NYIAS - Refreshed 2017 Toyota Highlander Debut

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    Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – Mar. 24, 2016

    Toyota Chief Engineer Takashi Goto provides details on the 2017 Highlander refresh.

    At the New York International Auto Show this week Toyota debuted the refreshed 2017 Highlander. The third gen mid-size, 8-passenger CUV, now in its fourth year, includes the latest safety, technology and convenience plus a more efficient all-new Direct Shift 8-speed automatic transmission (AT) mated to an updated and more powerful direct injected 3.5L V6. Stop/Start will soon be standard on XLE, Limited and Platinum trims as well.

    The most important change for us is that the refresh now includes two new grades of the Hybrid, LE and XLE, joining the Limited and Platinum trims. All Highlander Hybrid models will continue to be AWD.

    2017 Toyota Highlander Drivetrain

    The 2017 Highlander gas models now incorporate a wider ratio, all-new Direct Shift 8 speed AT. The new smaller transmission is standard on all V6 Highlander gas models..

    The new Direct Injected 3.5L V6 will be available on all Highlander gas models and standard on all Hybrid grades. The new engine will generate significantly more horsepower, improved fuel efficiency - TBA, and deliver a more direct driving feel by expanding the lock up range.

    The standard powertrain on Highlander 4x2 LE gas models will remain the 2.7L I4 paired to a 6-speed AT.

    2017 Toyota Highlander SE

    Intro at the 2017 NYIAS.​

    2017 Toyota Highlander Design Upgrades

    The 2017 Highlander and Highlander Hybrid received new upper and lower front grille designs. The grille on the LE, LE Plus and XLE grades will receive a silver painted finish, while Limited and Platinum grades will receive a painted chrome finish.

    Out back, the rear taillights will received a more modern shape. Chrome trim will be added on the rear bumper of Limited and Platinum models.

    All-new SE trim front seats.​

    Interior updates include a new brown leather interior within the Limited Platinum. All Highlanders will include 5 USB ports vs. just one in the current Highlander lineup. Yeah!

    The premium Limited and Limited Platinum include a choice of second-row captain’s chairs for occupancy of seven, or second-row bench seats that will allow the Highlander to carry up to eight people.

    2017 Toyota Highlander SE Grade

    SE Front Grille​

    The all-new SE trim includes unique 19-inch alloys, stiffer suspension, and a dark painted front grille, headlamp housings and roof rails.

    Inside, the SE includes black leather trimmed seats with silver stitching and pattern seat inserts, a black front tray, and matching dash and door inserts.

    2017 Toyota Highlander Safety Upgrades

    The 2017 Highlander will come standard with Toyota Safety Sense P (Pedestrian Detection) with an automated Pre-Collision System including Forward Collision Warning and automatic emergency braking, Lane Departure Alert, Automatic High Beams, Pedestrian Pre- Collision System and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control

    Toyota Safety Sense P (TSS) in detail:
    • Pedestrian Pre-collision System (PCS) uses a camera and radar to detect objects ahead of the vehicle. When the system determines there is a possibility of collision it prompts the driver to brake with an audio and visual alert. If the driver notices the hazard and brakes, the system provides additional braking force. If the driver fails to brake in a set time, the system automatically applies the brakes, reducing speed in order to prevent or mitigate the collision.

    • Lane Departure Alert (LDA) uses a camera to detect visible lane markings. If the system determines that the vehicle is starting to deviate from the lane, LDA alerts the driver and will provide steering assist to help get the vehicle back into its lane.

    • Automatic High Beam (AHB) helps enhance forward visibility during nighttime driving. It uses a camera to detect the headlights of oncoming vehicles and the tail lights of vehicles ahead, and then automatically switches between high beams and low beams so as not to dazzle other drivers.

    • The Highlander XLE grade will also adopt blind spot monitor as standard equipment.
    The 2017 Highlander Limited Platinum arrives with a Bird’s Eye View Camera with Perimeter Scan. Its Four cameras project a panoramic view of the vehicle’s surroundings on the central touch screen. The system offers drivers assistance when parallel parking, and when pulling in and out of parking spaces. The Bird’s Eye View Monitor system also debuts a Toyota-first feature called Perimeter Scan, which provides a live rotating 360-degree view around the vehicle, helping the driver to see potential obstacles.

    The 2017 Highlander and Highlander Hybrid will begin arriving at Toyota showrooms this fall.

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