The all-new 2014 Toyota Highlander has been introduced for the first time on its global debut in the Big Apple earlier this month. We find a lot of information about this new SUV at the Jacob Javits Center earlier this month and Toyota says that the 3rd-generation Highlander bring more dynamic and sleek exterior design.
Not only that, they are explained in detail about its interior which now gets improved with advanced technology and more premium touch. Outside, the 2014 model years offer two wheel options that include 18-inch and 19-inch alloys wheels. The Japanese automaker also put MacPherson struts for the front suspension and double-wishbone suspension for the rear, complete with four-wheel disc brakes for its braking system.
Inside the cabin, we saw some distinctive interior features that are expected to offer a top-class driving experience, such as soft-touch instrument panel, chrome-plated accents, contrast seat stitching and leather wrapped steering wheel & shift knob and much more. However, when we look in more detail, the Highlander’s interior is also equipped with premium fabrics and perforated leather-trim seats.
Well, how about its multimedia system? The 2014 Highlander crossover showcases some multimedia features as standard on these vehicles such as, an 8-inch touchscreen system, Toyota’s Entune app suite with 12 JBL speakers and Toyota’s Entune multimedia system.
As for the safety features, we found several safety and comfort features in this crossover include Anti-Lock Braking System, 8-Standard Airbags, AWD Lock switch, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Blind Spot Monitor. On the other hand, we also see there are some other features such as Smart-Stop system, Hill-start Assist, Lane Departure Alert, Pre-collision system and Rear Parking Sonar.
Want to know what’s under the hood? The entry-level 2014 Toyota Highlander is powered by a 2.7-liter 4-cylinder VVT-i engine and is offered only as a front-wheel drive models, complete with a six-speed ECT-i automatic transmission.
More powerful version of the new Highlander is offered with a 3.5-liter V6 VVT-i engine that will be available exclusively with front-wheel drive system as standard on the vehicle. However, buyers can also order an all-wheel drive system that comes only as optional. The 3.5L V6 engine is packed in a single package along with a six-speed ECT-i automatic transmission featuring Sequential Shift.
Toyota Hybrid Synergy Drive System
Nevertheless, Toyota’s hybrid system apparently has great potential to offer better fuel efficiency compared to non-hybrid models. Therefore, the 2014 Highlander mid-size SUV will also be available with a Hybrid Synergy Drive system, which is claimed to offer better fuel economy and improved mileage as well as lower emissions.
Hybrid Synergy Drive (HSD) consists of an electric motor, CVT and a 3.5-liter V6 gasoline engine. The electric motors will play its important role to assist the gasoline engine performance, while the power will be distributed to all four wheels through an all-wheel drive system and Electronically Controlled Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT).
The Japanese-based automaker Toyota is apparently still keep some important secrets related to the powertrain, mpg ratings (EPA-estimated fuel economy) and performance figures. Although we know that some speculations have emerged on the web and even strong rumors about this new crossover.
2014 Toyota Highlander release date is scheduled for early next year
Speaking about release date, Toyota said the all-new 2014 Highlander SUV will hit U.S. dealerships early next year and the official pricing details will be announced closer to its release date. The third-generation Highlander will go into the production line at Toyota’s Indiana plant (TMMI-Princeton) later this year.