The rumors had it that the 2018 Toyota Highlander will feature more improvements than its predecessors. The crossover is definitely going to be unique for most consumers. Although the existing Highlander model was updated in 2016 with improved designing and powertrain details, the car still appears like the 2013-year model. Fortunately, the Toyota resorted to continuing with its production, thanks to its impressive sales records. However, with the increasing competition in the SUV market, chances are that the current model will maintain its steady sales record. This is the reason why the manufacturer opted to give it an upgrade for the 2018 model year. The Toyota Company is hoping to keep itself ahead of the pack with the new production. The crossover SUV will be offered in numerous trim levels including the base LE and LE Plus, XLE; sporty SE, upscale Limited and Limited Platinum.
2018 Toyota Highlander – Design Changes
Just like Toyota’s current full-size crossover, the 2018 Highlander is will be built on the company’s K platform which is very fine. The platform allows for lightweight designing featuring a combination of both aluminum and high strength steel. The modular chassis enhances the SUV’s aerodynamic performance, fuel efficiency as well as road stability. Its front fascia appears larger with an appealing chrome-plated front grille that really stands out thus giving the 2018 Toyota Highlander a stylish and sporty appearance.
The chrome plating has also been extended for the LED taillights and side windows. Its chrome-plated trapezoid-shaped grille mesh features Toyota logo at the top center of the front fascia. The car rides on beautiful 18-inch aluminum alloy wheels which enhance its off-road capabilities. The dimension and styling are not going to change much although you should expect some elements of aggressiveness, especially in the front end, thanks to the revised LED headlights. It appears larger and more reliable with dynamic and powerful wheel arches on either side.
The forthcoming 2018 Toyota Highlander is a 5-door family-centric car model with classy cabin styling. Although there are no specific design details for the crossover, we are expecting better changes including revised infotainment system satellite navigation system, smartphone integration, premium air conditioner and 3-zone automatic climate control. The base LE trim comes with 4.2-inch infotainment display touchscreen, 6-speaker audio system, premium cloth upholstery and tilt/telescopic steering wheel. Going for higher trims levels you get 6.1-inch or 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment display plus 8-spaker sound system. Coming standard on every trim level are Bluetooth audio connectivity, USB port interface, HD satellite radio and CD/MP3/MP4 player. There are sufficient headroom and legroom presented by the spacious interior cabin. Among the available safety features include forward collision warning system, emergency braking, and pedestrian detection system, lane departure warning system and adaptive cruise control.
2018 Toyota Highlander – Engine Specs
The engine powering the upcoming 2018 Toyota Highlander still remains a mystery. We are however suspecting that the automaker will carry forward its previous engines but with improved performance. The base unit is a 2.7-liter inline-4 engine currently rated at 185 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque. A 3.5-liter V6 might also find its way under the hood with a rating of 295 horsepower and 263 lb-ft of torque.
2018 Toyota Highlander – Estimated Cost and Development
The 2018 Toyota Highlander from the rumors will be offered at a base price of around $31,500. Its higher trims go for up to $ 49,0000. The Toyota is yet to release the official price figures and details on the release date.
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