Seven-seat hybrid Toyota Highlander set for UK debut in 2021
Toyota will launch the seven-seat Highlander SUV in the UK next year to expand its growing hybrid SUV line-up.
The Highlander will become the brand’s largest hybrid SUV, joining the RAV4, C-HR and the new Yaris Cross, which will also be introduced next year.
Power and emissions
The Highlander measures in at 4,950mm long and offers an urban SUV look combined with the power and durability of a versatile AWD vehicle. It will be built on Toyota’s GA-K platform, which the Rav 4 is built on, offer 241bhp and generate CO2 emissions of 146g/km.
Toyota claims it will offer 42.8mpg fuel consumption, impressive for a large SUV. This gives the hybrid Highlander the best balance of power and CO2 emissions in its segment.
Inside, the cabin design provides plenty of storage compartments plus USB ports for the front and second row seats. Premium equipment features will include a multimedia system, satellite navigation, head-up display, wireless phone charging, smartphone connection via Apple CarPlay and AndroidAuto, ventilated front seats and a digital rear-view mirror that provides a wide image unobscured by rear passengers or headrests.
The new Highlander is equipped with the latest Toyota Safety Sense package of active safety and driver assistance systems. These include a Pre-Collision System (PCS) with active steer assist, to provide further collision avoidance support.
The PCS can also detect pedestrians in the vehicle’s path by both and day and night, and bicycle riders in daylight. Other features include full-range adaptive cruise control with road sign assist, lane departure alert and lane tracing assist, and automatic high beam.
The Highlander is a proper seven-seater too, with a 180mm sliding range for the second row seats which ensures spacious third row accommodation for two adults and easy access. A kick-sensor allows hands-free access to the 658-litre luggage area. There’s also underfloor storage space, while fully flat-folding the third and second row seats can bring the load capacity up to 1,909 litres.
Availability and prices
Details of UK specifications and pricing will be announced nearer the time of launch.