The second-generation Toyota Highlander was introduced at the 2007 Chicago auto show, so now is about the right time for a new version. The first-gen Highlander was sold for seven years, from model-year 2001 to 2007, and if this second generation follows the same schedule, the Highlander debuting at New York is actually a new model and not simply a facelift.
Our source suggests the styling of the 2014 Highlander will bring the SUV in line with the rest of the new Toyota lineup. Out front, look for a narrower, more curved grille that splits the difference between that of the Camry and Rav4. The liftgate may be rounded more than on the current model, and it may have a more angled rear window. Coupled with new taillights that extend onto the hatch, we’re told the design resembles that of the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Also expect a gentle character line that sweeps upward along the length of the car.
The 2014 Toyota Highlander will likely use an enlarged version of the chassis employed by the Camry sedan. We don’t expect any major powertrain changes for the new model. The 2013 version of the three-row SUV, pictured, offers a choice between a 187-hp, 2.4-liter inline-four engine; a 270-hp, 3.5-liter V-6; and a 280-hp hybrid that combines a V-6 engine and three electric motors.
Expect more details surrounding the 2014 Toyota Highlander to emerge in the next few weeks.