The 2019 Toyota Highlander is going to introduce a new engine. We know it is going to be a V-6 unit, but other details are not so sure. It will change the performance sheet of this SUV, and alarm competition. The first reactions we see from Honda, with updated Pilot on the way. Nevertheless, Highlander will also update its interior and exterior. Not only that cabin is bringing hi-tech features, but also more comfortable seats. Outside, the crossover will suffer minor changes, while keeping its overall look. The new engine is not going to have a negative effect on the price, which should remain near to current cost.
2019 Toyota Highlander engine
The new engine is going to bring better performance to mid-size SUV. The refresh is coming in need of changes. Nevertheless, change of the drivetrain could also mean that new generation is on the way. Nevertheless, by then, 2019 Toyota Highlander will be part of the third generation. Besides powertrain, this SUV gets an 8-speed automatic transmission for smoother shifting. Fans won’t see a big boost in horsepower and torque rating. The new engine is going to make a major impact on fuel economy. With V-6 drivetrain, Highlander will reach 29 mpg on the highway. Also, 22 mpg in urban streets, this crossover is one of the most economical vehicles in the class.
2019 Toyota Highlander hybrid
Another big change could be the return of the hybrid version for 2019 Toyota Highlander. This kind of drivetrain was available during the first generation. Nevertheless, plug-in cars are not using the same technology as it was in 2004 when fans saw the debut of Toyota’s SUV hybrid. For new Highlander, there will be a system that includes a base engine with two electric motors. Attention is not going to be on acceleration and power, but rather mileage. However, the crossover will benefit on horsepower rating and torque as well.
2019 Toyota Highlander release date
At first, we will see a standard, petrol version of 2019 Toyota Highlander. The premiere could happen late in 2018. Nevertheless, fans think it can happen earlier. On the other hand, the hybrid model is coming few months after base one. The plan for it is to appear during 2019 season.