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2020 Toyota Highlander: Redesign, Changes, Arrival

Toyota’s reliable, mid-size, three-row Highlander crossover
SUV is faced now with many updated, redesigned or newly-introduced models. Ford
revealed recently the heavily-improved Explorer and the Highlander has also the
updated Honda Pilot and Buick Encore in the sight but also the newcomers such
as the Kia Telluride, Subaru Ascent and Hyundai Palisade. The all-new
Highlander arrived for 2014 and received the mid-update for the 2017 version.
Toyota has, however, been caught testing the new-generation 2020 Toyota
Highlander recently.

Details about the fifth-generation Highlander are still scarce but the three-row family hauler should grow in size and move on the new platform. The styling should also see the revisions in accordance to brand’s latest design language while model should also come with the heavily reworked interior and newest tech, comfort and safety features. The powertrain range should again include the gasoline and electrified versions.

2020 Toyota Highlander

2020 Toyota Highlander: Design, Platform

Toyota is prepping the new 2020 Toyota Highlander and like
many of its recent models, the version will be based on the stretched version
of the TNGA modular platform which forms also the base of the models like the
CH-R, Avalon, Camry, RAV4, etc. With the Toyota Global New architecture, the
Highlander should provide better performance and flexibility plus weigh less
while the prototype versions suggest also the enlarged dimensions.

Form the visual point of view, it seems that the test
version hides the styling similar to what we can see on recently all-new RAV4.
The styling cues we saw initially on the FT-AC concept model should be applied
to the new Highlander as well. That should mean hexagonal grille design
combined with swept-back headlights and dynamic front bumper style. 

The profile seems also to be coming with the trapezoidal
shaped fender flares and cleaner lines. The rear will also receive the new
taillights and resculpted tailgate and rear bumper.

Interior, Equipment:

Inside the cabin, we should expect more passenger and cargo
space as the prototype version seem to have stretched wheelbase and length. The
current Highlander provides max cargo capacity of 84 cubes and just 14 cubic
feet with the all seats functional.

The new Highlander will also arrive with the new interior
design and upgraded materials and textures. The model should use similar dash
elements placement as the RAV4 with the center screen sitting atop the middle
of the dash and new air vents.

The new generation version will also adopt the latest Entune infotainment platform with Apple Car Play and Android Auto. The safety will also be updated to the latest Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 suite with the sign recognition, adaptive cruise control, etc.

2020 Toyota Highlander

2020 Toyota Highlander: Powertrain

No details have leaked yet about the powertrain Toyota will
use in the new generation 2020 Toyota Highlander.   

The range should include the four-cylinder and V-6 gasoline
units like in the current version and the electrified option as well. The
possible candidates should be the units from the mid-size Camry sedan. A
2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with power around 200 hp and the V-6 unit with
the potential around 300 hp. Both engines should come in the combination with
the 8-speed automatic transmission. 

The hybrid could combine updated 3.5-liter V-6 engine with
the battery-powered electric motor for a slightly improved total output.

2020 Toyota Highlander: Arrival, Price

The new 2020 Toyota Highlander should debut in the second
half of 2019. The price will likely see a modest increase across the range.

2020 Toyota RAV4: News, Options, Design, Release

Toyota’s mega-successful, RAV4 model received the full makeover for the 2019 model year. The fifth generation RAV4 is based on the new platform, more aggressively styled and more comfortable inside. The new tech features are also available and Toyota claims better off-road capability.

Toyota’s top-selling nameplate will also introduce the hybrid model early next year and after that, the 2020 Toyota RAV4 will come with minimal changes in the equipment organization and few new options.

2020 Toyota RAV4

2020 Toyota RAV4: Design

The popular RAV4 model switched to the new TNGA platform and with the improved structural rigidity this unit also provides better weight distribution. The new generation RAV4 is slightly shorter than the version it replaced but with the shorter overhangs and longer wheelbase, it improved the rear-seat comfort. The model is also a hair wider than before.

The 2020 Toyota RAV4 will come essentially unchanged after the recent redesign and new color options will appear with the possibility of the new special edition version.

The styling of the model will also stay intact until the next mid-update. The fifth generation RAV4 has more aggressive appearance thanks to the more sculpted lines. The redesigned front fascia with the new grille insert also contributes to the style. The chiseled profile also improves the impression and the sharp lines also adds to the aerodynamics. The model also has an angular rear end and modern taillights.

Interior, Equipment:

The RAV4 also introduced the redesigned interior with the last year makeover and the 2020 version won’t have to bring anything new. The model has nice dash design and the interior also follows the exterior with the sharp lines.

The newest infotainment system will also be the part of the model’s portfolio with the 7-inch touchscreen in the base version sitting high on the dash. The upper-grade versions will get a larger 8-inch center display as well as the digital instrument cluster. Both options will support Apple Car Play, Amazon Alexa, Wi-Fi antenna etc.

The model will also offer high-quality materials, power liftgate, moonroof, JBL sound system, heated and cooled front seats, heated rear seats and much more.

The RAV4 will also be generously equipped with advanced safety systems. The standard systems will include auto high-beam headlights, adaptive cruise control, auto emergency braking, pedestrian detection and active lane control. The safety upgrades will add blind-spot monitoring, rear cross traffic braking and surround-vision cameras.

2020 Toyota RAV4

2020 Toyota RAV4: Powertrains

The 2020 Toyota RAV4 will offer both the non-electrified and hybrid powertrain. There will be a standard front-wheel drive and available all-wheel drive. The all-wheel-drive system will boost the power distribution between the axles and between the wheels with the torque vectoring system. Adding to the models’ capability will also be the various traction control modes.

The base engine will be the 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine in the combination with the 8-gear automatic transmission. The hybrid will combine the continuously variable transmission and the battery pack positioned behind the rear seats.

The hybrid version should bring better performance and fuel economy but remains to wait for Toyota to reveal precise details.

2020 Toyota RAV4: Arrival, Price

Honda hasn’t yet revealed the price of the RAV4 but expect a slight increase compared to the current version. The 2020 Toyota RAV4 will go in sale in late 2019.