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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 Mercedes-Benz GLE: Design, Specs

Mercedes’ strong SUV lineup is now better for the all-new, mid-size GLE model. The new 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE will provide the top-tier comfort and impressive tech features. The new model is also significantly larger and brings also the third-row option. The premium materials and brand’s latest infotainment system will be mixed with the advanced safety tech and there will be a good amount of the cargo space as well.

The newest successor of the M-Class will also offer the potent four- and six-cylinder turbo engines and different suspension options. There will also be the sophisticated 4Matic system and 48-Volt mild-hybrid setup plus the AMG bits.

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE: Design

The redesigned 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE enters the new generations with the sharp styling and significantly larger. The new version measures 5.2 more in length and rides on the 3.1-inch longer wheelbase while is also wider. Thanks to that the model can accommodate the optional third row of seats.

Visually, the model features the brand’s latest design cues. The pointing headlights and signature grille define the front-end style while the nicely creased hood also contributes to the look. The profile comes with the subtle body lines and rakish rear pillar and another prominent feature is the wraparound rear glass.

Interior, Equipment:

Inside the cabin, the new GLE is more comfortable and packed with the premium materials and tech features. The larger body and stretched wheelbase provide the room for the optional third row of seats. The model has 72.5 cubic feet of cargo space behind the first row and up to 22.2 cubes with the first two rows up.

The dashboard comes with the duo of 12.3-inch screens covered with the glass panel. One display provides configurable information for the driver and the center screen manages infotainment, navigation, seat features, etc. The newest version of the MBUX system added about 40 new features, as Mercedes says.

The model also offers high-comfort features and functions and different leather options. The modern, active safety systems are also the part of the all-new GLE. The SUV will come with the automatic emergency braking with the pedestrian detection and blind spot monitoring in every version.

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE: Performance

On the performance front, the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE will come with two potent, turbocharged engines and various drivetrain options.

The base GLE350 will have a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine under the hood. The engine makes 255 horsepower and torque of 273 pound-feet. The pair with the engines is the 9-speed automatic transmission and the rear-wheel drive is standard. The 4Matic four-wheel drive will also be available with both engine options.

The more potent option is a 3.0-liter turbo straight-6 engine combined with the 48-Volt mild-hybrid system. The GLE450 with the inline-6 engine provides 355 hp and torque of 369 pound-feet. The mild-hybrid system assists with additional 22 pound-feet. The GLE450’s all-wheel-drive system can distribute 100 percent of power between the axles.

Suspension, MPG

The car will also come with three suspension options. The normal setup will provide smooth and predictable drive while the AirMatic will improve with the adaptive damping. The next-level suspension will be possible thanks to the combination of the E-Active body Control and AirMatic damping. The system uses the radar and camera which scan the road ahead and prepares the suspension based on the road configuration. The system assists also while steering and adjusts the suspension height and leans the body into corners for easier control.

As for the performance of the versions, the turbo-four-powered model can hit 60 mph in 7.1 seconds. The turbo inline-6 engine boasts better score with the 5.5 seconds on the counter.

The new GLE can tow up to 3, 500 pounds. The fuel economy should land around 30 mpg highway in the GLE350 version. The more powerful GLE450 should return about 27 mpg highway.

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE: Release, Price

The redesigned 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE will be available for the buyers in the next spring while the destiny of the coupe version is still unclear.

The new GLE will go against the strong rivals such as the Acura MDX, BMW X5, Volvo XC90, Porsche Cayenne, Land Rovers, etc.

The price is yet to be revealed. According to some estimations, the more sophisticated Mercedes GLE should go for about $56, 000 in its base variant.

2019 Honda CR-V Hybrid: News, Design

Honda’s popular CR-V SUV has a versatile and roomy cabin and also delivers a comfortable ride with plenty of safety gear in all models. The model was all-new for the 2017 model year and Honda promised recently the hybridization of the entire light-duty truck range. The 2019 CR-V will appear with minimal changes without of the styling and powertrain upgrades when speaking about the currently available engine options but according to some reports the 2019 Honda CR-V Hybrid could appear in late 2019 model year or wait for the 2020 version.

What’s is known so far, the hybrid powertrain should use the same formula as Accord Hybrid sedan with firm’s two-motor configuration. The styling and interior should be very similar to the petrol-powered models.

2019 Honda CR-V Hybrid

2019 Honda CR-V Hybrid: Design

There are no details from Honda about the hybrid version of the desirable CR-V but if the model arrives as the 2019 Honda CR-V Hybrid, it won’t differ much visually from the current non-hybrid version. On the hand, if Honda waits for the 2020 model year launch the model could come with the refreshed styling.

In any case, there won’t be obvious differences between the hybridized model and conventionally powered CR-Vs. The model will continue in the same shape and size while the distinction will make unique grille version, wheel design and appropriate badging.

Interior, features:

Interior of the CR-V hybrid will also be the familiar form from the current CR-V. The model will have a high dose of interior style but will win with the practicality and functionality. A number of clever compartments will be available inside the cabin and the CR-V has well-placed controls as well. The model will also be available with the upscale upgrades including high-quality upholstery, heating features, and will also include Honda’s latest tech features.

The model will come with the responsive infotainment system but will also be equipped with the array of the safety equipment. The equipment list will include systems like adaptive cruise control, lane departure alert, lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring, etc.

2019 Honda CR-V Hybrid

2019 Honda CR-V Hybrid: Powertrain

There is no doubt, that 2019 Honda CR-V Hybrid (or another model year version) will use Honda’s two-motor system. Like the Accord Hybrid sedan, the CR-V SUV should get the Atkinson cycle 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine in the combination with the electric motors and battery pack. The power and performance of the system haven’t appeared yet but the same setup makes 212 hp and manages 47 combined fuel economy in the Acord sedan.

The CR-V Hybrid will likely be the most powerful CR-V and the most efficient as well. It will beat easily 30 mpg combined of the turbo-4 powertrain and will also challenge the rivals of RAV4 Hybrid, Rogue Hybrid, etc.

2019 Honda CR-V Hybrid: Arrival, Price

No confirmation of the arrival of the CR-V Hybrid yet from Honda. The reports claim the model could arrive late in the 2019 model year or more likely wait for the refresh and the 2020 version.

The price of the possible 2019 Honda CR-V Hybrid is also unknown. The base model of the current CR-V starts from around $25, 000 and the hybrid would close to the 30k range likely.