2017 Highlander’s New Engine and SE Trim
Toyota will be debuting the 2017 Highlander at the New York International Auto Show on Wednesday, March 23rd. Toyota gave the 2017 Highlander some design changes, a new trim, new engine and an array of new and updated technology. Toyota added a new engine to the Highlander lineup, the new 3.5L V6 direct injection engine will be paired with a new direct shift 8-speed automatic transmission. This new engine will be available on all Highlander gas models and standard on all Highlander Hybrid models. The new engine will generate more horsepower and provide enhanced fuel efficiency.
Toyota added an all-new sporty SE trim level, it features unique 19-inch aluminum alloy wheels, tuned suspension for a sportier ride, and a dark paint treatment to the front grille, headlamps and roof rails. The interior will have unique black leather-trimmed seats with silver stitching and pattern seat inserts, a black front tray, and matching dash and door inserts. The SE trim will fit right between the XLE and Limited trims and will offer Highlander lovers the choice to have a sportier looking SUV.
2017 Highlander Safety and Exterior Changes
The upper and lower front grille design has been changed for the 2017 model year. Each grade will be distinguished by different grille finishes that will also be found on the headlamp housing. The grille on all LE, LE Plus and XLE grades will have a silver painted finish and Limited and Platinum grades will have a chrome finish. The rear taillights will have a sleeker design and a chrome trim garnish will be added on the rear bumper of the Limited and Platinum models. The 2017 Highlander will also feature 3 new exterior colors, Celestial Silver Metallic, Toasted Walnut Pearl and exclusively on the new SE, Salsa Red Pearl.
The 2017 Highlander will feature more standard technology than before with standard Toyota Safety Sense P which includes pre-collision system with forward collision warning and automatic emergency brake, lane departure alert, automatic high beams, pedestrian pre-collision system and dynamic radar cruise control. The 2017 Highlander and Highlander Hybrid will be arriving at dealerships in fall of 2016. Check back for updated information and an official release date for the 2017 Highlander.