- The Grand Highlander will be launched in February.
- HybridMax will use the powertrain.
- Probably based on the TNGA-K platform.
Toyota USA has released a new teaser image. Grand HighlanderAn even bigger version of the automaker’s Highlander – Kilger to us Australians – is wearing the Hybrid Max badge.
The Grand Highlander has been rumored for some time, with patents filed in August last year. Toyota USA will reveal the new Grand Highlander at the Chicago Auto Show. On February 8 next year. Plans for Australia are currently unconfirmed.
Instead of the Clogher’s more organic tailgate with sloping roofline, the Grand Highlander features a higher roofline and a squared-off tailgate – potentially providing more space for third-row occupants.
The Grand Highlander’s taillights and chrome tailgate garnish have much more in common with the RAV4 than the Kluggler.
Perhaps most interestingly, the tailgate badge reads Hybrid Max, suggesting the Grand Highlander will be available with the Crown’s 2.4-litre turbo-petrol hybrid powertrain that produces around 250kW of power.
Toyota has also revealed the name of the flagship trim Platinum, similar to the current US market Highlander.
As for further details, Toyota has kept them pretty much under wraps, telling us only that this is a three-row SUV perfect for family road trips.
The Grand Highlander will likely share its underpinnings with it. The upcoming Lexus TX, another extra-large three-row SUV that will sit above the RX. The Grand Highlander is also likely to be manufactured at Toyota USA’s Indiana plant, which currently manufactures the Highlander and the oz-market Kluger.
Toyota hasn’t specifically said that the Grand Highlander will ride on the TNGA-K, though that seems unlikely unless the brand develops another iteration of its global architecture.
As far as measurements are concerned, expect the Kluger to be longer, wider and taller with measurements of 4966mm, 1930mm, 1755mm. Perhaps the Grand Highlander will push past the Hyundai Palisade and Kia Telluride in terms of size.
More details will be revealed on February 8 next year, with plans for Australia yet to be confirmed.