Toyota Highlander Hybrid coming to Western Europe

2021 Toyota Highlander Hybrid

Toyota's largest Hybrid SUV, the Highlander, is to go on sale throughout Western Europe for the first time.

Available exclusively with a full hybrid powertrain, the Highlander - together with the D-segment RAV4, the C-segment C-HR and the forthcoming B-segment Yaris Cross - is the newest addition to Toyota's European SUV model lineup.

4,950 mm long with striking 20-inch alloy wheels, the Highlander Hybrid combines the sleek, dynamic and sophisticated styling of a premium urban SUV with the strength, power and durability of a rugged, versatile All-Wheel Drive.

2021 Toyota Highlander Hybrid

On board, the interior has been designed to offer all the practicality, durability and space-on-demand expected of a 7-seater SUV, creating a comfortable, premium environment for all occupants. The Highlander Hybrid is a true 7-seater - the 180 mm sliding range of the second-row seating ensuring spacious third row accommodation for two adults, as well as easy ingress-egress.

Accessed by a kick-sensor operated power tailgate the 658-litre boot space and with additional underfloor storage may be dramatically expanded by the fully flat folding of both the third and second row seating, bringing the load capacity up to 1,909 litres.

Available in a choice of Black or Graphite colour schemes, the interior boasts comprehensive storage compartments through the cabin, complimented by power USB sockets in the first and second row seating areas.

Premium equipment levels include a 12.3-inch centre console multimedia display with satellite navigation, a head-up display, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, wireless phone charging, seat ventilation and a switchable digital rear-view mirror which displays a wide rear image without the interruption of seat headrest or other occupants.

2021 Toyota Highlander Hybrid

The Highlander's 4th generation full hybrid powertrain combines a 2.5 litre Atkinson cycle petrol engine with front and rear electric motors -the rear motor equipping Toyota's SUV with AWD-i (All-Wheel Drive-intelligent)- and a powerful Nickel-Metal Hydride system battery located under the second-row seats.

Total system power of 244 hp combined with CO2 emissions of just 146 g/km and 6,6-litre/100km (WLTP cycle) or 117 g/km and 5.2-litre/100km (Correlated NEDC) represents the best power to CO2 balance in the segment.

A Drive Mode Select switch enables the driver to select a choice of Eco, Normal, Sport and Trail driving modes. All four modes may be used when the vehicle is operating in the separately-switchable EV mode.

The use of an acoustic windscreen and front glazing, and the adoption of roof, dash and floor silencers, and wheel arch and loadspace liners equip the Highlander with a notable quiet cabin environment, reinforcing the inherently smooth, quiet driving characteristics of the full hybrid powertrain.

The Highlander's GA-K platform is complemented by a lightweight and high-rigidity bodyshell and with a low centre of gravity, providing the new SUV with nimble handling and comfortable motorway cruising characteristics.

2021 Toyota Highlander Hybrid

The new Highlander Hybrid is equipped with latest "Toyota Safety Sense", a set of active safety technologies designed to help prevent or mitigate collisions across a wide range of traffic situations.

The Highlander's Toyota Safety Sense package includes Pre-Collision System (PCS) with active steer assist to avoid collision, with pedestrian detection day and night, and bicycle detection during the day, Full Range Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), ACC with Road Sign Assist (RSA), Lane Tracing Assist (LTA), Lane Departure Alert (LDA), Automatic High Beam (AHB) and Road Sign Assist (RSA).

The Toyota Highlander Hybrid will go on sale in European markets from early 2021.

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