Third-Generation of World’s First Seven-Passenger Gas-Electric Hybrid SUV Debuts at 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show
(LOS ANGELES, November 20, 2013) Get ready to take the hybrid high road! The 2014 Toyota Highlander Hybrid is on display now at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show. It marks the world debut of the all-new third-generation gas-electric mid-size hybrid SUV. The new Highlander Hybrid is a complete package for environmentally-conscious families who want to travel in comfort and style. Its all-new sleek exterior design conveys both refinement and strength, complementing a new interior that will raise the bar in the mid-size SUV segment. With three-row seating for seven or eight, an array of standard features, a host of available in-cabin technologies, and increased cargo capacity, the new Highlander Hybrid will offer a balanced package of style, comfort and utility. The total package is capped off with a Hybrid Synergy Drive powertrain system for enhanced mileage and fewer emissions.
The 2014 Highlander Hybrid will be available in three grades: LE, XLE and Limited.
Sophisticated, Dynamic Exterior and Premium Interior Design
Sophisticated and dynamic, the new Highlander Hybrid features a progressive silhouette, available flush-mounted roof rails for improved aerodynamics, and sculptured side door panels. The exterior has grown in length by approximately three inches while width is increased one-half inch, conveying a sleek and strong appearance.
Toyota engineers raised the bar on interior design for the mid-size SUV segment by adding more refinement and functionality to the new Highlander Hybrid. The 2014 model will offer a premium interior highlighted by increased spaciousness for seven or eight people, and numerous standard comfort, convenience and technology features.
A newly designed 4.2-inch colour LCD Multi-Information Display provides an array of driver information including an Eco driving indicator and energy monitor to help maximize hybrid efficiency is available on XLE and Limited models. This Multi-Information Display is linked to the 8” touchscreen navigation system, and will display turn-by-turn directions immediately in front of the driver.
Cloth seats trimmed with SofTex come standard on the LE model, while genuine leather is found on the first two rows of seats in the XLE. Perforated leather-trim seats in the first two rows, with heated second-row captain’s chairs and much more add to Highlander Hybrid Limited’s redesigned upscale interior.
The third-row seats will be 60/40 split bench for up to three passengers and added storage flexibility and convenience. Rear cargo space behind the third-row has also increased by 34 percent for added storage.
The Limited grade will include technological and luxurious features like Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Automatic High Beam Headlights, panoramic moon roof, LED ambient lighting, a heated steering wheel, as well as heated and ventilated front seats.
Improved Dynamic Performance, Handling, Efficiency
The Highlander Hybrid model’s Hybrid Synergy Drive system pairs the 3.5-liter V6 gasoline engine with a high-torque electric drive motor-generator for additional power and fuel efficiency. All Highlander Hybrid models will be equipped with all-wheel-drive with intelligence (AWD-i). With new technologies that include enhancements in suspension performance, and optimized electric power steering, the new Highlander Hybrid will provide a more dynamic driving experience. Highlander will have a MacPherson strut front suspension, double-wishbone rear suspension, four-wheel disc brakes, with a selection of attractive 18 and 19-inch alloy wheels.
Advanced In-Cabin, Multimedia Connectivity
Highlander Hybrids are available with the latest generation of Toyota’s display audio systems. Standard equipment on the LE grade includes a 6.1-inch display audio with 6 speakers, Sirius XM Satellite Radio, SMS-to-speech, email-to-speech, Advanced voice recognition, and Bluetooth audio streaming. The XLE grade is adds an 8-inch display, and Premium Navigation. Reserved for the Limited grade is the premium 12 speaker JBL Audio system.
Comprehensive List of Safety & Convenience Features
All 2014 Highlander’s will have eight standard airbags. Like every Toyota, Highlander will feature the standard Star Safety System™, which includes Enhanced Vehicle Stability Control, Traction Control, Electronic Brake-force Distribution, Brake Assist, an Anti-lock Braking System, and Smart Stop Technology. All Highlander’s will also come equipped with a standard backup camera and Hill-start Assist Control.
New available safety and convenience features include rear parking sonar, Blind Spot Monitor, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Departure Warning, and a Pre-collision System.
All Highlanders are assembled at Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Indiana (TMMI) in Princeton, Indiana.
The all-new Highlander Hybrid will reach dealer showrooms in early 2014. With excellent fuel economy, low emissions, high performance, and refined styling in an all wheel-drive SUV, 2014 will be high time for Highlander Hybrid.
About Toyota Canada Inc.
Toyota Canada Inc. (TCI) is the exclusive Canadian distributor of Toyota, Lexus and Scion cars, SUVs and trucks. Toyota is the first full-line manufacturer to make all of the elements of the Star Safety System standard on every vehicle starting in 2011. The Star Safety System includes Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Traction Control (TRAC), Anti-lock Brake System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA) and Smart Stop Technology (SST). TCI’s head office is in Toronto, with regional offices in Vancouver, Calgary, Montreal and Halifax and parts distribution centres in Toronto and Vancouver.