It is time for the mid-cycle update. However, there is no any official detail about the upcoming 2019 Toyota Highlander. Engineers and designers are working hard on improvements on the mid-size SUV. Not only that regular model will suffer big changes, but also the hybrid. At this moment, the Toyota Highlander is the only hybrid in mid-size three-row class. Next season we could also see Nissan Pathfinder or Honda Pilot with the electric drivetrain system.
Other changes on the 2019 Toyota Highlander include updates on styling and interior. New features of the infotainment system will definitely modernize the crossover. Outside, that will do the new bumper and headlights. With a new layout, passengers will get more room in the cabin. Under the hood, we expect the same drivetrain as the main source of power both for conventional unit and hybrid.
2019 Toyota Highlander Specs
So, the main powertrain of the 2019 Toyota Highlander remains the reliable V-6. We already got used to this unit. It is capable to make 295 hp and 263 lb-ft of torque. The transmission is an eight-speed auto.
Compared to the current model, the 2019 Highlander will drop a 2.7-liter inline-four engine. It can be left for some newcomer which will fit between this and smaller Rav4. Well, the compact crossover is growing. Now, its size is near the dimensions of the first Highlander.
2019 Toyota Highlander Hybrid
The highlight of the upcoming 2019 Toyota Highlander lineup is a hybrid model. It is one of the best-selling mid-size vehicles with such drivetrain. Well, it doesn’t have too much competition. Next season we should see Nissan Pathfinder and Honda Pilot as well. But, Toyota Highlander will be even better, with more miles coming from a hybrid configuration.
Currently, the SUV is using a 3.5-liter V 6 as the base unit. It is mated to an electric motor. Together, these two sources of power can deliver 305 horses. For the next season, this vehicle will improve its fuel economy. Lighter body and less weight will raise the mileage to 31 or 32 mpg in city ride. On highways, the 2019 Highlander Hybrid will be able to return 28 mpg.
2019 Toyota Highlander Changes
The 2019 Toyota Highlander is going to be available in six trim levels. Also, a hybrid version will get four more, which carry the same equipment as the petrol siblings. The entry model for both versions is LE. Before XLE, petrol version will offer LE Plus, which is not available for standard offer. Another trim level hybrid is not getting is SE. Top of the line models are Limited and Platinum.
2019 Toyota Highlander Prices
The top trim, with a hybrid engine and the most equipment in the crossover, will cost $50,000. Petrol version of Platinum trim level costs $3,000 less. On the other hand, the entry-level SUV costs $31,500. The most affordable hybrid starts at $37,000.
The 2019 Toyota Highlander will be available in the last quarter of this year. Without big changes, bosses will focus more on the debut of the hybrid. The new Highlander could bring more color options later in 2019, as well as some surprises with trim levels.