Toyota Highlander is the only three-row mid-size SUV with a hybrid engine. But, it is not going to last for too long. So, the new edition must be stronger and more efficient. From the sources, we can hear that the company is working on the upgrades for this powertrain. Can we see them already for 2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid? Surely. The Japanese company is an automotive giant and it will respond quickly to any challenge from other carmakers.
Highlander is one of the most popular SUVs in the mid-size segment. Its versatility is finding the way to the hearts of the buyers. After the revisit, the 2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid will offer more miles and ponies. Currently, it sits at 306 hp total from a system that combines a petrol engine and the electric battery. The next SUV will keep the conventional gasoline drivetrain, but the electric unit will get a boost to improve these numbers.
2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Specs
So, under the hood of the 2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid remains a 3.5-liter V6 engine. The same unit will serve as the base for the Sienna minivan hybrid when it enters the market. The gasoline mill is able to burst 295 hp and 265 lb-ft of torque. An eight-speed transmission is a power router both for the base and hybrid SUV. The other one gets support by 60-volt electric motors that add 11 hp to the base, petrol outputs. Nevertheless, the new 2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid will get a new set of batteries that will increase these numbers. We can’t get exact information from our sources. Some leaking information is saying up to 350 hp could be expected from the next hybrid edition of the Highlander.
The base setup for the conventional SUV includes a front-wheel drive. This system, in combination with a V6 engine, returns 20 mpg in city and 27 mpg on the open road. When the electric motor is attached, the fuel economy jumps to 30/28 mpg for urban/highway conditions. More efficient 2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid will improve the gas mileage even further. If the company succeeds, the SUV could be more efficient than many other smaller models. Some say that Toyota aims 35 mpg combined.
Besides the 2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid, the biggest novelty for the next season could be the plug-in hybrid version. Well, there is no proof of the existence, but the PHEV is a logical step in the evolution. The entire industry is going towards the electrification, and before the Highlander becomes the EV, we will definitely see the plug-in version of the SUV.
2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Price, Options
The 2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid will be available in few trim levels. The base configuration includes the base LE package. Compared to the conventional drivetrain, hybrid version adds almost $6,000. The starting cost of the base model is $38,000. Buyers can also opt for an XLE trim, or even higher version – Limited. It will add a blind-spot monitor, rear parking sensors, and infotainment system with JBL audio, navigation, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. Limited Platinum is the most expensive model that reaches $50,000. Bird’s Eye camera, heated rear seats and ventilated front buckets are interior upgrades, while outside the SUV uses larger wheels.