Toyota’s 2017 Highlander is heading to the New York auto show and we have all the details related to its powertrain options as well as safety features.
The brand has always been slow to adopt new technologies because they are interested in adding only those that the buyers might actually need.
It makes it easier for the automobile manufacturer to keep costs low for every model and making them a worthy investment in the long run. The 2017 Toyota Highlander is one such model which is late to receive some of the modern day features. After spending plenty of time in research and development, the company is finally implementing direct injected engine combined with an increased gear count, automatic transmission and easy stop/ start functionality at the touch of a button. A wide range of advanced safety features are incorporated to offer a comfortable environment for families and long distance commuters.
The 2017 Toyota Highlander is receiving a complete design revamp on a new platform. The car is offered in a SE model for sports car overs and there are some hybrid trimline variants as well to support an emission free environment. It is set for an official reveal at the New York auto expo. For the first time, the SUV is set to get the Safety Sense technology, a proprietary system developed by Toyota.
It is one of the most comprehensive safety features available which includes a host of add-ons including pre-collision warning, auto braking system, cruise control powered by radar, auto high beam headlamps, pre-collision protection for pedestrians, and lane departure warning when on a highway. The biggest change that Safety Sense brings to the table is the fact that it includes all the above said safety features and much more to the base model of the SUV. The cost of the car has been kept under the affordable range. Such an approach is made possible because of Toyota’s slow approach to adopting new technology at a time when it has been perfected and is available to everyone.
The 3.5-liter V6 engine used in the 2017 Toyota Highlander is expected to offer better horsepower, performance and fuel efficiency. The outgoing model offered 270 horsepower with 248 pound feet of torque. The brand confirmed that the 2017 edition will be much more powerful than its predecessor according to which we can assume that it will be somewhere near 300 hp .
The direct injected engine technology allowed the engineers to incorporate two additional gears. Pricing for the vehicle has not been officially announced as the company is looking forward to reveal the details at the New York auto show.