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Toyota Grand Highlander teases new Hybrid Max powertrain

The new one Toyota Grand Highlander — a longer version of our Kluger — is due early next year and it will come with new styling and possibly a turbocharged hybrid option.

Toyota says the Grand Highlander will be unveiled on February 8, 2023 at the Chicago auto show and describes the car as “all-new”.

While we can argue usage from all, given that the car will use the same TNGA-K architecture, it looks like there will be a significant difference between the longer Grand Highlander and more spacious with the current Highlander built. in the US and sold in Australia as Kluger.

It is unknown if the Grand Highlander will make it to the galleries in Down Under.

In the teaser image released overnight, we can see the rear of the Grand Highlander, which uses a different tailgate design, which is more square and has more pronounced creases than the regular Highlander/Kluger.

Instead of the round and organic shapes of the Kluger, the Grand Highlander has a rectangular rear glass panel and the taillights seem to share more in common with the RAV4 than Highlander.

This seems to suggest that the Grand Highlander will have more styling differences from its smaller sibling, or the shorter Highlander/Kluger due to a significant facelift or early rebirth.

Another interesting thing to note from the trailer is the Hybrid Max badge on the Grand Highlander’s butt.

Toyota hasn’t said anything about the Grand Highlander’s powertrain offerings, but the badge says the full-size crossover will be available with the same high-performance 2.4-liter turbocharged hybrid system available in the final trim. crossover of the Crown sedan.

The Crown Hybrid Max setup eschews the company’s usual e-CVT system in favor of a six-speed automatic transmission. A six-speed gearbox is hooked up to a 2.4-liter turbocharged engine and drives the front wheels, while an electric motor is located on the rear axle.

In total, the Crown Hybrid Max has a total power output of 254kW and 542Nm. A more powerful 273kW version of this powertrain is fitted to the latest version Lexus RX500h.

A report earlier this year suggested there would be a Lexus version of the Grand Highlander, called TX.

THAN: Everything Toyota Kluger


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