Completely new model of Toyota Highlander was delivered for 2014th year while we do expect that the 2015 Toyota Highlander remains almost same except it will be offered with a hybrid version also. We are pretty sure in this since we were able to see it testing.
There are spy photos of hybrid that is identical to the 2014th model only comes with little camouflage where we expect to see hybrid badge. Because of this we will delivered images of 2014th model that will be same with new hybrid model. As soon as we get additional details about hybrid version also we will offer that right here.
Redesigned Toyota Highlander
It is obvious that the new generation comes with more space and design that improves many things. We are getting much more aggressive lines and new front end. While we were able to see images of 2015 Toyota Highlander we are still waiting to see official details about powertrains that will also include hybrid model. As the launch date approaches more details are offered either through official channels or through rumors and various reports.
When this car was launched at the New York Auto Show held in April of 2013th we could hear from the representatives that it will be offered with the same engine lineup as the car that it replaces. This means that the 2.7 liter inline four cylinder will come while those that want more power will have to opt for the 3.5 liter V6 unit. When it comes to hybrid model it should come with combination of 3.5 liter V6 unit and electric motor allowing this car to be either two or four wheel drive. Power will remain on the same level like it was the case with previous year model because this is mostly a carryover and larger changes will be offered in the next few years.
To further improve fuel economy accross the entire range we will have new transmission. Instead the old five speed automatic it will come with six speed auto. Currently available hybrid is offered in only AWD version and it will be interesting to see if Japanese car maker will offer 2WD hybrid but we think that there are no reasons for this change. A lot of attention will be dedicated to fuel consumption in the next few years since this is the number one segment when it comes to choosing a new vehicle for the U.S. buyers.
The 2013 hybrid version delivers pretty good 280 hp while the fuel economy is tested and set to 28 mpg in combined drive cycle which is really great looking at the size of this car. For the new Highlander we still do not have any details about power and fuel economy but we do expect to see slight improvements.With little bit more optimization to engine management system and transmission this vehicle, without changes to power output, could offer 5 to 10 percent better fuel economy.
2015 Toyota Highlander Release Date
What we could hear and see is that the 2015 Toyota Highlander hybrid model is currently tested in high altitude environment and with minimal amount of camouflage which means that it will be soon ready for the launch. On spy photos only things that are hidden are the hybrid badges.
When the 2015 Toyota Highlander comes to the market we are sure it will be again popular like it was the case with few previous versions. Also, we can agree that the hybrid version could be the one that will attract more potential buyers to the brand and further improve the position of Highlander on this competitive market.