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Toyota Highlander has undergone overseas upgrades, got a turbo and new display


The best-selling overseas SUV in its segment has undergone a slight improvement by 2023.

Toyota Highlander, although also sold in our market, is a model designed primarily for the United States, where it is manufactured and where it also celebrates its greatest sales success. After all, for the last six years in a row, it has been the best selling medium SUV on the American market.

For the 2023 model year, Toyota has prepared a small upgrade for its customers, which, among other things, has brought a new engine. The old 3.6-liter V6 engine now replaces the 2.4-liter turbo four-cylinder that lost 22 kW (30 hp) to 198 kW (269 hp), but the torque of 418 Nm is 62 Nm higher.

The combined consumption of the supercharged engine should remain at about the same level, i.e. around 9.8 l / 100 km, but according to the car, the new engine is significantly more environmentally friendly. NO broadcastx should fall by up to 50% and CO emissions should also be greatly reduced2.

An overseas alternative is a 2.5-liter hybrid four-cylinder, combined with a pair of electric motors, that we know from European offerings. However, we would rather not expect much to come with the arrival of a new supercharged engine on the old continent, despite its lower emissions.

However, we could at least wait for technological improvements in the cabin. In the Limited and Platinum overseas versions, Highlander now receives a 12.3-inch digital instrument panel, which replaces the analog alarm clock with a 7-inch screen. In addition, the car mentions the possibility of its individualization with different displays in casual, smart, challenging and sporty modes.

In addition, higher versions of the model should also receive a new infotainment with a 12.3-inch screen, which should be available at an additional price for lower versions of the model, equipped with an 8 “screen as standard. Basic model they then replaced the 4.2-inch screen with a larger 7 “screen.

All new Toyota Highlanders for model year 2023 should (at least overseas) receive new Toyota Audio Multimedia system introduced with the Toyota Tundra for year 2022. It will offer cloud navigation, wireless update, voice control support “Hey Toyota” or without in Apple CarPlay. and Android Auto connection.

It is also worth mentioning the phone’s wireless charger in a small shelf under the infotainment display, where the phone will be most accessible. With the modernization, there were also other changes in the equipment (for the American market), the expansion of the offer with Cypress Lacquer, the modernization of the interior upholstery in shades of Harvest Beige and Glazed Caramel, and new 20 “wheels with a black design can move in the wheel arches.

The European representation of the car has not yet mentioned the modernization of the Highlander model, but it can be expected that some elements of the modernized American model will also appear on the ancient continent over time. However, we’ll have to wait for more information.

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