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2021 Toyota Highlander: Redesign Info & Release Date

, Senior Pricing Analyst - January 31, 2019
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Redesign Info

The next full redesign of the Toyota Highlander is likely coming for 2021. However, no official specs or details have been released.

The current model was introduced for 2014 and has undergone several updates. A more aggressive front end and standard auto emergency braking have helped keep the three-row SUV a top seller. For 2021, expect the Highlander to move to the automaker's TNGA platform like the redesigned Camry and Avalon.

Speaking with WardsAuto, Toyota engineer Yoshikazu Saeki suggests that the Highlander could take the form of a big RAV4. This appears to line up with spy photos depicting the next Highlander undergoing testing and featuring a boxy profile reminiscent of the RAV4. But will there be enough differentiation between the two models? That remains to be seen.

Under the hood, expect to continue to see both a gas & hybrid option. In terms of price, Toyota has spent the past year or so adjusting prices for its hybrids, bringing them lower and closer in line with gas models. Although competitors have shifted to turbos, Toyota has held off on making any major changes, at least when it comes to other important models.

At the moment, it remains to be seen whether or not the next Highlander will gain Toyota Safety Sense 2.0, an updated system that debuted in the Corolla Hatchback that adds detection of traffic signs and cyclists plus a lane-tracing feature that works with the vehicle's adaptive cruise control system. Not all models have been getting the system at the same time.

Release information is not yet available. However, production schedules show the 2020 Highlander is due to go on sale sometime in January 2020. If that ends up being the case, we could be looking at a release date for the next-gen Highlander in late 2020 or early 2021.

Stay tuned for updates.

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Pictured: 2018 Highlander

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