Toyota will introduce a new SUV called the Grand Highlander in 2023. Although the Japanese automaker hasn't released Grand Highlander photos or specs just yet, we do have an initial teaser image of what the rear of the vehicle looks like. Industry publication Automotive News claims that the vehicle will be a larger variant of the 3-row Highlander SUV. They've also captured spy shots of the vehicle testing in Michigan.
Toyota says it will unveil the Grand Highlander at the Chicago Auto Show in February 2023. We don't yet know if it will be a 2023-model-year vehicle or a 2024 Toyota model. The crossover could slot somewhere between the Highlander and Sequoia to compete with newer three-row competitors like the Jeep Grand Cherokee L. Toyota promises that the Grand Highlander will be "the ultimate road-trip vehicle."
Internet spy shots show the Grand Highlander having a taller roofline in the third row and being longer than the original Highlander. This not only will make Toyota a player in a growing segment but may give passengers more room in the third row. Reports indicate that the new SUV will have optional seating for up to eight and feature a host of new technology like a semi-autonomous driving system, a remote parking system, and a digital key.
Will the Grand Highlander be a mainstream version of the Lexus RX L? The current Toyota Highlander generation started in 2020 and remains a compelling choice both as a regular gas SUV and the Highlander Hybrid. Toyota doesn't offer a Highlander plug-in hybrid or Highlander EV, though the brand does plan to significantly electrify its lineup in the coming years. It remains unclear if the Grand Highlander will be a hybrid SUV or not.
Down the line, Lexus is said to be working on a more premium version of the Grand Highlander called the Lexus TX. Reports suggest it's set to debut around six months after the Grand Highlander. The TX will likely offer more third-row passenger space than the RX L.
The upsized version of the large SUV is set to go on sale in 2023 and will be built in the U.S. at Toyota's Princeton, Indiana plant.
Stay tuned for potential updates.
Pictured: Toyota Grand Highlander