Thursday, 23 January 2014

2014 Toyota Highlander Hybrid unveiled - Al Ain Japan

Toyota has announced the 2014 Highlander will be priced from $29,215 when it goes on sale in the United States in February.

 2014 Toyota Highlander Hybrid unveiled, returns 28 mpg city

The entry-level model comes sparsely equipped but features an eight seat interior, a backup camera, an Entune audio system and 18-inch alloy wheels.

The LE Plus adds an eight-way power driver seat, an upgraded audio system, a tri-zone automatic climate control system and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. The model also has fog lights and a power liftgate.

Moving up to the XLE rewards owners with heated leather front seats, a moonroof and a premium audio system with GPS navigation and an 8-inch display.

Inside, the cabin comes nicely equipped with perforated leather seats, second row captain's chairs and a third row bench that can accommodate up three passengers. The model is also has wood grain trim, a JBL audio system, an En-tune infotainment system and a 4.2-inch Multi-Information Display that has an energy monitor

The range-topping Limited boasts perforated leather seats, heated / cooled front seats and a variety of safety systems. The model also has LED daytime running lights and 19-inch alloy wheels.

Depending on which model is selected, options include a heated steering wheel, second row captain chairs, ambient interior lighting and a Blu-ray entertainment system. The crossover can also be equipped with automatic high beam headlights, a dynamic radar cruise control system and a Smart Key system.

Under the hood, three different engines are available including:
  • A 2.7-liter four-cylinder with 185 bhp (138 kW)
  • A 3.5-liter V6 with 270 bhp (201 kW) and 248 lb-ft (335 Nm) of torque
  • A hybridized 3.5-liter V6 with a combined maximum output of 280 bhp (209 kW)
 Motivation is provided by a Hybrid Synergy Drive system that consists of a 3.5-liter V6 engine and an electric motor-generator. It is connected to an electronically controlled continuously variable transmission and an electronic on-demand all-wheel drive system. This setup enables the crossover to produce a combined maximum output of 280 bhp (209 kW) and return an EPA-estimated 28 mpg city / 28 mpg highway / 28 mpg combined (US).
Source: Al Ain Japan