Toyota presents the 2017 Highlander with revamped powertrain

Toyota cars are real “highlanders”, as the main character from Christopher Lambert’s most famous movie. Corolla and Camry are around for decades (even if only their names persist). And Camry’s SUV pays a sort of homage to the sedan’s and their platform’s longevity. The 2017 Highlander, also built over the K platform, comes with the same 3.6 V6, but now with direct injection of petrol, as well as a new 8-speed transmission.

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It is a shame that Toyota does not detail the “new” engine. It restricts its description as a “more powerful” engine that provides “enhanced fuel efficiency” and that delivers “a more direct driving feel by expanding the lock up range”. Yes, you did not read that wrong. How powerful is the new engine? No word about it. How can an engine offer more direct driving feel? No engine expands the lock up range. A transmission does. How fuel-efficient is the new powertrain? Guess what Toyota said? Yes, nothing.

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It would be better if Toyota only mentioned the new car would change, but did not reveal the changes until the crossover is put for sale,  in the third quarter of the year. The Highlander is 4.85 m long, 1.93 m wide, 1.73 m tall and has a wheelbase of 2.79 m. It weighs 2,045 kg and also has a hybrid version. There are 4 model grades for the petrol only, including the “sporty” SE, and 2 for the hybrid. Come on, Toyota, you can do much better than this. What about providing full technical specifications of a product?

 

Gustavo Henrique Ruffo

I have been an automotive journalist since 1998 and have worked for many important Brazilian newspapers and magazines, such as the local edition of Car and Driver and Quatro Rodas, Brazilian's biggest car magazine. I have also worked for foreign websites, such as World Car Fans and won a few journalism prizes, among them three SAE Journalism Awards and the 2017 IAM RoadSmart Safety Award. I am the author of "The Traffic Cholesterol", a book about bad drivers that you can buy at Hotmart, Google Play, Amazon and Kobo.