All-New 2014 Toyota Highlander SUV Makes World Debut At 2013 New York Auto Show

  All-New 2014 Toyota Highlander SUV Makes World Debut At 2013 New York Auto

- All-New Dynamic, Sleek Exterior Design

- Refined, Premium Interior with Advanced Technologies

- New Six-Speed Automatic with Sequential Shift on V6 Models

- Available Dynamic Torque Control All-Wheel Drive

- Available Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Cross Traffic Alert

PR Newswire

NEW YORK, March 27, 2013

NEW YORK, March 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --The all-new third-generation 2014
Toyota Highlander mid-size SUV made its world debut today at the 2013 New York
Auto Show. 

An all-new exterior design conveys both refinement and strength, complementing
a new interior that will raise the bar in the mid-size SUV segment. With
three-row seating for up to eight, an array of standard features, a host of
available in-cabin technologies, and increased cargo capacity, the new
Highlander will offer a nuanced balance of style, comfort and utility. The
total package is capped off with three powertrain choices: a fuel-efficient
four-cylinder engine a powerful V6 with a new six-speed transmission that will
produce excellent all-around capability, and a V6-powered Hybrid Synergy Drive
powertrain for enhanced mileage and fewer emissions.

Sophisticated, Dynamic Exterior is Sleek and Strong
Sophisticated and dynamic, the new Highlander features a progressive
silhouette, a lower roofline for improved aerodynamics, and sculptured
side-door panels. The exterior has grown in length by approximately three
inches while width is increased one-half inch, conveying a sleek and strong

From the front, Highlander's hood merges with a redesigned trapezoidal grille,
wraparound headlamps and deeply chiseled fenders for a more aggressive

The length of the profile, from the front fenders to the rear quarter panels,
boldly stands out with sculptured wheel wells at the corners, allowing for
prominently protruding wheels. The total package is capped off by a newly
designed rear lift-gate with one-touch power open/close and driver selectable
memory height settings, and taillights and bumper that exude style and

Highlander's body structure will include high-strength steel in the front
pillars for increased rigidity. Visibility has been improved through precise
repositioning of the front A-pillars, while the size of the rear quarter glass
has been increased to provide a wider view for driver and occupants.

Refinement is enhanced through improved noise, vibration and harshness (NVH)
measures. Interior noise reduction is achieved through a 30 percent expansion
of silencing insulation materials in the floor areas. Acoustic-type glass is
used for the windshield to help reduce noise entering the cabin, and even the
panoramic moonroof design works to help reduce wind noise, even when the
moonroof is open.

Vibration is minimized through expanded coverage of the dash silencer,
enhancements to body sealing, and the strategic placement of three hydraulic
engine mounts. Improvements in the exhaust layout have been made for
additional noise and vibration reduction.

Premium Interior Design with Advanced Functionality
Toyota engineers raised the bar on interior design for the mid-size SUV
segment by adding even more refinement and functionality to the new
Highlander.The 2014 model will offer a premium interior highlighted by
increased spaciousness for up to eight people, and an array of standard
comfort, convenience and technology features.

The new Highlander's interior utilizes premium materials to offer an upscale
experience, with most models featuring standard contrast seat stitching. All
Highlanders will come equipped with a soft-touch instrument panel; and
silver-painted, satin, and chrome-plated accents that are thoughtfully placed
throughout the interior. Wood-grain pattern trim can be found on the front
dash and door trim for an added touch of elegance. Premium fabrics, available
smooth and perforated leather-trim seats, leather wrapped steering wheel and
shift knob add to Highlander's redesigned upscale interior. The adoption of a
high quality knit roof lining and available second-row sunshades add to
Highlander's refinement and comfort.

A new roll-top center console box with a dampened sliding door provides a
comfortable armrest, or when fully opened is large enough to hold a large
handbag. All Highlanders will feature a newly designed in-meter-cluster
Multi-Information Display. Available ambient lighting around the front dash
and doors add to the refined environment.

The second row offers bench-seating for three passengers or two captain's
seats featuring a collapsible tray with cup holders for added convenience.
Getting into the third-row is made easier with the addition of a one-step
second-row sliding seat function that provides nearly three more inches of
space for easier entry and exit to the third-row. An overall interior width
increase of 4.3 inches in the third-row and a standard recline function
creates added comfort for up to three passengers. Like the second-row bench,
the third-row will be 40/60 split for added passenger and storage flexibility
and convenience. Rear cargo space behind the third-row has also increased by
up to 34 percent for added storage.

Additional available convenience features include an Automatic High Beam
System, Auto Cruise Control, Smart Key, driver's seat memory, heated and
ventilated front seats, heated second-row captain's seats, and a heated
steering wheel.

Improved Dynamic Performance, Handling, Efficiency
The new Highlander will be available in three powertrains. A 2.7-liter
four-cylinder engine is equipped with a variable intake manifold and dual
Variable-Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i), which controls phasing on
both the intake and exhaust camshafts to optimize torque and fuel efficiency.
The 2.7-liter engine is teamed with a six-speed electronically controlled
automatic transmission.

A 3.5-liter V6 is also equipped with dual VVT-i and a variable intake
manifold. Acceleration and fuel efficiency are improved thanks to a new
six-speed, electronically controlled automatic transmission (ECT) that offers
selectable manual sequential shifting.

The Highlander Hybrid model's Hybrid Synergy Drive system pairs the 3.5-liter
V6 gasoline engine with a high-torque electric drive motor-generator for
additional power and fuel efficiency.

The new Highlander will provide a more dynamic driving experience, with new
technologies that include Dynamic Torque Control All-Wheel Drive (AWD),
enhancements in suspension performance, and optimized electric power
steering. The spring rates and the shock absorbers have been optimally tuned
to help enhance the vehicles handling characteristics.

Highlander will have a MacPherson strut front suspension, double-wishbone rear
suspension, four-wheel disc brakes, 18-inch alloy wheels and available 19-inch

Highlander's Dynamic Torque Control AWD system automatically shifts from
front-wheel drive (FWD) to AWD when accelerating or when sensors detect wheel
slippage. The driver is able to view the torque-distribution settings on the
meter display.

The Dynamic Torque Control AWD system continuously monitors and controls the
torque transfer between the front and rear wheels via an electromagnetically
controlled coupling positioned in the rear differential.

Front to rear torque distribution can vary from 100:0 to 50:50, with
front-wheel drive (100:0) automatically engaged under normal driving
conditions to help improve fuel consumption.

The Dynamic Torque Control AWD system uses information sent from various
sensors (speed, steering angle and speed, throttle angle and yaw rate) to
automatically govern the transmission of torque to the rear wheels, as

A sophisticated, high-speed interactive management system coordinates control
of the Dynamic Torque Control AWD, Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) and
Electric Power Steering (EPS) systems to enhance Highlander's performance,
handling and safety.

Advanced In-Cabin, Multimedia Connectivity
All new Highlanders come equipped with Toyota's Entune™ multimedia system.
The Display Audio system with a 6.1-inch touchscreen with Bluetooth^® and
voice recognition is standard, while an eight-inch touchscreen system and
Toyota's Entune™ app suite with12 JBL speakers is also available.

The new Highlander will also offer an available Rear Seat Entertainment system
with an RCA coaxial input terminal at the rear of the center console to allow
external devices, such as gaming systems, to be connected.

Comprehensive Array of Safety & Convenience Features
All 2014 Highlander's will have eight standard airbags. Like every Toyota,
Highlander will feature the standard Star Safety System™, which includes
Enhanced Vehicle Stability Control, Traction Control, Electronic Brake-force
Distribution, Brake Assist, an Anti-lock Braking System, and Smart Stop
Technology. All Highlander's will also come equipped with a standard backup
camera and Hill-start Assist Control. All AWD models will have an AWD LOCK

New available safety and convenience features include rear parking sonar,
Blind Spot Monitor, Lane Departure Alert, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and a
Pre-collision System. 

All Highlanders are assembled at Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Indiana (TMMI) in
Princeton, Ind. The all-new Highlander will reach dealer showrooms in early

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2.7-liter four-cylinder engine with VVT-i
Transmission: Six-speed ECT-i
Drive System: Front-Wheel-Drive

3.5-liter V6 engine with VVT-i
Transmission: Six-speed ECT-i
Drive System: Front- and All-Wheel-Drive

Hybrid Synergy Drive with 3.5-liter V6 Engine and Electric Motor
Transmission: Electronically Controlled Continuously Variable Transmission
Drive System: All-Wheel-Drive

Overall Length:   191.1
Overall Width:    75.8
Overall Height:   68.1
Wheelbase:        109.8
Ground clearance: 8.0-inches
Wheels:           18-inch alloy wheels 
                  19-inch alloy wheels (Limited)
Tire Size:        18-inch: 245/60R18 (LE and XLE)
                  19-inch: 245/55R19 (Limited)
Towing Capacity:  5,000 lbs. (V6 only)
Seating Capacity: 7 or 8


SOURCE Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.

Contact: Toyota Product Communications, Greg Thome (310) 561-2875 or, Sam Butto (310) 468-7728 or
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