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What is the Toyota Grand Highlander?

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We know a larger three-row Toyota SUV is coming, and it will be called the Grand Highlander. But beyond that we don’t have too many concrete details. Here’s what we (think we) know.

What is it?

According to Automotive News, it will be a stretched version of the Highlander, and the upcoming Lexus TX will be based on it. It is slated to be a unibody three-row SUV, and it will be built alongside the regular Highlander in in Princeton, Indiana. It’s important to note, this will differ from the three-row Sequoia, as that full-size SUV is body-on-frame.

It will (thankfully) get a more spacious third row, advanced technology and more up-level materials. Where the Highlander is a midsize SUV, the Grand Highlander will be in the full-size category.

When is it coming?

According to the Automotive News future pipeline timeline the Toyota Grand Highlander is expected to be new in 2023. We’re not sure if that means it will be a 2023 model or it will be revealed in 2023 as a 2024 model. There is also no indication when it will appear in 2023.

What can we expect?

Since this is a stretched version of the regular Highlander, we expect it to have a similar exterior design and the same powertrains. The 2023 Highlander has a 265-horsepower, 2.4-liter, 4-cylinder engine as well as a 2.5-liter, 4-cylinder, two-electric motor hybrid system that delivers 243 horsepower.

We can also expect the latest greatest tech, including wireless charging, the new Toyota infotainment system, a 12.3-inch infotainment system, a digital display and a hands-free power liftgate.

The bottom line on the Toyota Grand Highlander

Because the Toyota Grand Highlander hasn’t been officially announced, much of this article is an educated guess. If it’s to be a 2023 model, we’ll see more details before the end of 2022 – perhaps at the LA Auto Show in November. Otherwise, expect the Grand Highlander to be a 2024 model.

We’ll share more as we know it.

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Jill Ciminillo

Jill Ciminillo is the Managing Editor for Pickup Truck + SUV Talk as well as a Chicago-based automotive writer, YouTube personality and podcast host, with her articles and videos appearing in outlets throughout the U.S. Additionally, she co-hosts a weekly radio show on car stuff for a local Chicago station. Previously, Jill has been the automotive editor for both newspaper and broadcast media conglomerates. She is also a past president for the Midwest Automotive Media Association and has the distinction of being the first female president for that organization. Jill is also currently a juror for the North American Car, Utility and Truck of the Year (NACTOY).

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