Toyota introduced the sports version of the Highlander 2021 crossover

Toyota introduced the sports version of the Highlander 2021 crossover

February 6, 2020 0 By autotimesnews

As part of the Chicago auto show, the Japanese brand introduced a new “sporty” package for its mid-size crossover. The new 2021 model year goes on sale this fall, prices are still unknown.

The official presentation of the new Toyota Highlander was held at the Chicago Motor Show (USA). Among the various special editions of the Tacoma and Tundra pickups, as well as the 4Runner SUV, the “sporty” version of the mid-size Highlander crossover stands out spectacularly. The most interesting thing is that this is not just a special edition of the model, it is a new equipment that will be available for purchase starting this fall. She got the name XSE.

 There are some obvious changes in appearance compared to the standard Highlander crossover.

The updated exterior is characterized by many black elements – in particular, headlamp trim, roof rails, side mirror housings, window moldings, as well as a false radiator grille and a front bumper air intake grille. All these exterior details will be exclusive to the new XSE, with the entire front panel of the car receiving a larger lower bumper with a huge grille. It is worth noting the other design of the headlights, as well as two chrome exhaust pipes, which are located at the rear. Of course, not a single “sporty” version can do without exclusive rims on the outside and carbon trim on the inside. Of the interior innovations, it is worth noting the red-black finish.

The 3.5-liter V6 still develops 295 horsepower, but still there were some mechanical improvements. Toyota engineers have slightly strengthened the suspension to improve the handling of the car. Electric power steering is also calibrated to give a sporty ride. XSE can be equipped with either front-wheel or all-wheel drive, the latter being able to transfer 50 percent of its power to the rear wheels.

 Toyota does not mention the price of the new XSE trim, but company representatives say it will be on the Highlander crossover price lists between the XLE and Limited versions. New equipment will go on sale in the fall of 2021 model year.