2024 Toyota Grand Highlander Debuts: Three Rows, Three Engines, Up To 362 HP
When the Toyota Highlander with its three-row seating isn’t quite big enough but the Sequoia is just too much, there’s now a third option to quench the thirst of SUV shoppers. The 2024 Toyota Grand Highlander is here, slotting between the aforemented machines to woo families with luxury, space, and power.
We’ll start with power, but be warned. While the Grand Highlander has debuted for the 2023 Chicago Auto Show, Toyota isn’t ready to share all the details on what’s under the hood. We can tell you there are three engine options, starting with a turbocharged 2.4-liter four-cylinder without any electrification. The company’s 2.5-liter hybrid four-pot is also available, and at the top of the pyramid is the Hybrid Max, delivering 362 horsepower to all four wheels through a standard-issue all-wheel-drive system.
Gallery: 2024 Toyota Grand Highlander
Presumably, the Hybrid Max for the Grand Highlander is Toyota’s 2.4 turbo married with electric motors, similar to what’s offered in the Toyota Crown. That’s among the information not available yet, along with power ratings for the other systems. If you go with top engine, you’ll get a sizable SUV that can reach 60 mph in 6.3 seconds and tow 5,000 pounds. Or if you just need something with legroom and a lower price tag, front-wheel drive is available with the other two engines.
The Grand Highlander rides on Toyota’s TNGA-K platform, but it isn’t a super-sized Highlander. Aside from having the available (and thus far, mysterious) Hybrid Max powertrain, the Grand Highlander features distinctive styling with its hammerhead grille and smooth doors largely devoid of body lines. There’s virtually no slope to the roof, giving the SUV a larger presence in profile. Three trim levels – XLE, Limited, and Platinum offer various trim differences and wheel options to differentiate the grades. SUVs equipped with the Hybrid Max powertrain get exclusive lower fascias and dual exhaust.
Moving inside, we get to the luxury portion of this presentation. Regardless of the trim level, Grand Highlander buyers get “adult-sized” third-row seating with enough room behind for several suitcases. Toyota doesn’t quantify the rearmost cargo space in cubic feet, but with seats folded, the automaker does offer an estimate of around 98 cubic feet. At the front is a standard-issue 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system. Power heated seats are offered in the entry-level XLE trim, along with six USB chargers, a wireless charger, and the Toyota Safety Sense 3.0 suite of driver assist and safety systems.
This is a breaking story. More information will be added as it becomes available.
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