Highlander is one of the best-selling vehicles in the family, but its new generation is not the priority at this moment. After the redesign for this season, the next cosmetic update will have to wait for a bit. Still, it doesn’t stop the Japanese carmaker from developing something else. The 2022 Toyota Highlander is finally fulfilling something we expected some while ago – the midsize SUV will arrive with the plug-in hybrid system.
Toyota stunned the market when it introduced a new hybrid unit for the redesigned Highlander. Now, engineers are ready to take another step towards the complete electrification. The 2022 Toyota Highlander PHEV will be even more efficient than the standard hybrid. The carmaker replaced a V6 with a four-pot engine, downgraded the power, but improved the fuel economy. Standard configuration will be the most efficient setup in the mid-size SUV segment for a while. We see no other rival beating 35 mpg a current Highlander can achieve.
PHEV Specs, Release Date, Price
All about the 2022 Toyota Highlander PHEV is still guessing. Fans expected to see it this year. The new hybrid brought more miles per gallon. But, we will see how the market is about to react to the power decrease. Still, there is a V6 petrol unit with nearly 300 hp.
The plug-in hybrid system is in development. The carmaker will test it in the next twelve months before they make any serious promise. On the other hand, this system could be in plans for the new generation of the vehicle, arriving after 2023. The price of the PHEV model won’t be under $40,000.
2022 Toyota Highlander – Other Expectations
For some while, fans are expecting to see the off-road TRD Pro model. Well, this time, the full-size Sequoia received such treatment. Minor changes inside the cabin will refresh the 2022 Toyota Highlander. A new infotainment system is arriving later next year and it can debut on the new midsize SUV.