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NewsThe 2024 Toyota Grand Highlander has Now Entered Production

The 2024 Toyota Grand Highlander has Now Entered Production

Toyota launched production of the Grand Highlander in Indiana two days ago.

  • This new three-row SUV will start at $50,490 in Canada.

  • Three powertrains are offered, including two hybrid options.

  • Deliveries are expected to begin by the end of summer.

Toyota has now begun producing the new Grand Highlander at its Princeton, Indiana plant and the first Canadian buyers should receive their SUV by the end of this summer.

Unlike many competing automakers, Toyota has shown it is willing to move quickly once it unveils a new model since many of its recent product launches have been followed shortly by the start of production and the first deliveries.

Indeed, if the company’s predictions hold true, the Grand Highlander will reach its first customers only a little over six months after it was first shown to the public in February.

As its name suggests, this new model is closely related to the current Highlander, despite it looking more like a bigger brother to the RAV4.

Apart from styling matters, the main difference between the Grand Highlander and the “regular” one is found in the third row, since the added length of the new SUV has been used to improve the rear-most seats in order to make it possible to comfortably fit adults back there.

Under the hood, three powertrains will be offered, starting with the same 2,4L turbocharged engine that can be found in the Highlander, generating an output of 265 horsepower.

Also available is a 2.5L conventional hybrid system that delivers 243 horsepower and an improvement in fuel efficiency.

At the top of the lineup is the new Hybrid MAX powertrain that benefits from 362 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque, making the Grand Highlander the most powerful mid-size SUV ever offered by Toyota.

2024 Toyota Grand Highlander Platinum
2024 Toyota Grand Highlander Platinum

The first two powertrains will be offered in both the XLE and Limited trim levels, with a base price of $50,490 for the gasoline engine and $53,790 for the hybrid.

The XLE versions will come standard with 18-inch alloy wheels, a black-painted grille, SofTex upholstery, power driver and passenger seats, an 8-passenger seating configuration, a heated steering wheel, sunshades in the second row, the Toyota Multimedia infotainment system with a 12.3-inch screen, a 7-inch display in the instrument cluster, and wireless device charging.

Stepping up to the Limited ($57,690 gas / $61,190 hybrid) adds features such as 20-inch alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights, power-folding mirrors, fog lamps, a panoramic moonroof, leather upholstery, a 7-passenger configuration, ventilated front seats, heated second-row seats, ambient lighting, memory settings for the driver’s seat, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, an 11-speaker JBL sound system, rain-sensing wipers, a 360-degree camera, and parking sensors front and rear, among others.

2024 Toyota Grand Highlander

The top-of-the-line Platinum ($65,450) is only available with the Hybrid MAX powertrain and it includes items such as ventilated second-row seats, paddle shifters, multi-terrain select for the AWD system, a head-up display, a digital rear-view mirror, and Traffic Jam Assist.

Every 2024 Toyota Grand Highlander also comes standard with the Toyota Safety Sense 3.0 suite of active safety features that includes adaptive cruise control, lane tracing assist, and forward collision mitigation.

While the Grand Highlander is currently alone on its production line, it should soon be joined by the more luxurious Lexus TX, which will share the same platform.

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