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Toyota Says the Grand Highlander will Have a Third Row fit for Adults

According to Toyota, the Grand Highlander will be the "Ultimate road-trip vehicle".

  • The Grand Highlander will be a stretched version of the mid-size SUV.

  • Toyota will unveil this model at the Chicago Auto Show on February 8th.

  • According to the company, adults will have enough legroom to fit in the third row.

Toyota teased the upcoming 2024 Grand Highlander last December and it did it a second time today, this time focussing on the third-row room of this larger SUV.

Judging by its name and a few clues, this new model should be a stretched version of the mid-size Highlander which will receive a revised rear-end treatment.

In the first image that was published in December, the Grand Highlander appears to feature new taillamps that are inspired by the Sequoia, under which the new model will be positioned in the Toyota lineup.

Inside, the main change with the current Highlander will likely be the space in the third row and the cargo compartment, since Toyota says adults will be able to sit comfortably in the rear.

Indeed, the automaker wants to make the Grand Highlander a favourite for family road trips by giving it enough space to accommodate up to 8 passengers (the same as the current Highlander) and up to seven pieces of luggage at the same time.

In the image that accompanies this latest teaser, an adult can be seen seated in the third-row seat with ample legroom to stretch out.

Of course, the middle seat in front looks to have been pushed quite far forward, but there still seems to be enough room to make it possible to seat adults in all three rows at the same time, which is usually difficult in mid-size SUVs.

Specifications or equipment are not known at the moment, but the Grand Highlander is expected to share its platform and mechanicals with the regular Highlander, which means it should be powered by a 2,4L turbocharged four-cylinder engine and it could offer a hybrid powertrain.

More details will be known about this upcoming 2024 model a week from now when Toyota will unveil it to the public on the eve of the Chicago Auto Show.

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