Toyota recently trademarked a new nameplate, called Grand Highlander. We are pretty sure it will be used for the company’s new SUV and even though the officials are still quiet, most reports suggest that this will be a stretched version of the standard Highlander, which is one of the most popular mid-size crossovers on the market. It has been completely redesigned for the 2020 model year, so we have no doubt that the new model would have a lot of things in common. Although it is still early for estimations, rumors say it could come already as the 2022 Toyota Grand Highlander.
Considering what we expect to see from the new SUV, it’s pretty easy to predict the base approach. Practically, the overall layout will be pretty much the same as in the standard Highlander, just in a bigger package. We count on the same mechanics and same design language, but also on a longer wheelbase and more inches in the overall length. Naturally, this will provide much more space on the inside.
2022 Toyota Grand Highlander Design
As we’ve just mentioned, the base design of the 2022 Toyota Grand Highlander should be pretty much the same as in the standard Grand Highlander. In other words, the main difference will be in size. We count on a longer wheelbase compared to the standard model, which measures around 112.2 inches. Of course, we also count on more inches in total length, which will provide more space on the inside. We will get on that in a minute.
On the other hand, the mechanical aspect of the car will remain the same. You may count on the same version of a familiar TNGA platform, with the same suspension and chassis setup. Furthermore, we also count on the same styling. The front end should look pretty much the same as the standard model, while few differences are possible on the rear end, where we could see a slightly longer overhang.
While the standard Highlander definitely belongs to the mid-size segment, the fact is that most rivals offer more interior space. Therefore, the 2022 Toyota Grand Highlander will come to fill the gap between standard Highlander and full-size Sequoia and offer a more spacious version. We presume that the new version would feature a similar amount of interior space as models like Chevy Traverse, VW Atlas etc. The same thing goes for the cargo area.
On the other hand, we don’t expect that the dashboard will look any different than the standard Highlander. That’s definitely a good thing, considering that we are talking about a pretty nice design, which is full of quality materials and brings pretty attractive aesthetics. Of course, there is always room for a couple of unique details.
We presume that list of standard and available features, as well as the trim level organization, will be pretty much the same as in the standard model. Of course, a couple of tweaks are always possible, but we expect to see base 2022 Toyota Grand Highlander equipped with goodies like tri-zone climate control, an 8-inch touch screen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Amazon Alexa, five USB ports, Bluetooth, satellite radio, a six-speaker stereo, and a Wi-Fi hot spot. Among optional features, we expect to see goodies like a moonroof, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a universal garage door opener, a 7-inch digital instrument cluster display, ambient interior lighting, a household-style power outlet, 12.3-inch touch screen, wireless device charging, navigation, and an 11-speaker JBL premium stereo.
The same thing is with safety features. Base models should come standard with goodies like forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, automatic high-beam headlights, lane trace assist, traffic sign recognition, a rearview camera, and a rear-seat reminder.
2022 Toyota Grand Highlander Engines
Once again, we don’t expect to see surprises. Therefore, standard models will come with a familiar 3.5-liter V6. It puts out around 295 horsepower and 263 pound-feet of torque. It comes in pair with an 8-speed automatic transmission and the overall performance is pretty good. We don’t expect bigger differences in terms of acceleration and fuel economy. Speaking of the fuel economy, you may count on about 21 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway. That’s above-average for the class.
The hybrid version is also expected. We count on the same setup, which is based on a 2.5-liter four-cylinder, which puts out around 240 horsepower. The fuel economy goes around 36 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway, which is impressive for a mid-size SUV.
2022 Toyota Grand Highlander Release Date and Price
If we can trust rumors, the 2022 Toyota Grand Highlander could arrive already in the next year. On the other hand, the officials are still quiet. We presume that base versions will cost slightly under 40.000 dollars.