Toyota released the wholly redesigned Highlander 3-row crossover past year, but in contrast to many of Toyota’s latest redesigned versions, it lacked a “sporty” XSE trim degree. That is going to be set with the 2021 Toyota Highlander XSE building its debut at this year’s Chicago Auto Present.
Proper absent, the XSE seems significantly various from the common Highlander styles. It has an upswept higher grille, alternatively of the frowning a single on other Highlanders, and it is really matched with an extra vast decreased grille very similar to what you can expect to obtain on some Camrys and Avalons. Finishing the glance are a entrance splitter, decrease facet skirts and restyled rear bumper with chrome exhaust guidelines.
There are some mechanical updates beneath the flashy overall body. It has stiffer springs all all around with matching shock absorbers. The rear anti-roll bar is also stiffer, and the steering tuning has been reworked to come to feel sporty, so it most likely feels heavier than the standard product. The engine and transmission are unchanged, nevertheless, with the 3.5-liter V6 even now generating 295 horsepower and 263 pound-feet of torque and the transmission however packing eight cogs. The XSE can be experienced with possibly entrance-wheel travel or a torque-vectoring all-wheel generate, the latter of which is shared only with the Restricted and Platinum trims. The all-wheel generate process can mail up to 50% of torque to the rear, and the rearward propulsion can be shifted the remaining or suitable.
The interior will get some interest, also, with carbon fiber-fashion trim on the dashboard. The normal upholstery is simple black leatherette with black fabric inserts. Optional is a vivid pink leather-based style and design. Toyota will also supply a 1,200-watt, 11-speaker audio procedure as a different choice.
The 2021 Toyota Highlander XSE goes on sale this fall. Pricing hasn’t been announced nevertheless, but will very likely occur later along with other 2021 design yr facts. Toyota did say it will be positioned involving the XLE and Minimal, so it need to charge somewhere amongst $40,000 and $45,000.