Toyota to debut Highlander, Prius ‘marvel’ in Big Apple

Michael Wayland
The Detroit News

Toyota Motor Corp. will open up the New York International Auto Show next week with the “next mechanical marvel” in its Prius lineup.

The refreshed 2017 Toyota Highlander is scheduled to make its debut next week at the New York International Auto Show.

The automaker announced the unveiling Tuesday with a teaser image of what appears to be the back of the car with its lights illuminated. The lights wrap around from both taillights along the trunk line, which gives the car a more sporty appearance than the all-new 2016 Prius.

“The city that never sleeps is about to get a wake-up call,” the company said in a release, which gave no other information besides the live stream for the car at livestream.com/Toyota/NY2016.

A Toyota spokesman declined to provide any additional information about the car.

The Prius model will debut alongside a refreshed Highlander mid-size sport utility vehicle, of which Toyota released details and photos Sunday.

Toyota on Tuesday released a teaser image of the “next mechanical marvel in the Prius lineup” ahead of its debut next week at the New York International Auto Show.

The third-generation Highlander offers seating for up to eight. For the 2017 model year, the SUV will have a choice of three powertrains and six model grades, including a new sporty SE model.

Aside from a new trim and refreshed exterior, including a new upper and lower front grille design for all trim levels, Toyota says the 2017 Highlander gas models will be available with an enhanced performance thanks to a new automatic eight-speed transmission with a new 3.5-liter V-6 direct injection engine.

The Highlander Hybrid adds two new grades (LE and XLE) to its existing lineup of Limited and Platinum models for a total of four. All Highlander Hybrid models will continue to be all-wheel drive (AWD).

The 2017 Highlander and Highlander Hybrid will begin arriving at showrooms in the fall of 2016. The vehicles are produced at Toyota’s plant in Princeton, Indiana, which employs 5,300.

The New York auto show’s press days — featuring dozens of vehicle debuts — are March 23 and 24. The show is open to the public from March 25 through April 3.

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