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First Glimpse of the 2011 Toyota Highlander

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On: Tue, Aug 17, 2010 at 9:29AM | By: Sherry Christiansen

First Glimpse of the 2011 Toyota Highlander

If you are interested in getting a preview of the 2011 Toyota Highlander SUV, keep an eye opened for this year’s Moscow Motor Show scheduled on the 30th of August. Toyota will unveil, for the Russian and Ukrainian markets, a Euro-spec version of the Toyota Highlander, which could hold a great deal of similarity to the redesigned model soon to be launched in the U.S.

The 2011 seven-passenger Toyota Highlander gets styling revisions as well as some equipment rearrangement.  It’s part of a mid-cycle upgrade for a vehicle last fully redesigned in model-year 2008. The 2011 Highlander’s basic form doesn’t change. This Toyota Highlander has three versatile seating rows; it is the only electric hybrid, seven-seat crossover for sale in the U.S.

The 2011 Highlander model targeted for the Eastern European markets is updated with a dynamic redesigned front fascia with sharper looking triangular headlights and fog lights that are set into a contrasting section of the bumper. The lower section of the bumper is completely redesigned, which offers a more sophisticated look that, at the same time, gives the crossover a more rugged appearance.

Toyota has not released any official specs for the Highlander SUV, but unidentified sources claim that the vehicle will come with a 3.5 liter V6 engine delivering 273 hp. The unit will be mated to a five-speed automatic transmission.  The North American market may see a 2.7 liter four-cylinder product. The 2011 Toyota Highlander is also expected to receive a hybrid version, in keeping with the trend of providing more fuel efficient vehicles in the U.S. market.

The 2011 Highlander will have the basic styling and features that will be carried over to its next full redesign in model-year 2014. The 2012 Highlander is not scheduled for any significant changes and will likely will be subject to normal year-over-year price increases, so if you like the 2011 re-designed model, now is the time to buy.

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