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The new seven-seater Toyota Highlander

The new seven-seater Toyota Highlander

The new seven-seater Toyota Highlander

TOYOTA Ireland has this week launched the new Highlander, the first seven- seater self-charging hybrid electric SUV to Ireland.

Stylish and spacious, this sophisticated seven-seater SUV combines Toyota's hybrid leadership with its quality, durability and reliability and extensive experience in the SUV market.

The Highlander comes with intelligent all-wheel drive (AWD-i) and along with a comfortable ride, it delivers the power, efficiency and versatility to ensure it keeps pace with the most active lifestyles, and has a two-tonne towing capacity.

This gives customers a real option for those looking for a larger car with lower emissions and excellent fuel efficiency.

Design & Packaging

With its powerful stance and striking 20-inch alloy wheels, Highlander blends the sophisticated looks of an urban SUV with the rugged appeal of an off-road vehicle.

The Highlander's quiet, refined ride is enhanced by a truly premium cabin that boasts crafted trims, soft-touch materials and suite of equipment and connectivity as standard.

Interior highlights include ventilated front seats, 11-speaker JBL audio and a 8-inch multimedia touch-screen featuring navigation and smartphone integration via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

To help prevent or mitigate collisions, Highlander features the latest Toyota Safety Sense package alongside the reassurance of a head-up display and digital rear-view mirror (subject to grade selected).

Being an authentic seven-seater, Highlander provides spacious third-row accommodation and easy access for two adults in its versatile interior. Accessed by a kick-sensor operated power tailgate the 631-litre boot space (with third row folded down) and with additional underfloor storage may be dramatically expanded by the fully flat folding of both the third and second row seating, bringing the load capacity up to 838 litres.

Hybrid Powertrain

By incorporating the company's fourth-generation Hybrid Powertrain, the Highlander lets you enjoy all the benefits of a large SUV without compromising on efficiency and emissions.

Producing 244hp from its smooth 2.5-litre Hybrid Dynamic Force engine, the Highlander offers a fine balance of power and efficiency, with CO2 emissions and (claimed) fuel consumption from just 149 g/km and 6.6 l/100km respectively.

With the added control and safety of AWD-i as standard, as well as an agile, comfortable ride, the Highlander rewards and reassures from its seven seats.

The use of an acoustic windscreen and front glazing, and the adoption of roof, dash and floor silencers, and wheel arch and loadspace liners equip the Highlander with a notable quiet cabin environment, reinforcing the inherently smooth, quiet driving characteristics of the full hybrid Powertrain.

The Highlander's GA-K platform is complemented by a lightweight and high-rigidity body shell and with a low centre of gravity, providing the new SUV with nimble handling and comfortable motorway cruising characteristics.

Pricing starts from €63,995 or €507 per month. The Highlander will be in showrooms from January and customers can place orders now. With limited supply for Q1 customers are encouraged to speak to their local dealer to avoid disappointment.

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