2017 Toyota Highlander puts on a new face for New York

Toyota has used the New York Auto Show to introduce the facelifted 2017 Highlander.

Described as "significantly enhanced," the crossover has a new front fascia with a massive grille that is flanked by restyled headlights and vertical air intakes.  The changes are less noticeable at the rear but designers added new taillights and additional chrome trim on Limited and Limited Platinum variants.  Last but not least, the 2017 Highlander has an extended color palette that includes Celestial Silver Metallic, Toasted Walnut Pearl, and Salsa Red Pearl.

Interior changes are limited but include the addition of four new USB charging ports and newly available brown leather upholstery on the range-topping Highlander Limited Platinum.

Buyers looking for something sportier can opt for the new Highlander SE which has smoked headlights, a dark grille, and 19-inch aluminum wheels.  The model also boasts a sport-tuned suspension and black leather seats with silver contrast stitching.

Engine options carryover but there's a new 3.5-liter V6 which has direct injection and an engine start/stop system.  Toyota declined to mention performance specifications but noted the engine will be connected to a new eight-speed automatic transmission.

The 2017 Toyota Highlander will go on sale this fall but there's no word on pricing.


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