NEXT STAGE: Reengineering in 2022
Toyota Motor Corp. will change the engine on its three-row Highlander crossover for the 2023 model year from a naturally aspirated 3.5-liter V-6 to a turbocharged inline-four to improve its emissions.
The engine change will not impact the Highlander's current EPA-estimated 25 mpg combined for gasoline models and 36 mpg combined for hybrid versions, Toyota says, but will result in an estimated 50 percent reduction in nitrogen oxides emissions and improved carbon dioxide emissions.
The new turbocharged 2.4-liter inline-four is rated at 265 hp and 310 pound-feet of torque, compared to the outgoing V-6's rating of 295 hp and 263 pound-feet of torque. Stop-start now comes standard.
The automaker also said it will offer an optional 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster as part of the vehicle's planned reengineering.
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