The new model 2018 Toyota Land Cruiser Hybrid will retain the body on frame architecture, much like the regular fuel based model. The macho and rugged design style will be there. However, the upcoming model may get spruced up grille, wheels and headlamps.
The rugged SUV that defeats many contenders hands down in off-road performance and durability has survived the test of time with aplomb. It remains one of the top-selling SUVs till date. The company is giving the Highlander a hybrid version upgrade for 2018. It will also get styling and safety upgrades.
2018 Toyota Land Cruiser Hybrid – Design Changes
To enhance fuel economy, Toyota may make the exterior even more aerodynamic in nature and weight reduction may also be another highlight of the new model. It is not known if the hybrid version will have few trims or not.
The cabin of 2018 Toyota land Cruiser Hybrid is going to be spacious and comfortable. The seats are expected to be large and there will be 3 rows. The cargo space will be decent and there will be enough small item storage options. Despite the off-road centric nature, the cabin will be replete with lavish materials and Toyota is likely to use sound insulating materials and technologies. It will not be as luxurious as the cabin of Land Rover Range Rover or the Cadillac Escalade, but you will find it hard to trace cheap looking materials.
Like most of its siblings from Toyota Stable, the 2018 Highlander Hybrid SUV will be laden with cutting-edge amenities and advanced safety features. Toyota’s Safety Sense comes embedded in the model. So, you get features like adaptive cruise control, autonomous emergency braking, lane departure warning and forward collision warning.
The SUV will be laden with the latest edition of Entune infotainment setup. It will have Smartphone integration, support for Bluetooth and GPS. Most likely the buyers will be given the choice to upgrade to the JBL Synthesis sound system- like the 2017 model. There will be customization options like sunroof and ambient lighting etc.
2018 Toyota Land Cruiser Hybrid – Engine Rumors
Toyota has not announced the details of the powertrain that will be used in the upcoming Highlander Hybrid SUV. So, the well known 5.7-liter V-8 engine may be used but it will be paired with an electric motor. The combined output is not known but it should be close to 400 HP or more. Toyota will do its best to topple rivals like GM and Ford in overall fuel economy. The towing capacity may go up.
Price and Availability of the 2018 Toyota Land Cruiser Hybrid
The 2018 Toyota Land Cruiser Hybrid will have a price tag higher than the regular model. So, it may be priced $8o.000 or so. The release date is not known.
The 2018 Toyota land Cruiser Hybrid seems a nice off-road centric SUV with better mileage. However, its success will also depend on final pricing.