Bigger Highlander on the way?

Industry

Toyota’s freshly redesigned, big three-row unibody crossover, the Highlander, may not quite be big enough, at least judging by a new trademark filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Dec. 28.

Toyota Motor Corp. reserved the name “Grand Highlander” on that day, although a spokesman for Toyota Motor North America last week declined to reveal how the name would be used.

Toyota launched the redesigned Highlander three-row crossover at the New York auto show in 2019. Its U.S. sales declined 11 percent in 2020 to 212,276, in part because of COVID-19. The hybrid version, however, was Toyota Motor North America’s second-bestselling hybrid in the U.S. last year, trailing only the RAV4.

MotorTrend and others had noted a lack of third-row room in the redesigned Highlander, and speculated that a “Grand” version may be an attempt to alleviate the condition with a future model. The Highlander is built on Toyota’s flexible New Global Architecture-K, which would allow a possible stretch.

Products You May Like

Articles You May Like

CarGurus promotes finance chief Jason Trevisan to CEO
Pandemic ‘scars’ will not heal quickly, European suppliers say
Washington Auto Show postponed amid ongoing COVID-19 pandemic
2021 Tesla Model X
Kia says it’s looking at EV projects with multiple firms after Apple report

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *