• Aug 6, 2010

2011 Toyota Highlander – Click above to enlarge

Toyota Europe has confirmed to Autoblog that the automaker's popular Highlander crossover will go on sale in Russia and the Ukraine for the first time ever. Why should Statesiders care? Because the new-look model above will be unveiled at the Moscow Motor Show on August 25, and it's almost certain to be the refreshed CUV that we will receive in North America.

From the looks of things, the 2011 Highlander will retain its strong body lines, but ditch the conservative front fascia of the 2010 model in favor of a leaner, more aggressive nose with angry looking headlamps. With appropriate helpings of chrome in all the right places, the new Highlander is downright handsome. As this is the only shot that we have, we don't know what's going on at the rear, but we would expect redesigned taillamps and perhaps some revamped trim. From what we can see, the Highlander's profile appears unchanged, save perhaps for a new wheel pattern and a very discreet set of turn signal repeaters in the mirrors.

While we have no confirmation that we will receive this same model, European officials believe that it will make it to North America with "more or less the same look." The Highlander is only built in three places at the moment – China, Japan and in Indiana, so it doesn't seem likely that Toyota would bother to develop new sheetmetal for select European markets without disbursing it elsewhere.

Unfortunately, we don't know too much about what's going on under that hood or in the cabin. So far, the only thing that Toyota Europe has confirmed with us is that the hybrid version of the Highlander won't be available in those markets. We'll just have to wait for details from the Moscow Motor Show for more information. Thanks for the tip, Mike!


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      • 4 Years Ago
      I guess the upcoming Explorer looks better.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It could be worse. There could be space aliens from Zeist in this Highlander sequel.
        • 4 Years Ago
        To me the front end looks exactly like the new Nissan Quest (the one on the Nissan USA website)
      • 4 Years Ago
      gua, the Highlander was not designed in Europe.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I was at TMMI (Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indiana, in Princeton) last week to take a tour. It's a great (and free) tour, and it's worth a visit if you're in the Evansville area, even if you don't like Toyotas.

      I wasn't even thinking about a Highlander mid-cycle refresh being the cause, but now I think I know why we went down the Sienna line on the tour and not the Highlander/Sequoia line.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The 2011 Highlander info is available on the Toyota Russia web site
      http://www.highlander.toyota.ru/

      Yeah!! they finally changed the 3rd row bench to a 50/50 split 3rd row
      Decisions, decisions..
      • 4 Years Ago
      If Toyota doesn't replace the current third row bench with one that splits, they will continue to lose many buyers who slap their heads at the odd decision to handicap this car. It's also distressing that the Highlander is perhaps Toyota's best looking vehicle.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Sorry, gua, but you are incorrect. The Highlander has NEVER been designed in Europe, nor does the article imply that. They spoke with European employees of Toyota, and those employees said that the US version will have similar sheet metal. That doesn't imply that it was designed in Europe, just that those European employees have knowledge of what the US model is going to look like.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It might just be me, but it looks landcruiser-ish (last generation) from behind the front fascia. seems like they took cues of the styling a bit.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why does everything get better out of North America? :
      • 4 Years Ago
      There's no driver in that picture. The car is driving itself!
      • 4 Years Ago
      The current 2nd generation Highlander was designed in Toyota's Calty Design Research in Newport Beach, California. This model shown for Europe is NOT a complete redesign but rather, a facelifted and butt-lifted model (i.e. the overall body is still the same. It is a "freshening" if you will, and not a European design-from-the-ground-up model. At this point, we don't know where the cosmetic change cues originated but the overall vehicle design is still attributed to the Calty studio in California.
      • 4 Years Ago
      ford is #1. explorer over highlander anyday
        • 4 Years Ago
        Sales numbers for the last two years disagree with you.

        Granted, the Explorer was body on frame before whereas the Highlander wasn't. It'll be interesting to see which model gets the sales now that they are more in competition.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks great! Second great redesign in a row!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Soccer moms will be happy about this refresh!
        • 4 Years Ago
        It's not a redesign. It's a facelift. Toyota does this regularly. And I think the new front looks great.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Why are people down voting him? He's just stating his opinion god damn people.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ SliPaladin, because he said Toyota looks good. This blog mostly consists of D3 groupies who still can not admit the fact that Cobalt is worse than a mid 80's Civic.

        But i can teach Zamafir on how he can improve his "approval" bar and make it 99% green by the end of the week. Just go to every new post and type "Yes this car is good, but i love my 2011 Mustang V6", heck the article could be about that very same Mustang you will still get high ratings.

        And if by late Sunday you realize your "approval" bar is only 90% green, just start posting, "Alan Mulally is GOD, I want to be him, i wish i was a woman so i could marry him " boooooooooom everyone will give you the thumbs up.





        • 4 Years Ago
        look mom, a star!!! oh, and it's already gone :(
        • 4 Years Ago
        Redline, this IS a soccer mom poser SUV. It's essentially the same as an Explorer. The new face is nice I think. They are finally starting to make front end graphics that don't look like they are melting.
        • 4 Years Ago
        i'm not convinced
        it's just ok
        • 4 Years Ago
        yaaaaaaaaaaawn
        • 4 Years Ago
        The only cars allowed to be praised on Autoblog are Hyundai.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Would you really want a mid to late 80's Honda? You'd go to the mall, and come out and find some high school kid had mistook yours for his, and attached a huge fart cannon. =(

        And really, why knock Toyota for their boring and mostly uninspired design, when that's just how they do things? That's like being surprised that your refrigerator keeps things cool.
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