Toyota and Lexus plan new three-row crossover SUVs, most probably as hybrids
Toyota stopped wanting saying the SUVs can be electrified indirectly, however the official assertion suggests it can comply with the trail of its newest three-row automobile inbuilt the identical plant, the 2021 Toyota Sienna minivan, that comes commonplace as a hybrid with as much as 36 mpg mixed.
“This funding (within the Princeton plant) and new automobile line-up will permit us to proceed our work with electrification, develop our portfolio to round 70 fashions globally by 2025, and meet the wants of our clients whereas we speed up in the direction of carbon neutrality,” Ted Ogawa, president and CEO of Toyota Motor North America, stated in assertion.
The opposite three-row SUVs constructed at that plant symbolize an fascinating inflection level for the model. The complete-size Toyota Sequoia was final redesigned for 2008 and will get a paltry 15 mpg mixed, much like the Lexus GX 460 three-row SUV. It’ll both be shelved or made wholly new with the upcoming redesign of the Toyota Tundra pickup truck on which it is based mostly. But, just like the Sienna, the redesigned 2021 Toyota Highlander will be had with a powerful V-6 or as an environment friendly hybrid that will get as much as 35 mpg mixed.
Hypothesis from our associates over at Motor Authority suggests the brand new Toyota shall be a long-wheelbase model of the Highlander referred to as the Grand Highlander. That would imply the Sequoia will comply with the Land Cruiser into the automotive graveyard of inefficient tough and tumble V-8 SUVs based mostly on vans. The Lexus SUV will most probably comply with the Grand Highlander, and should lastly put on the Lexus trademarked TX badge.
In each circumstances, Toyota promised the newest know-how with driver-assist programs that permit for hands-free driving in sure circumstances, much like the Lexus Teammate system set to debut on the 2022 Lexus LS flagship sedan.
Regardless of Toyota’s acknowledged intention of carbon neutrality by 2050, the model doesn’t supply a full battery electrical automobile within the U.S., however it provides a conventional hybrid alongside a plug-in hybrid, or Prime, model of its bestselling 2021 Toyota RAV4. It stays to be seen if there shall be Prime choices of the brand new SUVs; Toyota did not specify when the brand new automobiles will debut.