TOYOTA is expanding its SUV line up in the UK with a seven-seat Highlander model.

Due to go on sale in 2021, the Highlander joins an extensive Toyota SUV line up: new B-segment Yaris Cross (due 2021); C-segment C-HR; and D-segment RAV4.

The new Highlander is a self-charging hybrid. The engine is a 2.5-litre Atkinson cycle petrol unit with front and rear electric motors.

The rear motor provides the vehicle’s AWD-i intelligent all-wheel drive. A high-voltage nickel-metal hydride battery is located beneath the second row seats.

Total system power is 241bhp and CO2 emissions are 146g/km; fuel consumption, says Toyota, is 42.8mpg.

The driver can use the vehicle’s Drive Mode Select system to toggle between Eco, Normal, Sport and Trail modes. Each of these can also be used when Highlander is running its separately switchable EV all-electric mode, making full use of its hybrid technology.

The new Highlander measures 4,950mm in length and has seven seats. A kick-sensor opens the tailgate for hands-free access to the 658-litre luggage area. Flat-folding the third and second row seats can bring the load capacity up to 1,909 litres.

The SUV is fitted with 20-inch alloy wheels.

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