2011 Toyota Highlander SUV launched into NZ market

2011 Toyota Highlander SUV launched into NZ market

Toyota New Zealand has just launched the latest iteration of its mid-sized SUV – the 2011 Highlander.

The new 2011 Highlander arrives with the choice of two drive trains and two equipment grades. There are 2WD and 4WD entry level models, plus the flagship 4WD Limited.

Toyota New Zealand General Manager of Sales and Operations, Steve Prangnell said, “As well as all of the attributes New Zealander’s expect in an SUV, such as powerful performance, 4WD capability, utility, and ground clearance, the 2011 Highlander is the most versatile vehicle in our entire model line-up. It has something to offer for everyone.”

The 2011 Highlander is powered by a 3.5 litre dual VVT-i petrol engine with an electronically controlled automatic transmission. The Highlander’s 3.5 litre quad cam V6 petrol engine delivers 201kW of power and 337Nm of torque via a five-speed automatic transmission with a sequential manual-style gear selection.

All models offer driver and passenger front, driver’s knee, front side and three-row curtain shield airbags. An Anti-lock System (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA) is standard, as is steering assisted Vehicle Stability Control Plus (VSC+) and Traction Control (TRC).

Standard equipment also includes seating for seven passengers, air conditioning, reversing camera, electronic power-assisted steering, cruise control, alloy wheels, steering wheel audio and multi-information display controls, MP3 compatible CD tuner with audio input and Bluetooth handsfree telephone and audio streaming capability, split-fold second row seats with stowable centre seat, glass hatch in the tailgate, glass-mounted radio antenna and Optitron instruments.

The top-spec 4WD Limited comes with 19″ alloy wheels and front fog lights as well as darker tinted roof rails.

Inside, the Limited has the added features of dual-zone climate controlled air conditioning, rear climate controlled air conditioning, power front seat adjustment, driver’s seat variable cushion length adjustment, front seat heaters, perforated leather seat trim, four-spoke leather steering wheel with air conditioning controls, leather gearshift lever, stainless steel Highlander scuff plates and a six-disc CD changer.

Every Highlander in the range comes with a 2,000kg braked towing capacity.

Highlander pricing starts at $54,490 for the 2WD model up to $66,990 for the top-spec Limited version.

Check back full a full Car and SUV review of the 2011 Toyota Highlander.

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