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The third-generation 2014 Toyota Highlander makes its debut at the 2013 New York show with an all-new exterior design, seating for up to eight, new features and technologies, and increased cargo capacity. Plus a new trapezoidal grille dominated face that we’ve not seen on a Toyota before.

Categorised as a mid-size SUV in America, the Highlander has grown in length by approximately 8 cm while width is increased by 4 cm, although the roof is lower.

NVH improvement measures include a 30% expansion of insulation materials in the floor areas. Acoustic-type glass is used for the windshield, and even the panoramic moonroof design works to help reduce wind noise, even when open.

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Vibration is minimised through expanded coverage of the dash silencer, enhancements to body sealing, and the strategic placement of three hydraulic engine mounts. Improvements in the exhaust layout have been made for additional noise and vibration reduction.

The second row offers bench-seating for three passengers or two captain’s seats featuring a collapsible tray with cup holders. Getting into the third-row is made easier with the addition of a one-step second-row sliding seat function that provides nearly 8 cm more space for “the hole”.

An overall interior width increase of 10 cm in the third-row and a standard recline function creates added comfort for up to three passengers. Like the second-row bench, it can split 40/60. Rear cargo space behind the third-row has also increased by up to 34%.

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The 2014 Highlander will be available with three powertrains. A 2.7L four-cylinder, 3.5 V6 (both with dual VVT-i, variable intake manifold and six-speed auto) and the Highlander Hybrid’s 3.5 V6-electric motor combo.

The new Dynamic Torque Control All-Wheel Drive automatically shifts from FWD to AWD when accelerating or when sensors detect wheel slippage. Governed by an electromagnetically controlled coupling positioned in the rear differential, front to rear torque distribution can vary from 100:0 to 50:50.

Assembled at Toyota Motor Manufacturing in Indiana, the 2014 Toyota Highlander will reach American dealer showrooms in early 2014.