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Toyota has unveiled the European-spec version of the latest Toyota Highlander -- and confirmed that the model will be offered in the UK for the first time.

The fourth generation of the large SUV was unveiled at the New York motor show last year , and uses the same TNGA-K Global Architecture platform as the Camry saloon. While popular in North America and other countries such as Australia, the previous generation Highlander was only offered in a handful of European markets.

When the Highlander goes on sale in the UK and western Europe early next year it will only be offered with a 241bhp hybrid powertrain and all-wheel-drive. Toyota also claims WLTP CO2 emissions of 146g/km and a two-tonne towing capacity. Full technical specifications and performance figures have yet to be disclosed.

The Highlander uses Toyota's latest hybrid powertrain, featuring a 2.5-litre Atkinson cycle petrol engine and electric motors mounted on both front and rear axles. The rear electric motor is used to operate the variable all-wheel-drive system. The system will offer four drive modes, including a Trail function, along with a separate EV-only option.

The large SUV is 4950mm long, and features a 658-litre boot, with a total luggage capacity of 1909 litres with the second and third row of seats folded flat. The second row of seats can slide by 180mm to add extra room space for the third row. The car sits on 20-inch alloy wheels.

Toyota says the interior features a large number of storage compartments, with USB ports offered in the front and second row of seats. Other equipment available includes a head-up display, wireless phone charger, infotainment system offering Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, cooled front seats and a digital rear-view mirror.

The Highlander also features Toyota's Safety Sense package of driver assistance systems, which includes pre-collission detection, adaptive cruise control and lane departure assist.

The decision to bring the car to Britain part of Toyota's renewed focus on its strong heritage with both hybrid engines and SUVs. Along with the recently revealed Yaris Cross , the machine joins the C-HR , RAV4 and Land Cruiser as part of Toyota's expanded SUV range.

Toyota says that UK pricing and specification will be finalised closer to the launch in early 2021.

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