The Toyota Highlander is an iconic nameplate for the brand, and it’s about to grow with the world premiere of a new Grand Highlander.

The all-new three-row SUV is slated for an official debut on February 8th, 2023– just before the Chicago Auto Show (February 11th-20th). Not much is known about the new model, but what has been said is enough to whet our appetites.

The new model is said to be “equipped for family adventures” and “the perfect addition to the lineup.” At a time where we’ve seen numerous automakers upsize their current models (ie: Jeep with the Wagoneer L and Grand Wagoneer L), combined with the aforementioned lingo from Toyota, it stands to reason that the Grand Highlander will offer a bit more space and perhaps a bit more luxury.

With the sole image provided by Toyota (as seen above), the keen-eyed reader may have already deciphered the tailgate badging. Of course, Grand Highlander is proudly stamped deadcenter; to the right, we can see “Platinum,” a familiar trim name in the Toyota lineup; and to the left, perhaps the most interesting badge of them all, Toyota’s “Hybrid Max” namesake.

The implication is obvious: Hybrid Max propulsion for the Grand Highlander. We recently experienced a Toyota Hybrid Max powertrain in the 2023 Crown sedan, consisting of a 2.4-liter turbocharged four-banger and a pair of electric motors, humming to the tune of 340 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque. In that case, power is sent to the ground through a true six-speed automatic transmission.

Whether this is the same exact system and displacement to be used in the Grand Highlander is, of course, yet to be seen, but you can bet MotorWeek will be tuned to the reveal on February 8th– and we hope you’ll join us!