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Toyota Highlander, SUV
#10681 of 10987 Re: 2007 Highlander Platform [toyotagal]
Dec 08, 2006 (5:32 am)
It's basically the same as the 06 Camry platform. The Highlander has been the same since it's inception in 2001. The only change was in 2004 when they added the 3.3L engine and 5-speed automatic but the basic platform, i.e., body style, chassis, interior, etc. is the same. Toyota/Lexus has historically done complete redesigns on their models every 5 years but I guess they decided to get more mileage out of the current Highlander design. Hope this helps.
#10682 of 10987 Re: 2007 Highlander Platform [toyotagal]
Dec 08, 2006 (7:27 am)
tornd has it right... here's some additional detail
The '01 HL is the same platform as the '02 Camry. The '08 HL platform will be the same as the '06 Avalon. (I believe that's when the Avalon changed.) The HL was originally coming out as an '07. I'm not sure why they delay... There are many perhaps and maybes, but who of us really knows.
The early pics of the 08 HL were on the net back in March/April, but aren't found now. It looked something like a Chrysler Pacifica / Mercedes R Class. I didn't care for it's looks, so bought the '06 model.
#10683 of 10987 Re: 2007 Highlander Platform [tomd]
Dec 08, 2006 (5:34 pm)
Perhaps my problem is semantics. i.e. what is an automotive platform? I do not think of a "platform" as body style, interior etc. Things you see on casual observation but things such as the chasis and under the skin components only. And definitely not its appearance.
And I originally assumed that the 2007 Highlander would go on the 2007 Camry platform. Apparently incorrectly. But assuming the exteral appearance would remain the same.
When you factor in appearance then it is obvious to me it is not on a 2007 Camry Platform, according to your definition.
#10684 of 10987 Re: 2007 Highlander Platform [toyotagal]
Dec 08, 2006 (5:55 pm)
Gasman1 was talking about the platforms, not the interior styling, I do believe.
#10685 of 10987 Re: 2007 Highlander Platform [toyotagal]
Dec 09, 2006 (7:13 am)
Correct, the platform is the "bones" which the body and interior is built upon. We don't see the bones (unless we're under the vehicle and then we see only part of them such as the suspension and undercarriage). We see the body and interior which can (and normally) changes more often than the platform will. However, I've never known a platform to totally update/change without major body and interior changes.
The sping time picture looked like the Pacific/R-Class. A picture a few weeks ago looked more like a 4 Runner or Seqoua (sp). We should know for sure in the next month or so due to the major car shows.
#10686 of 10987 Re: 2007 Highlander Platform [terry92270]
Dec 09, 2006 (8:06 am)
I was responding to Gasman1's comment that "Tomd" had made.
Where Gasman1 indicated "Tomd has it right". This after Tomd had said that the "body style and interior were the same" when refering to "Platform".
It does seem like we are all on the same page now however. Just semantics when I refer to "platform" I do not mean body style and interior but the under the car stuff. In other words the unseen stuff by car buyers.
Dec 09, 2006 (8:14 am)
A good friend of mine was at the LA International Auto Show and confirmed there were no leaks being made by Toyota reps on the 2008 Highlander.
Many of you expect a disclosure at the Detroit Show but I wouldn't hold my breath. Although I do hope that "you" are right.
So far all we really know is that it will be one the Avalon platform. First we had someone who seemed to be in the know saying it would look like a Lexus 350 I believe it was. And now we have a our latest clue indicating it will look more like the Sequoia.
Please tell me that it is not going to look like a Baby Sequoia.
The suspense is killing me..................LOL
#10688 of 10987 Re: 2008 Highlander [toyotagal]
Dec 10, 2006 (7:27 am)
I think Toyota has a vested interest in keeping the similar size Lexus and Toyota vehicles different enough so the Lexus buyer thinks he's getting something for that extra $10,000
#10689 of 10987 Re: 2008 Highlander [lmacmil]
Dec 10, 2006 (8:21 am)
Now that makes sense. Why couldn't I think of that? (smile)
Speaking of the Lexus, rumors have been floating that the 08 Highlander will have a bigger engine. In effect the same engine that is in the Lexus 350. A 3.5 Liter engine in lieu of the current 3.3L engine.
If so that would also seem to be improbable since then who would want to pay 10k more for a Lexus with the same engine as the Highlander?
#10690 of 10987 Re: 2008 Highlander [toyotagal]
Dec 10, 2006 (11:25 am)
The same people who paid more when both had the same 3.0L V6 and then both had the same 3.3L V6. They're paying for a) up-scale interior (higher quality materials); b)quieter interior; c) ouside body looks (subjective to anyone); d) Lexus service (quality and duration); and e) status.
Many who purchase Lexus may not even consider Toyota. If they want a Lexus and can afford it, more power to them. The only Lexus I would consider... Never mind - I deleted it as I don't want to take this off-topic.