Toyota Teases All-New 2020 Highlander with Three-Dimensional Art Installation
Artist Michael Murphy Creates Exploded-View Highlander From Hand-Painted 3D Prints
The 2020 Toyota Highlander will be revealed at the upcoming New York International Auto Show next week, but until then the company is giving the world a sneak peek at the midsize family SUV via a three-dimensional art installation in the Big Apple.
The installation, which was created by augmented reality artist Michael Murphy, is comprised of 200 individual pieces that were 3D-printed and hand-painted, then suspended in sequence from invisible strings. It looks like an abstract piece of art until it’s viewed in profile, when the 2020 Highlander’s styling shows through ever so slightly.
The new Highlander, which will be based on the modular Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform, looks somewhat similar to the old one, at least viewed from the side. Its greenhouse is a bit sleeker, the beltline pinching up somewhat toward the rear. Expect slightly more angular body-side surfacing, echoing that of the aggressive Camry sedan. We also predict the front end to become more like the Camry and Avalon, with a massive (and somewhat silly) grille opening between standard LED headlamps. The 2020 Highlander’s arrow-shaped taillights seem to take a note from the revised 2019 Prius.
TNGA will likely yield a much more pleasant on-the-road experience than that of the outgoing Highlander, which was comfortable but numb and a bit uninspiring to drive. TNGA is much stiffer than the platform it replaces, and its surprising modularity means it can adapt to vehicles as small as the Corolla and as large as the Highlander, with provisions for electrification (in the case of the Corolla Hybrid, Prius, Camry Hybrid, Avalon Hybrid, and all-but-guaranteed Highlander Hybrid).
Toyota will reveal the 2020 Highlander at a 2019 New York International Auto Show press conference on April 17 at 9:10 a.m. Eastern, which it will livestream for the public.