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2020 Toyota Highlander Teased With Unique Images

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Good news! It looks a lot like the new RAV4.

With the weight of the Supra finally off Toyota's shoulders, the Japanese automaker can look forward to a rather quiet 2019 New York Auto Show. This doesn't mean Toyota doesn't have anything to show in New York, as we have already seen the new 2020 Yaris Hatchback, which will make its official debut at the show. The Yaris won't be alone, as Toyota has just teased another important New York Auto Show reveal, the 2020 Highlander. We drove the current-generation Highlander last year and deemed it was in need of a refresh, so this reveal couldn't come at a better time.

The unique teaser for the Highlander was created by augmented reality artist Michael Murphy, who started with a design rendering of the car, created 3D print outs, then hand-painted each one to match the rendering. The whole process took two months, in which time 200 individual pieces were created in augmented reality. The pieces were then virtually "hung" to appear as if they were floating in mid-air, creating a three dimensional Highlander. In a short video posted on Toyota's Twitter account, the pieces float in different directions, making it look like the Highlander is exploding into a blur.

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Judging by the teaser, the new Highlander will adopt the new RAV4's boxy wheel arches, which look much tougher than the current model. Engine choices are still unknown but we expect to see Toyota's 3.5-liter V6 producing 301 horsepower as well as a hybrid variant. Toyota will have this teaser image displayed high on buildings in New York City prior to the reveal, which will be live streamed on April 17, 2019, at 9:10 am EDT.