Toyota debuts 2011 Highlander and Scion brand at Georgian College Auto Show

The revised 2011 Toyota Highlander is making its Canadian debut this weekend at the Georgian College Auto Show in Barrie, Ontario. The Georgian College Auto Show will also be the first time the entire Scion line-up is shown at a Canadian auto show, including the fully redesigned Scion tC.

More information after the jump.

The 2011 Highlander comes with a revised exterior design. A new front fascia gives it more sophistication and a bolder stance. Headlights, taillights, hood, fenders and alloy wheels have also been redesigned for 2011. Hybrid models gain a unique grill treatment, vertically stacked fog lamps and new Toyota emblems with blue background.

The 2011 Highlander Hybrid receives a more powerful 3.5L Atkinson cycle V6 engine, which replaces the 3.3L V6. Electric motors and generators have also been upgraded. New for 2011 is an exhaust heat recovery system. These improvements to the Highlander Hybrid system increase power output to 280hp and improve fuel economy by 10%.

“Known for their versatility, the 2011 Highlander and Highlander Hybrid models come with even more standard features including 3rd row seating, making room for seven adults, fresh styling inside and out and a choice of power trains – including four-cylinder, V6 and upgraded Toyota Hybrid Synergy Drive – and several trim packages.” stated Warren Orton, Director, Toyota Canada.

New or updated features on the 2011 Highlander also include:

  • Standard 50/50 split third-row seat for seven-passenger capacity.
  • Toyota’s automatic headlamp system and rear-seat HVAC controls are added to 2011 models
  • 4WD Highlander V6 models now includes Bluetooth connectivity
  • All-new Sport Package option is available for 2011.
  • Features included in the Spore package are: power moon roof, 19” aluminum alloy wheels, three-zone independent automatic climate control, and leather interior.
  • All Highlanders feature revised instrument panels, gauges and interior trims and finishes.The new 2011 Highlander will be going on sale in November at Toyota dealerships. 
    • The Scion tC makes its first public appearance at the Georgian College Auto Show this weekend. Designed in California, the Scion tC takes design cues from the Scion Fuse concept cars, including the helmet inspired cabin. The low stance and wide fenders give the tC an aggressive look.The interior is driver oriented and has an aggressive flat bottom steering wheel. Eight airbags, power windows, power locks, cruise control, AM/FM/CD/USB audio system with iPod integration and a panoramic moon roof are all standard on the tC.

      Power is provided by an all-new 2.5 litre 4 cylinder, producing 180 horsepower mated to either a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic transmission.

      The Scion tC goes on sale at Scion dealerships, later this month.

      [Source:Toyota Canada]