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Engineering Solutions by Design News Talks Toyota Grand Highlander Upgrades

Article-Engineering Solutions by Design News Talks Toyota Grand Highlander Upgrades

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Toyota North America Chief Engineer for SUVs, Craig Payne, with the 2024 Grand Highlander.
Toyota's North America SUV chief engineer Craig Payne describes the challenge of making the bigger, three-row Grand Highlander feel nimble.

Chief engineer for the 2024 Toyota Grand Highlander, Craig Payne, was tasked with stretching the chassis of the popular crossover SUV to accommodate a third row of seats while somehow retaining the agility of the original two-row Highlander in everyday driving situations.

While pricy vehicles might be able to apply technologies such as active suspension and rear-wheel steering to compensate for the extra four inches of length between the Grand Highlander's axles, Payne applied more fundamental solutions to keep the new SUV maneuverable. 


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