QOTD: A GR Toyota Grand Highlander?

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey

An independent digital artist in Hungary has decided to render something no one asked for but at least a few thousand folks probably would buy -- a GR version of the Toyota Grand Highlander.

X-Tomi Design came up with a rendering that included a new front bumper and grille and an added lower diffuser. Other mods include larger wheels, two-tone paint, and body-color wheel arches. The suspension on this fake Grand Highlander is lowered.

Obviously, this is just a rendering by someone who has, as far as we know, no connection to Toyota. We doubt that Toyota would build such a thing.

But there's a difference between "would" and "should". Should Toyota build something like this? A GR Grand Highlander with a body kit and lowered suspension? Perhaps in limited numbers?

Or would such a thing just be lot poison, forever doomed to sit in the dealer's showroom for far too many days, getting miles only from joy-riding porters, until some well-off soccer parent with too much money and memories of the sport-coupe they had 20 years ago finally ponies up?

What say you, B and B?

[Image: Toyota]

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Tim Healey
Tim Healey

Tim Healey grew up around the auto-parts business and has always had a love for cars — his parents joke his first word was “‘Vette”. Despite this, he wanted to pursue a career in sports writing but he ended up falling semi-accidentally into the automotive-journalism industry, first at Consumer Guide Automotive and later at Web2Carz.com. He also worked as an industry analyst at Mintel Group and freelanced for About.com, CarFax, Vehix.com, High Gear Media, Torque News, FutureCar.com, Cars.com, among others, and of course Vertical Scope sites such as AutoGuide.com, Off-Road.com, and HybridCars.com. He’s an urbanite and as such, doesn’t need a daily driver, but if he had one, it would be compact, sporty, and have a manual transmission.

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  • Not sure they can shoehorn the TT-V6+Electric motor from the Tundra max in there, but that would possibly get some money out of my wallet.

    Wife's 11 year old RAV4 has given us many years of solid returns after paying it off in year 3, but it is getting long in the tooth and a 430hp/500tq stretched Hilghlander sounds comfy AF to tow the camping trailer with.

  • Stuki Moi Stuki Moi on Mar 08, 2023

    Considering how fashionable "hybrid" powertrain hype now are (F1, "supercars"): A GR Prius wold make more sense....

  • Kcflyer Kcflyer on Mar 08, 2023


  • IBx1 IBx1 on Mar 08, 2023

    "GR" should be reserved for manuals like the Yaris and Corolla.