Hot on the news that Toyota is discontinuing the Land Cruiser after the 2021 model year, the folks at GR86.org have uncovered a recent patent application from Toyota for the “Grand Highlander” name. Filed on December 24, 2020, the application lists use of the name for the United States and Canada.
So, what’s the takeaway from all of this? While the only thing for certain is that the Land Cruiser in its current form will not continue after the current model year, everything else is just speculation. If the “Grand” in “Grand Highlander” is any indication, the company could be planning on releasing an extended-wheelbase version of Toyota’s three-row Highlander SUV. The Toyota Highlander just received a modest update for the 2021 model year, but space behind the third row is still fairly limited. Extending the wheelbase could open up the vehicle to not only more storage space behind the