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New gears are headed to the Toyota Safety Sense package and they’re set to debut in the 2021 Highlander SUV, according to a report by CarsDirect.

Citing a document Toyota reportedly sent to fleet customers, a “Toyota Safety Sense 2.5” package is said to be included in the upcoming version of the Highlander.

Introduced to provide driver-assist and active safety features for drivers, the package is set to receive an improved pre-collision system that will allow it to support left turns at an intersection. On top of this, the adaptive cruise control system will also get a Curve Speed Management, while the lane-keep assist feature will be redesigned to read lines better. Completing the updates to the Safety Sense is the addition of the Risk Avoidance Emergency Steering.

2020 Toyota Highlander parked outside
Based on the report, only the latest Highlander and Highlander Hybrid will get the updated Safety Sense 2.5 package. | Source: Toyota

Some of the features are notably similar to the new updates that were added to the Lexus Safety System Plus, which recently debuted alongside the 2021 Lexus IS.

As of writing, Toyota has not released a comment to confirm nor deny the document cited on the report as well as the features that were mentioned.

But if the report turns out to be correct, it is worth noting that Toyota does not seem to plan on releasing the new features across the 2021 model lineup. Based on the CarsDirect report, only the 2021 Highlander and Highlander Hybrid will get the updated Safety Sense 2.5 package. Other 2021 models such as the RAV4 Prime and Venza are likely sticking with the 2.0 version.

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