2020 Toyota Harrier SUV unveiled in Japan
Toyota has unveiled the new generation of the Toyota Harrier SUV in its home market of Japan. The Harrier is based on the brand's TNGA-K underpinning and is a monocoque construction, unlike the Fortuner's ladder-frame IMV platform. The Harrier is primarily intended for developed markets and is unlikely to be offered in India, although its Lexus derivative will most likely come here.
Even though the Harrier is over 4.7m long, it is only offered as a two-row model. The styling is sharp, as with other new Toyotas, and is accompanied by quite heavy contouring along its bodywork. Much like the Camry, the front-end styling is quite impactful with the sharp nose, large grille and slim headlamps. This sporty look follows to the rear as well, with the raked-off windscreen, and slim full-width tail lamps.
The interiors carry this edgy look ahead with the layer dash design, widescreen instrument clusters, and the dark contrasting materials. There's a panoramic sunroof, a rear-view mirror that relay feed from the rear camera and a JBL sound system with navigation. A suite of collision avoidance tech is also available.
There are two engines on offer. The first is a 2.5-litre 4-cylinder petrol with 178PS and 221 Nm that pairs with an electric motor through a CVT, similar to what is offered in the Vellfire and Camry in India. Uniquely, this also comes as a AWD model. The FWD hybrid Harrier makes a combined 218PS via an electric motor with 120PS and 202 Nm. The AWD makes a combined 222PS with the e-motor putting out 54PS and 121 Nm.
A 2.0-litre petrol-only version is also available which puts out 171PS and 207 Nm. This can also be had with an AWD version. The gearbox choices here are a 6-speed manual and a CVT.
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