Toyota Japan releases all-new Harrier
Although the Toyota Harrier is largely unknown on the local market, it has been around for more than 20 years. Toyota has been producing the crossover SUV since 1997, which was originally only available for Japan. Until 1998, Toyota exported the Harrier under the Lexus emblem and named it Lexus RX until it was taken off the market in 2013. Aside from the latest North American release under the Toyota Venza emblem, the Harrier was largely available only in Japan. The company recently decided to update the crossover SUV to make it more stylish and modern than ever.
From the outside, the new Harrier looks like a real modern SUV. The completely redesigned front panel gives the car a sharp and aggressive look, while maintaining the elegance. The Harrier is equipped with all of the projector's new LED headlights, a new grille design, long, sweeping body lines that emphasize the vehicle's bold and wide design, double exhaust pipes and LED light bars that give the rear a futuristic look. The Harrier is also equipped with three wheel sizes: 17-inch aluminum wheels with five spokes, 18-inch aluminum wheels with 10 spokes and a 19-inch aluminum wheel.
The interior of the Harrier is refined and elegant, with its low-contrast brown, gray and black tones. The center console is wide and imposing, reminiscent of a horse saddle. It blends into the instrument panel, which is on the edges of the saddle, to showcase an interior that is both robust and classy. The cabin is wrapped in tactile faux leather to get the image of a natural looking silhouette wrapped in thick leather and consistently of 2 wood tones and piping inspired by bentwood. The T-Connect SD navigation system uses a 12.3-inch TFT touchscreen.
The Harrier supports smartphone connectivity features such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and has a JBL premium sound system with 9 speakers throughout the cabin.
Also equipped in the new Harrier is a panoramic roof with electrochromatic windows, which is being used by Toyota for the first time. The windows consist of a large electro-chromatic glass pane that covers the front seats and the passengers in the rear seats up to the head. The glass is automatically dimmed at the push of a button and immediately envelops its passengers in a dark cocoon.
The new Harrier is equipped with Toyota Safety Sense, which uses a collision safety system that detects pedestrians during the day and night and cyclists during the day. It is fully equipped with safety equipment such as the Intelligent Clearance Sonar with parking assist brakes that help reduce collision damage when driving at low speeds in parking lots, etc.
The digital interior mirror used by Toyota for the first time enables images to be recorded on the front and rear of the vehicle while driving. The new digital interior mirror with an additional front camera in conjunction with the existing rear view camera for the digital interior mirror can now record driving videos on SD cards.
The hybrid version of the Harrier has an additional socket with 100 volts (AC) and 1,500 watts. This not only enables the use of electrical products using the same sockets as at home, but also enables the vehicle to be used as a power generator in the event of power outages and other emergencies.
The brand new Toyota Harrier is available with two different powertrains: hybrid and gasoline. Hybrid models feature the Toyota Hybrid System, which uses a 2.5-liter Dynamic Force engine. The petrol variant has a 2.0-liter Dynamic Force engine in combination with a Direct Shift CVT.
Prices for the brand new Toyota Harrier petrol model start at JPY 2.99 million (1.4 million pence) for the S-Class variant of the base model and increase to JPY 4.43 million (approx. P2M) for the top variant with leather package. For the hybrid powertrain, the Harrier starts at JP ¥ 3.58 (P1.7 million) for the S-Class variant of the base model and rises to JP ¥ 5.04 (P2.4 million) for the top variant with the leather package installed.
In the Philippines, the current generation Lexus RX ranges from P4.378M to P5. 178M.
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