2020 Toyota Harrier set for debut in June
KUALA LUMPUR: The earlier leaked video of 2020 Toyota Harrier had clearly indicated that the Japanese automaker is on the verge of launching it soon. And here we go, an official announcement from the Toyota on the launch of the fourth-generation Harrier has come. The model is set for the local market premiere in June this year. The existing version has been around since 2013, further indicating the updated version to follow soon.
The significant modifications can be observed under the hood. One of the two main changes is the introduction of a hybrid powertrain. It will comprise a 2.5-litre inline-four direct-injection unit paired with one or two electric motors depending on the layout. Talking about the output level, the four-wheel-drive model churns out 218 PS while all-wheel-drive generates a slightly higher output of 222 PS. The power is sent to the wheels via an electric continuously variable transmission.
2020 Toyota Harrier is also powered by a 2.0-litre mill four-cylinder direct-injection engine mated to a direct shift CVT gearbox, producing 171 PS of maximum power at 6,600 rpm and 207 Nm of peak torque at 4,800 rpm. Both the petrol and hybrid models will be available in FWD and AWD configurations.
The new Harrier is built on the TNGA (GA-K) platform that enables a low center of gravity in favour of comfort and vehicle dynamics. The new Harrier measures 4,740 mm in length, 1,855 mm in width and 1,660 mm in height and has a wheelbase of 2,690 mm. In comparison to the existing model, the width and wheelbase are increased by 20 mm and 30 mm respectively, though the height is reduced by 30 mm.
The design language of the new Harrier looks exciting. Substantial changes can be observed on the front as well as rear fascias. The blanked-off upper grille and LED headlights with dual LED DRLs are still there. The massive lower intake has received a styling upgrade. At the rear end, you can see a new reverse-rake rump and LED taillights.
Inside the cabin, the Toyota designers tried to fade away the feeling of boredom by adding a dual-tone theme for the contrast. Significant technological upgradations include a 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system supporting SmartDeviceLink connectivity, 9-speaker JBL audio system, a panoramic sunroof with electric shades and electro-chromatic windows.
For safety, the new Harrier is loaded with Toyota’s Safety Sense system which covers an array of safety and driver assistance features including a pre-collision safety system.
The fourth-generation Harrier will be available in Japan from June 2020. However, there is no information about the launch in Malaysia.