2021 Toyota Harrier launched in Malaysia, here’s everything you need to know

2021 Toyota Harrier launched in Malaysia, here’s everything you need to know

Just a couple of days after teasing the all-new Harrier for the first time, UMW Toyota launched the updated premium SUV in Malaysia today. Initially introduced back in 2018 here, the first update came in the form of the next-generation SUV hosting a glut of modifications in terms of design as well as technology. Also, the fourth-gen Harrier is based on Toyota New Generation Architecture that also supports the brand’s other latest models such as the RAV4 and Camry.

One of the significant things to be noted here is that the new Harrier is available only in a sole variant, unlike the previous model that was on offer in two trims - Premium and Luxury. Toyota has dropped the Premium guise for 2021 and left the customers with a single option, i.e., the 2021 Toyota Harrier Luxury, which is priced at RM 249,706. This is an on-the-road price excluding insurance but including a 50% sales and services tax exemption, which is valid until June 30, 2021, and after which the price will increase up to RM 259,000. Also, included in the price is a five-year unlimited-mileage warranty.

2021 Toyota Harrier rear

Other than price, what’s all new in the 2021 Toyota Harrier? Let’s find out.

2021 Toyota Harrier exterior design and dimensions

In terms of design, the revamped Harrier flaunts a more pronounced front fascia with all the restyled elements like a closed-off upper grille, a big lower grille, and new signature projector LED headlights. The new front lends the SUV a sharp and aggressive look while maintaining its elegance; and the long, sweeping body lines accentuate its bold and wide styling. At the back, it poses a futuristic look with a new and wide LED tail light strip integrated into the bumper. Other exterior equipments are

  • L-shaped Daytime Running Lights 
  • LED fog lights
  • Auto retractable wing mirror with LED signal lamp and welcome light
  • Kick-sensor power back door
  • Twin exhaust pipes with an oval baffle design
  • 18-inch two-tone alloy wheels 

2021 Toyota Harrier rear

Here are the 2021 Toyota Harrier colour options list:

  • Steel Blonde Metallic
  • Slate Grey Metallic
  • Precious Black
  • Dark Blue Metallic
  • White Pearl Crystal Shine

As the new Harrier is based on the new platform, the dimensional changes are obvious. It measures 4,740 mm in length, 1,855 mm in width, 1,660 mm in height, and holds a wheelbase of 2,690 mm. Over the predecessor, the fourth-gen model is 20 mm wider, 30 mm shorter, and has a 30 mm longer wheelbase. 

2021 Toyota Harrier interior

2021 Toyota Harrier cabin

The interior of the new Harrier is packed with all luxurious materials and impressive tech features that really make it an impressive SUV. Premiumness is defined by a wraparound faux leather-trimmed dashboard and all-around leather seats. The steering column of the SUV is ergonomically designed in a way that it automatically rises out of the way when getting in and out of the car. For 2021, Toyota has also improved the Noise, Vibration, and Harshness (NVH) levels, thanks to the highly efficient sound-absorbing windows, Other main interior highlights are:

  • 8-inch capacitive touchscreen infotainment display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support
  • High-grade Optitron metre paired with the head-up display and colour multi-information display
  • Fixed panoramic moonroof with electro-chromatic glass
  • Digital display rear view mirror
  • 12-way power adjustable driver seat
  • Power-adjustable steering wheel
  • Wireless charging pad
  • Dual Zone Auto AC system with nanoe X Technology
  • Smart entry and start system
  • Front and rear USB ports
  • Vehicle telematics system

2021 Toyota Harrier leather seats

2021 Toyota Harrier engine specifications

Unlike the previous version that was on offer with two engine options, the new Harrier only gets a single powertrain choice under the bonnet. Yes, the Japanese automaker has dropped the turbocharged engine and now offers the premium SUV with a new naturally-aspirated mill. This is an M20A-FKS 2.0-litre four-cylinder DOHCmill with Dual VVT-i producing a maximum power of 173 PS at 6,600 rpm and a peak torque of 203 Nm from 4,400 to 4,900 rpm. 

A Direct Shift Continuously Variable Transmission with Sequential Shiftmatic is there to transmit the power to the ground. The available driving modes are ECO, Normal, and Sport. According to Toyota, the SUV is fitted with optimized front and rear suspension geometry that complements its rigid structure and makes it very well-balanced, and predictable.

2021 Toyota Harrier safety

2021 Toyota Harrier safety

On the safety front also, Toyota has stepped up the all-new Harrier as it now boasts an extensive suite of safety and security equipment via Toyota Safety Sense (TSS) technologies. TSS includes autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection, lane departure warning, lane centring assist, adaptive high beam, and adaptive cruise control. The included passive features are seven airbags, stability control, and ISOFIX rear child seat anchors.

UMW Toyota is now inviting the customers to view the all-new Harrier at the nearest authorized Toyota dealership. It is also offering a Toyota FlexiPlan to interested customers, which involves interest-saving financing packages from Toyota Capital Services.

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