The next generation of one of the most popular luxury SUVs is coming soon.
UMW Toyota has finally teased the all-new Harrier that's just about due for its Malaysian launch and, as you may already know, registrations for the luxury SUV are now open. With such a large leap between the second and third generation models, you wouldn't expect the fourth to be significantly different - but the styling is definitely far more exciting and modern, and in line with Toyota's current image.
Based on the TNGA-K platform, the all-new Harrier promises to handle impeccably while delivering exemplary ride comfort. It's a bit bigger, as is the norm for generational changes, but it remains just the right size for urban scenarios. The interior gets a serious revamp - not that it really needed it - to be a lot more driver focused. The head unit is of the floating-type that is the all-the-rage for everything from entry level hatchbacks to luxury large sedans, while leather (lookalike or real) clads many of the touch points.
While Singapore would be a reasonable comparison (as they also sell the Harrier there), it is also important to remember that our neighbours down south get more variants to appeal to a broader market, despite a smaller overall volume. They get both a 2.5-litre naturally aspirated variant with 170 hp and a CVT-type automatic transmission sending power to the front wheels, as well as a hybrid variant with a total system output of 215 hp, combining the same 2.5-litre engine with a 118 hp electric motor.
Toyota Safety Sense? Expect it to be as standard, especially at the price point the Harrier will most likely sit in. The Toyota RAV4 already sits at a hefty RM 215,665 for the range-topper, which means the Harrier will only be more expensive. Still, you can expect features such as keyless entry, dual-zone climate control, eight-way power adjustable driver and passenger seats, a hands-free powered tailgate, and a panoramic glass roof - depending on variant, of course.
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