Published on April 13th, 2020 | by Subhash Nair


4th Gen Toyota Harrier Details Revealed, Launch in June

Last week, a leaked teaser video showed what the 4th generation Toyota Harrier would look like. The photos and videos were blurry and no details were officially revealed – though we could put a few details together based on Toyota’s roadmap and other product patterns. Today, Toyota officially shows more images of the upcoming Harrier and lays out all the details.

The new Toyota Harrier is scheduled for a June 2020 launch. The new design is more premium and sporty and is shown here in Precious Black Pearl (also an option on the Toyota Crown).

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The Harrier looks more expensive and high-end than ever, yet there’s a lineage here that can be drawn to the current 3rd gen model. The silhouette makes the SUV look longer, almost like a Lexus RX. The single piece rear taillight is a great touch and is very much in vogue now with the latest Porsche 911 and many Audis sporting this look.

Toyota have also stepped up their design game inside with great use of leather, stitching, piping and wood throughout. A Toyota first is the electro-chromatic panoramic sunroof. The glass can be dimmed to provide shade without having to physically cover them. There’s also a Digital Inner Mirror, which allows the recording of images to the front and rear of the vehicle while driving. If we’re understanding that right, it’s pretty cool, essentially a front and rear digital video recorded that’s integrated into the rear view mirror.

The Harrier is built on the TNGA-K platform which has McPherson struts in front and double wishbones in the rear. A 2.5-litre Hybrid and a 2-litre turbocharged petrol (new engine) model are planned. Toyota Safety Sense will be a feature on this new Harrier too. Here are the engine, transmission and driveline options planned.

More details in the press release below.

Press Release

Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota) announced that it plans to release its new model Harrier in around June 2020.

Since its debut in 1997, the Harrier has continued to lead the way by pioneering a new “Urban SUV”*1 genre that is not constrained by traditional categorization.

From the first moment seeing, riding, or driving off in the new Harrier, it resonates with a focus on sensory quality. Rather than relying on utility and numerical performance, Toyota’s goal was to create a unique presence that fills the heart with its elegance. As a result, it created a vehicle that goes beyond the SUV category to offer new value as “a life-enriching partner.”

In a clear distinction from other SUVs, the Harrier brings together simplicity, elegance, and robustness in a fluent coupe form. Its high-quality interior space provides a sense of security from the first moment inside the cabin. As the vehicle drives off, a feeling of comfort is engendered through responsive driving performance, while the quiet cabin leads naturally to pleasurable conversations with friends. Spending time with the new Harrier will be an enriching experience.

Main features of the new Harrier

Fluid proportions with a solid stance

  • The new Harrier has a front view that emphasizes its sharp and fearless styling through the continuity of lines flowing from the front upper grill through to the headlamps. The signature lamps*2 emphasize the individuality and technical advancement of the new Harrier, enabling it to be easily distinguished from a distance.
  • Despite a simple structure, the side view offers a dynamically changing body cross section that creates a rich expressiveness while giving a powerful sense of movement.
  • The combination of a narrowed coupe cabin with sports car-like wheel housings extending from both sides of the body gives a generous ruggedness to the rear view. The light from a thin, sharp line of tail lamps and stop lamps gives it an overwhelming sense of presence.
  • A total of seven muted colors are available, including Precious Black Pearl, to show off the beautifully changing shades.

Pleasant, high quality interior space

  • The center console presents a wide and imposing impression of a horse’s saddle. It combines with an instrument panel set within the edges of the saddle to present a generous ruggedness with an emphasis on individuality.
  • Extending out from the instrument panel to the door trims on either side, the rich and full dashboard presents a generous breadth, wrapping around the occupants to give a sense of security and comfort.
  • The interior employs tactile synthetic leather to create the image of a natural-looking silhouette wrapped in thick leather, and bentwood-inspired*3 wood tones and piping throughout, presenting a casual air of quality.
  • A panorama roof, used for the first time by Toyota, is equipped with electric shades and electro-chromatic windows. Dimming the windows fosters a feeling of quality as soft light penetrates the cabin.
  • The interior employs low-contrast browns, grays, and blacks. This calming atmosphere gives the interior space a feeling that is both chic and mature.

Driving pleasure and a comfortable ride

  • The new Harrier uses the TNGA (GA-K) platform for its basic structure. This creates a highly rigid body with a low center of gravity in pursuit of both ride comfort and vehicle driving performance with a focus on driver sensitivity.
  • The suspension system benefits from MacPherson struts at the front and a double wishbone setup at the rear. The front and rear suspension geometry has also been optimized to produce a well-balanced rigid body. Through thorough tuning and testing, Toyota has pursued a ride that is both solid and graceful.
  • To improve steering convergence in the new Harrier, from the first moment driving off and then on the highways, shock absorbers that ensure smooth pedal stroke even in very low speed ranges*4 are used. This enables the driver to feel the tires gripping the road.
  • Active Cornering Assist (ACA) is employed for braking control to prevent understeering at corners. Coupled with an electric power steering system that responds quickly to steering wheel movement and provides light steering, this creates a feeling of comfort in the vehicle’s responsiveness.
  • The TNGA platform brings with it the latest all-new Dynamic Force Engine and Direct Shift-CVT. Together with the continually evolving Toyota Hybrid System (THS II), the vehicle achieves a direct driving experience and superior fuel performance. With hybrid specifications also including 2WD models, the new Harrier offers more options than ever.
  • The vehicle shows a commitment to addressing vibration and noise through the effective placement of sound-absorbing and vibration-controlling materials and use of highly efficient sound-absorbing windows. As a result, the vehicle achieves even greater comfort and quietness over a range of road conditions.

Advanced features for safety, security, comfort, and convenience

  • The new Harrier comes with Toyota Safety Sense, which employs a pre-collision safety system that detects pedestrians during the day and at night, as well as cyclists during the day.
  • It is fully equipped with safety equipment for safety and peace of mind, such as Intelligent Clearance Sonar with Parking Support Brakes (Stationary Objects) that helps reduce and/or mitigate damage from collisions during low-speed driving in parking lots, etc.
  • The Digital Inner Mirror, used for the first time by Toyota, enables recording of images to the front and rear of the vehicle while driving.
  • The hybrid model features a 100-volt (alternating current) / 1,500-watt accessory power outlet. This not only allows the use of electrical products using the same electrical outlets found in the home, but also enables the vehicle to be used as a power generator during blackouts and other times of emergency.
  • It features a T-Connect SD navigation system with 12.3-inch TFT wide touch-display screen, with SmartDeviceLink (SDL)*5 and other smartphone connectivity*6. The JBL premium sound system (9 speakers) creates an advanced and realistic acoustic space.

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