Slated to launch on June 2020 in Japan, the soon-to-be all-new Harrier will arrive with a hybrid drivetrain, upmarket interior and new features.
Toyota Motor Corporation says that the upcoming 2020 Toyota Harrier (XU80) will make its debut in June 2020. The fourth-generation will get a new look, Toyota’s Dynamic Force Engines, improved refinement and new active and passive safety systems.
The XU80 Toyota Harrier is based on the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) GA-K platform, which is the same as the Lexus ES and Toyota Camry saloons. The XU80 Harrier’s suspension layout consists of MacPherson struts at the front and double-wishbone at the rear.
Toyota says that the XU80 Harrier’s steering response and feel are improved through tuned shock absorber to run at lower stroke speeds under 2mm/s. Moreover, the new Harrier will come with Active Cornering Assist (ACA) to prevent understeer.
In Japan, the XU80 Harrier will come in three model variants “S”, “G” and “Z”. In addition, both G and Z variants will also come with the optional “Leather Package” for owners opting for true animal hide, instead of the standard synthetic alternative.
The XU80 Harrier will come with the hybrid 2.5-litre A25A-FXS Dynamic Force Engine. And the non-hybrid 2.0-litre M20A-FKS Dynamic Force Engine.
In addition, the hybrid powertrain will come with the Electric continuously variable transmission. While the non-hybrid comes with the Direct Shift-CVT. Also, both drivetrain options will come with 2WD and 4WD versions; the Dynamic Torque Control 4WD will drive the regular Harrier, while the Hybrid model will receive the E-Four 4WD system.
To complement the new cabin design, the new Harrier receives additional sound-absorbing and vibration-controlling materials and use of sound-absorbing windows. The new Harrier will also get a panoramic glass roof for the first time. This comes with electric shades and electro-chromatic windows.
Infotainment wise, the new Harrier features T-Connect SD navigation system with 12.3-inch TFT wide touch-display screen, with SmartDeviceLink (SDL) smartphone connectivity. However, the addition of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto wasn’t mentioned in the release. The new Harrier will also come with a 9-speaker JBL premium sound system.
The new Harrier will come with Toyota Safety Sense, which uses a pre-collision safety system that detects pedestrians and cyclists. Furthermore, the Intelligent Clearance Sonar with Parking Support Brakes (Stationary Objects) help reduce and mitigate damage from collisions in low-speed driving scenarios.
Besides that, Toyota Lane Tracing Assist (LTA), adaptive cruise control, adaptive headlamps with automatic high-beam, Road Sign Assist (RSA), Traffic Movement Notification and Blind Spot Monitor will be part of the new Harrier’s list of features.
Also a first for Toyota is the Digital Inner Mirror. The rearview mirror comes fitted with a fullscreen digital monitor which relays images from the Harrier’s front and rear cameras.
The hybrid Harrier models will feature a 100-volt AC accessory power outlet. Not only enabling the operation of household electrical appliances but function as a generator during blackouts or times of emergency.
As mentioned, the all-new fourth-generation Toyota Harrier will make its official debut in Japan June this year. There is no indication of prices or when the new Harrier will make it to markets outside of Japan.
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