This is a model for Japanese market named after a bird of prey. The bird’s stylized profile can be found on the grille.
From March 1998 to July 2013, Toyota rebadged the Harrier for export markets as the Lexus RX. Previous updates were made in 2013.
At that time, the Harrier turned into an independent model retaining a formal resemblance to the RX but riding of a separate platform.
The new 2021 Toyota Harrier will be available as a hybrid model powered by a 2.5-liter inline-four engine with one or two electric motors, and an electric continuously variable transmission (CTV). The output is 218 hp (FWD version) or 222 hp (AWD variant).
A gasoline (petrol) modification will be on offer too. It gets power from a 4-cylinder 2.0-liter 171-hp engine with 153 lb-ft (207 Nm) of torque. The unit works in combination with a direct shift CVT.
Both hybrid and gasoline Harriers offer a choice of front- and all-wheel drive.
The new Harrier receives a number of modern driver and safety assistance functions including the Toyota Safety Sense family.
19-inch wheels are standard. 7 exterior colors are available. The 2021 Harrier is the first Toyota with a digital cabin mirror.
Toyota confirms the market launch in June 2020.