The 2021 Toyota Harrier shares its platform with the latest-gen RAV4 crossover
It was only recently that photos of the latest generation Toyota Harrier urban SUV (or crossover) were leaked online. Compared to the outgoing model, the all-new Toyota Harrier features significant improvements in terms of performance, styling and equipment. Introduced for the 2021 model year, the Toyota Harrier shares its TNGA (GA-K) platform with the new-gen RAV4 compact crossover and Lexus RX range. ‘TNGA’ expands to Toyota New Global Architecture while ‘GA-K’ refers to its transverse front-engine FWD or AWD powertrain.
One cannot simply ignore the premium SUV’s name since it clashes with that of Tata Motors’ Harrier five-seater SUV, the brand’s current flagship. This is the prime reason why Tata Motors introduced the Harrier in Europe and certain other global markets with the nametag ‘Buzzard’. Furthermore, the Toyota Harrier has been around for a long time compared to the relatively-new Harrier.
As mentioned before, the new-gen Toyota Harrier brings a host of changes. The vehicle has also grown a bit. Length, width and wheelbase stand at 4,470mm (+20mm), 1,855mm (+20mm) and 2,690mm (+30mm), respectively. However, to aid its sharp styling and aerodynamics, the SUV has dropped by 30mm in height to 1,660mm.
Besides a fresh set of studio shots, the internet has now received the 2020MY Harrier’s engine options and specifications. By employing the proven TNGA (GA-K) platform, Toyota was able to introduce it with a 2.0-litre Dynamic Force four-cylinder NA GDI petrol motor coupled to a Direct Shift-CVT unit. For the Japanese market, the 2020 Toyota Harrier will be available in a hybrid format as well — Toyota Hybrid System II (THS II).
The Dynamic Force unit generates roughly 169bhp and 207Nm of torque. It comes standard in FWD format while AWD is optional. On the other hand, the hybrid variant combines a 176bhp 2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol mill with an 88kW (118bhp) electric motor on the front axle. The hybrid powertrain also comes with a CVT unit.
The combined output stands at 215bhp in FWD format. The AWD hybrid variant adds a 40kW (53bhp) on the rear axle to push the total output to a slightly better 219bhp. Torque, real-world performance or fuel economy figures are not available at the moment.
Japan will be the first market to receive the 2021 Toyota Harrier, followed by certain ASEAN and European countries. The Indian market will not be receiving it, not only because we have already got a Harrier, but since its product placement would be a bit difficult among Toyota Kirloskar Motor’s current line-up.