The Toyota Harrier is a mid-size crossover SUV sold since December 1997 by Toyota. It is named for the Eastern marsh harrier, a bird of prey common to Hokkaidō and northern Honshū called the chuki in Japanese, and a bird’s head can be found on the grille.
Second generation models released on 2 December 2013 in Japan for the gasoline model and 15 January 2014 for the hybrid, the XU60 series Harrier replaces not only its XU30 series namesake, but also the Toyota Vanguard (XA30).
Grades available in Japan include the Premium, Elegance and Grand for both the petrol and hybrid models as well as an Elegance G’s variant, a sportier version of the Elegance which includes a bodykit, lowered sport suspension, bigger wheels and brakes and new sports seats. The top-of-the-line Premium Advanced Package comes with JBL Greenedge audio with T-Connect 8″ touchscreen entertainment system with navigation and sensing features. A Style Mauve special edition and subsequently the Style Ash special edition was released after that.
The XU60 series Harrier was facelifted on 8 June 2017. For the facelift model, the Grand variant was removed and the Elegance became the base variant. A new variant Progress replaces the Premium as the high end variant. A Turbo model was also introduced with a 2.0 Turbocharged engine (8AR-FTS) and a 6-speed ECT transmission, while the 2.0 Naturally-aspirated and 2.5 Hybrid engines remain.
Toyota Safety Sense P safety features (adaptive cruise control, lane departure assist, pre-crash safety system, automatic high beam) are now standard across the board.
New interior colours were also introduced.
Choice of upholstery:
Standard for seats is UltraSuede™ by Toray Industries (in the centre) and Synthetic Leather at the sides and back. UltraSuede™ is similar to Alcantara™ by Alcantara Spa, Italy.
Luxury for seats is Genuine factory-fitted Nappa leather with aircon-ventilation. Also memory seats with side mirror position, steering wheel rake and reach position, and seat slide away for egress.