The new Toyota Harrier is now officially available
It is not available in Zimbabwe. It has never been officially sold in Zimbabwe but it remains a favourite with some as grey import.
Unlike the previous SUV (Harrier Turbo), which has a turbocharged 2-litre engine, the new Harrier is available with two engines.
There’s a naturally aspirated 2-litre 4-pot, and a petrol-electric hybrid equipped with a 2.5-litre inline-4 and electric motor.
The new Harrier looks much sleeker than its predecessor. Apart from the curvier front end, flowing lines continue from the grille to the headlights, lending this SUV a more upmarket look.
Toyota says that the Harrier’s flanks have a “dynamically changing body cross-section” and feature “sports car-like” wheel housings. At the rear, the slim LED tail-lights emphasize the vehicle’s width. There are six paint colours to choose from.
Designers have given the new Toyota Harrier a calming interior with the use of low-contrast brown and black hues. The centre console is supposedly inspired by a horse’s saddle.
Key enhancements include a larger infotainment display and air-con controls that are no longer blocked by the gearshift knob.
To give the cabin an upmarket air, electrochromic glass is used for the panorama sunroof. When the glass is dimmed, the effect is supposedly similar to light being filtered through paper windows.
TOYOTA HARRIER: SAFETY
The latest Harrier is equipped with Toyota Safety Sense, the carmaker’s suite of safety features.
Safety Sense functions include Lane Tracing Assist, Lane Departure Alert and Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert. It also comes with Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, which can help the driver deal with traffic jams.
A Heads-Up display helps drivers stay focused on the road. Meanwhile, the Digital Inner Mirror, which uses video feed to provide rearward visibility, enables drivers to see behind even if the rear windscreen is obscured by backseat passengers.
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY
The all-new Toyota Harrier is available at Borneo Motors in two models – Harrier (petrol) and Harrier Hybrid. Buyers who opt for the latter have Premium and Luxury variants to choose from.
At time of writing, the Harrier currently starts from $160,888 with COE.
Toyota Harrier 2.0 (A)
ENGINE 1987cc, 16-valves, inline-4
MAX POWER 127Kw at 6600rpm
MAX TORQUE 203Nm at 4400-4900rpm
POWER TO WEIGHT 80Kw per ton
0-100KM/H 9.7 seconds
TOP SPEED 190km/h
CONSUMPTION 15.4km/L (combined)
Toyota Harrier Hybrid 2.5 (A)
ENGINE 2487cc, 16-valves, inline-4, hybrid
ENGINE POWER 131Kw at 5700rpm
ENGINE TORQUE 221Nm at 3600-5200rpm
ELECTRIC MOTOR POWER 88Kw
ELECTRIC MOTOR TORQUE 202Nm
TOTAL SYSTEM POWER 160Kw
POWER TO WEIGHT 95Kw per ton
0-100KM/H 8.1 seconds
TOP SPEED 180km/h