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2015 Toyota Harrier Premium 2.0 2WD (ZSU60W)
|Also called||Lexus RX (1998–2013)|
|Production||December 1997 – present|
|Body and chassis|
|Body style||5-door SUV|
The Toyota Harrier (Japanese: トヨタ・ハリアー Toyota Hariā) is a compact, later mid-size crossover SUV sold by Toyota since December 1997 in Japan and is exclusive to Toyopet Store Japanese dealerships. In export markets, the Harrier was rebadged as the Lexus RX from March 1998 to July 2013. At this stage, Toyota had yet to retail the Lexus brand to its Japanese customers.
The second generation model debuted in February 2003, along with the export Lexus version. The third generation RX arrived in late 2008, while the Harrier continued on in second generation form unchanged. Lexus had by now made its debut in Japan as an independent marque, thus the third generation RX was sold in the domestic market in the same livery as its export counterpart.
Toyota refreshed the Harrier in 2013, when it morphed into an independent model line constructed on a separate platform from the RX but retaining a visual link with it.
The Harrier is named for the eastern marsh harrier, a bird of prey common to Hokkaidō and northern Honshū called the chuki in Japanese, and an emblem depicting the bird in stylized profile can be found on the grille.
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|Production||November 2013 – present|
|Assembly||Japan: Toyota City, Aichi (Takaoka plant)|
|Body and chassis|
|Platform||Toyota New MC platform|
|Wheelbase||2,660 mm (104.7 in)|
|Length||4,720–4,770 mm (185.8–187.8 in)|
|Width||1,835 mm (72.2 in)|
|Height||1,690 mm (66.5 in)|
|Kerb weight||1,560–1,810 kg (3,439–3,990 lb)|
Released on 2 December 2013 in Japan for the petrol model and 15 January 2014 for the hybrid model, the XU60 series Harrier replaces not only its XU30 series namesake, but also the XA30 Vanguard. Unlike the second and third generation RX, which is built on the K platform, the XU60 Harrier derives from the RAV4's New MC underpinnings.
Trim levels available in Japan include Premium, Elegance and Grand for both the petrol and hybrid models as well as Elegance G's, a sportier version of Elegance trim which includes a bodykit, lowered sport suspension, bigger wheels, brakes and sports seats. The top-of-the-line Premium Advanced Package comes with JBL GreenEdge audio with 8-inch T-Connect touchscreen entertainment system with navigation and sensing features. A Style Mauve special edition and subsequently the Style Ash special edition was released later.
The XU60 series Harrier received a facelift on 8 June 2017. For the facelift model, the Grand trim was removed and Elegance became the base trim. The Progress trim replaces Premium as the high-end trim. A "Turbo" model was also introduced with a 2.0 L turbocharged 8AR-FTS engine mated to a 6-speed ECT automatic transmission, while the 2.0 L naturally-aspirated 3ZR-FAE and 2.5 L 2AR-FXE hybrid engines remain.
The XU60 series Harrier was the first Harrier to be officially sold outside of Japan. This generation is currently sold officially in Singapore and Malaysia. In Malaysia, it was introduced in 9 November 2017 with two trim levels offered: Premium and Luxury. Both trim levels are powered by a 2.0 L 8AR-FTS engine.
- "Japanese Production Sites". Toyota. 6 March 2015. Archived from the original on 18 March 2015.
- "Redesigned Toyota 'Harrier' Crossover SUV to Launch in Japan" (Press release). Toyota City, Aichi: Toyota Global Newsroom. 13 November 2013. Retrieved 21 October 2019.
- Lee, Jonathan (9 November 2017). "2018 Toyota Harrier Malaysia prices announced – 2.0T Premium at RM238,000, 2.0T Luxury at RM259,900". Paultan.org. Malaysia: Driven Communications. Retrieved 21 October 2019.
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- Official website (Japan)