2014 3rd gen Toyota Harrier is 4-cylinder only; may or may not be Lexus RX

Ahead of its grand unveiling at the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show, Toyota has released more details and pictures of its new, so far Japan-only, Harrier SUV. Still no word yet as to whether this car is, or will form the base of, the next generation Lexus RX.

The new Toyota Harrier will be offered with a hybrid drivetrain with a total of 143kW of power at its disposal. The hybrid system mixes a 112kW/206Nm 2.5-litre petrol engine with a 105kW/270Nm electric motor up front and a 50kW/139Nm at the rear. Although there’s no physical driveline connection between the front and the rear axles, the rear electric motor gives the new Harrier an electric (and electronic) four-wheel drive system. Under Japan’s exceptionally generous JC08 measuring standard the new Harrier Hybrid drinks just 4.6L/100km.

A conventionally powered model is also available, and is powered by a 2-litre petrol engine with 111kW of power and 193Nm of torque shepherded to the ground via a continuously variable transmission (CVT). In Japan it’s rated as drinking just 6.25L/100km.

Equipment available in the third generation Harrier includes lane keeping assistance; automatic high beams; surround view cameras; 17- or 18-inch alloy wheels; and LED tail-lights. The entertainment and nav system uses a regular Toyota touchscreen rather than Lexus’ Remote Touch system, although it does feature capacitive shortcut buttons.


Length: 4,720mm
Height: 1,660mm
Width: 1,835mm
Wheelbase: 2,660mm

Derek Fung

Derek Fung

Derek has a lifelong love for all things automotive, from the dullest Camry to record shattering Bugattis. Prior to starting up Between the Axles he was a reviewer for CNET Australia and the founding editor of its Car Technology channel. [Read more]