For all Japanese carmakers, the domestic market is a matter of prestige. Therefore, you can find a lot of models that are exclusively offered in this country and possibly few more markets in the same part of the world. The Harrier is one of these models. It is a mid-size crossover, which belongs pretty much to the premium segment, despite it wears “Toyota” badge. The current generation is on the market since 2013 and it looks like it will be redesigned soon, which seems natural, considering the current situation in the automotive industry. The 2019 Toyota Harrier could easily be the last year-model of the current generation. So, it’s no wonder that it came with a typical design, without more important changes. It offers a very smooth ride, efficient engine and quite decent off-road capabilities.
2019 Toyota Harrier Redesign
In terms of base design characteristics, the Harrier hasn’t changed too much for all these years of production. As we mentioned, the current generation is on the market since 2013 and it is one of the rare models in the company’s lineup that hasn’t switched to the new TNGA platform yet. This model rides on a familiar K Platform, the same one that was used in the previous-generation Camry and current crossovers like Highlander and Lexus RX. Of course, this model has more in common with its SUV siblings. While the mechanical aspect of the crossover is pretty much identical, 2019 Toyota Harrier continue with its distinctive styling.
In terms of the overall shape, it is closer to the luxurious RX, especially if we consider that it features three rows of seating. Still, aesthetics are significantly different. This model comes with a styling that is typical for the domestic market. Although with the “Toyota” badge, it doesn’t follow the brand’s design language, but rather with its own styling, which is characterized by pretty clean lines, sleek layout and quite large lighting groups. Latest reports suggest that we won’t see bigger changes before the redesign.
2019 Toyota Harrier Interior
The interior of the 2019 Toyota Harrier continues in the pretty much same way as previous year models. In terms of base design characteristics, this cabin features just two rows of seating, unlike most mid-size crossover. Therefore, you can count on plenty of legroom, as well as on a very generous cargo area. A three-row version is also available. The thing that makes this cabin great is a high level of overall quality. All materials are soft-on touch and will last for decades. It would be pretty much legal to say Lexus-like materials. Seats are also very massive and supportive, perfect for long journeys.
Of course, it would be useful to mention that this crossover comes with a very long list of standard equipment. You can count on all latest tech goodies, including things like touchscreen interface, navigation, smartphone integration and much more. Also, there is a pretty long list of advanced safety features and driver aids. You can count on things like a rearview camera, a pre-collision warning and braking system with pedestrian detection, automatic high beams, rain-sensing windshield wipers, lane departure warning, lane keep assist and many more.
2019 Toyota Harrier Engines
Unlike its siblings that are available in North America, the Harrier doesn’t come with V6 units, but rather with more efficient four-cylinder engines. Base models feature a familiar 2.0-liter turbo inline-four unit, which is good for about 235 horsepower. Such amount of power is definitely enough for some decent ride quality, not to mention amazing mpg ratings. Speaking of the mpg ratings, there is also a super-efficient hybrid version in the offer. It is a system that also powers the famous Camry sedan. Based on a 2.5-liter gasoline engine, this system delivers around 205 horsepower but more importantly, class-leading fuel economy.
2019 Toyota Harrier Release Date and Price
The 2019 Toyota Harrier is already available on the market. Base models are available at around 35.000 dollars.
2019 Toyota Harrier Redesign
As we already mentioned, the 2019 Toyota Harrier will be one of the last year models of the current generation. A new model is about to come in the next couple of years and it should bring a lot of novelties. Count on all kinds of improvements. First of all, the new model will ride on a new TNGA platform, which promises much better driving dynamics and further improvements in terms of efficiency. Of course, this redesign will also bring new styling and lots of new technologies. Of course, this refers not just to driver aids, but further development in terms of electrification as well. Some reports even suggest an all-electric version in the offer. Other than the potential electric version, the new generation should also continue with both standard gasoline and a hybrid powertrain.