Toyota seems satisfied with the sales of Fortuner and Innova. But don’t underestimate the Japanese carmaker. They are planning to bring in some new cars in India. One of these cars could be the Toyota Harrier. Obviously Toyota will have to launch the car with a different name, make sure there are plans for localization and also see if the market is viable for this car to turn a profit. Will it sit in this segment as a unique offering. In this article, we will discuss what the Harrier has to offer.
The Toyota Harrier is a five-seater crossover-style SUV. The car is built around the Toyota New Global Architecture K platform which is currently used in Toyota’s sedans and SUVs. The Harrier gives a mix of both worlds versatile as an SUV and driving comfort of a sedan. The interior of the car is spacious with ventilated front row seats, the rear seats get a 60:40 split. The lithium battery pack is quite small and is installed under the rear seats.
The Harrier comes with a 2.5-litre Dynamic Force four-cylinder DOHC petrol engine that produces 219bhp and 221Nm of torque mated to an electronically controlled continuously variable transmission (ECVT). The car is currently offered in an all-wheel-drive variant globally. But Toyota might introduce a lower variant with front-wheel drive and keep the all-wheel-drive for a more premium top-end variant. The Harrier is 4740mm in length, 1854mm in width, 1674mm in height, and comes with a wheelbase of 2690mm.
The Toyota Harrier is offered with a long list of features that includes a 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system, nine JBL speakers, a seven-inch MID, digital rear-view mirror, 10-inch color head-up display, panoramic sunroof, heated and ventilated front-row seats. The list of safety features is also long with features like Pre-Collision System (PCS) with daytime /low light vehicle and pedestrian detection, plus daytime bicycle detection. Full-speed range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC), Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist (LDAw/SA), Automatic High Beam (AHB), Lane Tracing Assist (LTA), Road Sign Assist (RSA). The car is also equipped with a 360-degree camera. The car also comes with eight airbags for added safety.
Toyota will try to bring this as a CKD unit to keep a check on the prices of Harrier. Once the car gains popularity Toyota might start manufacturing this car in India as well. Looking at the current scenario the car is expected to come with a price tag of Rs 38 lakh (ex-showroom). The car is expected to compete with Volkswagen Tiguan, Hyundai Tucson, Citroen C5 Aircross, and MG Gloster.
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