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Following the success of the Alphard and Vellfire in recovering lost ground from grey importers / 'recon' dealers, UMW Toyota Motor (UMWT) hopes to repeat the same formula with the Harrier – by offering 5-year/unlimited mileage warranty, English language infotainment controls and owner’s manual ('recon' models have Japanese language controls), support from Toyota’s after-sales network covering not just maintenance and repairs but also recalls.
This all-new Toyota Harrier is quite a departure from its predecessors. It’s no longer related to the Lexus RX but instead shares the same platform as the smaller Lexus NX. UMWT up the ante for their Harrier models by offering a much more powerful turbocharged 2.0-litre engine that produces 231 PS of power and 350 Nm of torque, versus the 'recon' dealers that offer a relatively 'asthmatic' 151PS / 193 Nm naturally aspirated engine hauling an SUV weighing over 1.6 tonnes.
The turbocharged engine is mated to a 6-speed conventional automatic transmission that only drives the front wheels.
The Toyota Harrier has similar dimensions to traditional mid-size SUVs, such as Honda CR-V, Nissan X-Trail, Mazda CX-5 - 4.725 meters long, 1.835 meters wide and a wheelbase of 2.66 meters.
The Harrier offered by UMWT is available in two variants, Premium priced from RM238,000 and Luxury priced from RM259,900.
Standard features in both variants are: 18-inch tyres and wheels, LED head lamps with sequential indicator lamps, auto folding side mirrors with puddle lamps, auto tilt-away steering column, 'ultrasuede' seat covering, 7-inch infotainment system with HDMI, Wi-fi and reverse camera, and Toyota Safety Sense.
The Harrier is the first model from UMWT that offers Toyota Safety Sense. The advanced driving assistance system comprises of adaptive cruise control, autonomous emergency braking, active lane keeping assist and adaptive high-beam.
Upgrading to the Luxury variant gets you: Panoramic moonroof, powered tailgate, rain-sensing wipers, nano-e ionizer, Nappa leather upholstery, powered front seat adjustment with driver's memory and ventilation function, and auto-dimming rearview mirror.
All new Toyota Harrier models will be backed by a 5-year unlimited mileage warranty that is transferrable to the next owner shall all terms and conditions be met.
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- Body Type: SUV
- Transmission: Automatic
- Engine Capacity: 1998 cc
- Fuel Type: Petrol
- Seat Capacity: 5
- Price: RM 243,000 - RM 266,000
03 Jul 2018
Toyota Harrier 2.0T Luxury – Late To Market But Worth The Wait
As quick as it was on a straight line, it felt more planted than we expected it to be while along long sweeping corners. When thrown around tighter bends, the fact that it is a typical top-heavy SUV became apparent as there was still body roll.View full review