Toyota previews next Lexus RX with Tokyo-bound JDM Harrier

November 13, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Japan , Tokyo Motor Show , Crossover , Toyota The Lexus RX shares much with the Toyota Highlander , but its more direct counterpart is the Toyota Harrrier. Never heard of it? That’s because Toyota only sells it at home in Japan, and now it’s revealed a new one. So if the Harrier is essentially a Toyota-badged version of the RX, then what’s the big deal, you ask? The big deal is that the new Harrier which leaked in July, set to debut at the Tokyo Motor Show next week and which you see here isn’t quite the same as the Lexus , and those differences could (and in most cases likely will) make their way over to the RX as well. For starters, the styling is different. Granted that the Lexus version will almost certainly get a spindle-shaped grille, but even so, the Harrier’s nose seems to protrude further than the RX’s and the headlamps are a notably different shape. The greenhouse is also a different shape, coming to a sharper point at the back, and the mirrors are fixed to the A-pillar not to the door panel. The taillamps are revised, the tailgate has a new profile and there’s a pseudo-diffuser at the bottom of the rear bumper. Subtle changes, to be sure, but then Toyota and Lexus are known for their evolutionary approach to styling.

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2015 Toyota Harrier

The Lexus RX shares much with the Toyota Highlander, but its more direct counterpart is the Toyota Harrrier. Never heard of it? That’s because Toyota only sells it at home in Japan, and now it’s revealed a new one. So if the Harrier is essentially a Toyota-badged version of the RX, then what’s the big deal, you ask? The big deal is that the new Harrier which leaked in July, set to debut at the Tokyo Motor Show next week and which you see here isn’t quite the same as the Lexus, and those differences could (and in most cases likely will) make their way over to the RX as well.

For starters, the styling is different. Granted that the Lexus version will almost certainly get a spindle-shaped grille, but even so, the Harrier’s nose seems to protrude further than the RX’s and the headlamps are a notably different shape. The greenhouse is also a different shape, coming to a sharper point at the back, and the mirrors are fixed to the A-pillar not to the door panel. The taillamps are revised, the tailgate has a new profile and there’s a pseudo-diffuser at the bottom of the rear bumper. Subtle changes, to be sure, but then Toyota and Lexus are known for their evolutionary approach to styling. The interior has apparently undergone some updates as well, with a more dynamically styled dashboard, a more symmetrical center stack and different seats, steering wheel, door panels… the works. The infotainment display screen has also moved further down from its position in the current RX.

Toyota will offer the new Harrier with a 2.0-liter four mated to a CVT and driving either the front wheels or all four, and a hybrid setup with a 2.5-liter married to a 140-hp electric motor. The RX is offered here with a 3.5-liter V6 either on its own or with an electric assist. We wouldn’t expect Lexus to go swapping the larger engines for the smaller ones, at least not for the US market. There’s plenty more to the Harrier, of course, than the similarities and differences to the Lexus RX, and if you’re buying a premium crossover in Japan, you can delve into the full details in the press release below, together with the images in the gallery above.

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