The new and highly awaited 2017 Toyota Harrier, which will be a refresh of Toyota’s flagship luxury crossover, is coming as a refresh of the previous model. The model comes with restyled front and rear, plus a cabin loaded with unique options. The model comes across as an evolution of the design started with the popular Harrier, which will bow down for good some time this year. The only downside of the resfresh may be that the updates haven’t affected the powertrain, which still comes with the old 2.5-liter engine, which, though fairly efficient in terms of fuel ratings, lacks of bit of punch.
Exterior and Interior
The front definitely picks up where the predecessor left off with deeply chiseled front and boldly executed grille and composite headlamps, which are slightly toned down for this iteration, while the air dam offers a new look with a chrome surround. The restyled pillars blend in nicely with hitched beltline with high strength steel plates, and fender that wrap around 17- and 19-inch wheels. Around back the short overhangs and banked taillights give a sporty impression. The taillights offer new LED lights and three rows of lamps featuring gradient brightness.
The updated styling is also visible in the updated cabin which offers premium materials with stylish aluminum or chrome accents, depending on the trim. There is also contrast stitching on display as well as wood grain finish. Following the last generation the Japanese automarker outfitted the interior with a whole bunch of safety features, such as a lane departure alert and early collision warning. There is also the Toyota Harrier Clearance Sonar that detects obstacles strewn in the way and adjusts the engine output according to the situation. The 2017 Toyota Harrier comes with the most comfortable and attractive cabin to date easily accommodating up to five residents and offering ample cargo space, as well as enlarged leg room when compared to the previous model.
The 2017 Toyota Harrier comes with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that generates close on 155 horsepower and 145-pound feet of torque, coupled to the CVT gearbox and four-wheel drive as standard. We can expext to see the same figures on the fuel ratings as in its predecessor, and these were 37 mpg combined.
2017 Toyota Harrier Price and Release Date
The 2017 Toyota Harrier will start coming off assembly line no later than the fall of 2016, if we are to believe the rumors. Considering the price of the predecessor, it seems likely that the new model will be priced at approximately $45,000 before options.