Toyota Harrier has been a doppelgänger for North America's Lexus RX – at some points, it was little more than a badge-swap and a few options away, at least aesthetically. That appears to be changing with this just-revealed new generation at the Tokyo Motor Show.
That's because this two-row, five-seat Toyota
is in possession of a bold new look, dominated by a jutting,
baleen-like grille edged in chrome, along with new headlamps and fascia.
The greenhouse has likewise been revamped and gotten more pointed at
the rump, which has new taillights, a resurfaced tailgate and a faux
rear diffuser. Were it to be ported over to North American Lexus
dealers intact, the Harrier's look would be jarring in light of the
brand's spindle-grille-based design language, so we suspect that if the
RX gets any of these updates (it was just refreshed for 2013), it will
strike out on a different path visually.
Unlike the US RX, the new Harrier will rely on smaller-displacement
four-cylinder engines, namely a 2.0-liter paired with a continuously
variable transmission or a 2.5-liter four backed up by an electric
motor. We'd like to see a smaller-displacement option for the US RX (it
presently runs with 3.5-liter V6 engines in both gas-only and hybrid
guise), but suspect it won't arrive until the next all-new model.