2014 Toyota Harrier previews next-generation Lexus RX

Article by Christian A., on July 27, 2013

These are the first photos with the 2014 Toyota Harrier that will be unveiled later this year. As you can see from the photos, the 2014MY Harrier looks more luxurious than its predecessor and its design looks inspired by the Lexus RX. In fact, this new-generation Harrier could inspire the next-gen Lexus RX, but there isn’t something official yet.

Regarding the 2014 Harrier, the new model features a more prominent front grille, larger air intakes and a stylish rear end with wide taillights. The models shown in the pictures is actually the hybrid version, but currently there isn’t any info regarding the engine, although it is believed to use the same 3.5-liter V6 found on the Lexus RX450h.

The next-generation Lexus RX is expected to be inspired by this new Harrier model but more details will be revealed this winter, when Toyota will bring it at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show or at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show, that take place at the end of November.

During the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, the new and upgraded Lexus RX model range made its world debut. Along with the new RX’s aggressive and elegant new frontal design is an enhanced interior with an expanded color scheme selection, new steering wheel, new trim finishes, a second generation RTI (Remote Touch Interface), and a revised instrument binnacle.

Further showcasing the versatility of the European flagship RX 450h’s Lexus Hybrid Drive system is a new Sport mode in addition to the full hybrid powertrain’s Normal, Eco and EV (electric only) drive modes. A separate switch can activate the EV mode.

The new Lexus RX, which comes with a new F SPORT variant, further enhances its dynamic and sporting character to attract new customers to the model lineup. This version is estimated to make up about 30% of future sales within the range.

This new version, the F SPORT, showcases bespoke design for its exterior and interior as well as driving dynamics technology. With the introduction of the first RX models in 1998, Lexus has formed the Luxury SUV segment. This new category marks the first time that the versatility, practicality, and sturdiness of a Sports Utility Vehicle is combined with the handling, performance, and refinement and comfort of a luxury sedan.

Topics: toyota, lexus, lexus rx, suv

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