Toyota has recently made some minor improvements to the Harrier in Japan. Aside from some small tweaks in features, it also saw the debut of the 2022 Toyota Harrier PHEV (plug-in hybrid).
Offered with only one variant, the Z grade, the Harrier PHEV looks largely similar to its petrol and hybrid variants with the only main difference being a unique mesh front grille design.
Powering the Harrier PHEV is a 2.5-litre Dynamic Force engine that is also shared with the hybrid variants. That unit produces 177 PS/219 Nm and is paired with two electric motors in the front (182 PS/270 Nm) and rear (54 PS/121 Nm).
That gives a combined output of 306 PS which makes it the most powerful Harrier on sale. This powertrain is also seen in the Lexus NX 450h+ and the Toyota RAV4 Prime with both SUVs also sharing the same TNGA-K platform.
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Juicing up the Harrier PHEV is an 18.1 kWh lithium-ion battery which has a claimed EV range of 93 km. Charging the plug-in Harrier takes 5 hours and 30 minutes via a 200 V outlet or 33 hours through a 100 V outlet.
Exclusive to the Harrier PHEV is an external power supply system with a maximum of 1,500 W, rear heated seats, and a panoramic view monitor with an underfloor transparent display function.
As for the updates on the 2022 Toyota Harrier range in Japan, all of them now come standard with a larger 12.3-inch infotainment display with in-vehicle Wi-Fi and a 12.3-inch TFT multi-information display.
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On the safety front, the improved Toyota Safety Sense (TSS) ADAS now comes standard across all Japanese-spec Harrier. It now includes the function to detect oncoming vehicles and pedestrians when turning at an intersection.
The 2022 Toyota Harrier PHEV is priced from JPY 6.2 million (~RM 198k). There’s no telling whether the Harrier PHEV will make it into Malaysia and the luxury crossover is only available here in one variant – the naturally-aspirated petrol-powered 2.0 Luxury which starts from RM 259,000.
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