The all-new 2020 Toyota Harrier will officially go on sale in June. From the preliminary specifications released by Toyota, the Harrier appears to share many similarities with the Toyota RAV4. Why does Toyota have two SUVs in the same segment? Here’s a brief comparison.
It is true that both SUVs are very similar to each other. The Harrier and RAV4 are categorised in the same segment, built on the TNGA-K platform shared with the Toyota Camry. Both SUVs also share the same engines with similar power output; a 2.0-litre petrol engine M20A-FKS with 171 PS and 207 Nm and a 2.5-litre Hybrid petrol A25A-FXS with 218 PS and 221 Nm.
But the two SUVs cannot be more different. Think of it this way: the RAV4 puts the “U” in Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) while the Harrier has a little less focus on “U” with more precedence on “S” for Sports. In other words, the Harrier is the tuxedo wearing classy SUV while the RAV4 is the rugged practical sibling.
Though both cars have the same width and wheelbase measurements, the Harrier measures longer in length at 4,740 mm compared to the RAV4’s 4,600 mm. The Harrier’s length also puts the SUV closer to the BMW X3, Mercedes-Benz GLC, and even Lexus NX, which shares the same platform as the Harrier.
Both SUVs have the same ground clearance at 195 mm for the 2.0-litre variant and 190 mm for the 2.5-litre variant, the RAV4 just looks taller because it measures in at 1,690 mm compared to the Harrier’s 1,660 mm.
Being the classier SUV also means the Harrier will pack much more comfort features like higher quality leather seats, high resolution smart rear-view mirror, and JBL premium audio. The Harrier is also the first Toyota to come with a panoramic sunroof with electro-chromatic windows that dims when in contact with heat so the harsh glare of the sun is filtered into soft light when it enters the cabin.
Meanwhile, the RAV4 has an interior built with materials that are less sophisticated and more rugged for better durability.
Though it might not be as sophisticated as the Harrier, Toyota listed the RAV4 will still be packed with a ton of safety features like AEB, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control with Lane Tracing Assist (LTA), Road Sign Assist (RSA), and even Intelligent Clearance Sonar - specs to vary depending on market.
Toyota has yet to release more the details of the Harrier but from what they have listed, the Harrier will share most of the RAV4’s safety equipment with more add-on to the list.
What can we expect for Malaysia
In Malaysia, you can expect UMW Toyota to fit the soon-to-arrive RAV4 with the latest head unit similar to the updated Toyota Hilux and Toyota Fortuner so the RAV4 will most probably have Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity.
The out-going Harrier is currently still on sale in two flavours, the 2.0T Premium priced at RM 243,000 and 2.0T Luxury at RM 266,000. If UMW's plans are not delayed by Covid-19, we expect the RAV4 to make its debut at the end of 2020 while the all-new Harrier will most probably arrive in 2021.
Prices have yet to be announced, but we are guessing a circa RM 190,000 price tag, considering it will be imported (location still unconfirmed) and therefore should be priced higher than a locally-assembled Honda CR-V.