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2014 Toyota Harrier

Toyota has just released images of it's new 2014 Toyota Harrier, a crossover intended for the Japanese market. North American's shouldn't fret, this crossover SUV is nearly identical to the Lexus RX, which will be easy to get our hands on. That being said, we can consider the launch of the Harrier as a preview of the next generation of the Lexus RX, slated for 2015.

The 2014 Toyota Harrier is set to make it's public debut at the Tokyo Auto Show later this year, and available for sale this winter. In North America, the Lexus RX version will go on sale next year, up against the Lincoln MKX, Cadillac SRX and Audi's Q5. The Lexus RX is the best selling premium level crossover in the United States, and has been since it's introduction. It sold over 45,000 units in the first half of 2013 alone.

Featuring a large air intake similar to that of the Avalon, familiar greenhouse, prominently wider grille, sportier looking tailgate with spoiler, slimmer headlights and a more aggressive looking front end, the new model has indeed been tweaked. Toyota has not yet released details of the powertrain line-up, but rumours are swirling that there will be at least one hybrid option available.

The Toyota Harrier originally debuted in Japan in late 1997, beginning as a compact sized vehicle and getting bigger in subsequent generations. The name was withdrawn with the release of the third generation in 2010, though the crossover continued to sell under the Lexus RX brand. It's won numerous awards since it's inception, and continues to do so. Most recently, the last generation won the Kelley Blue Book Best Resale Value Award for Luxury Utility Vehicle, Residual Value Award for Near Luxury SUV from Automotive Lease Guide and in 2013 was named the most dependable vehicle in the U.S. by J.D. Power and Associates.

By Linda Aylesworth - autoExpert.ca

 

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