Rumor: 4th-gen Toyota Harrier to expand to new markets as ‘Venza’

24-01-2020 10:20
The updated SUV should arrive later this year, and unofficial sources claim that it will expand its sales geography dramatically compared to the previous generation.

The updated SUV should arrive later this year, and unofficial sources claim that it will expand its sales geography dramatically compared to the previous generation.

The Toyota Harrier had originally been the Japanese domestic market counterpart of the Lexus RX. However, the latest generation, which debuted in 2013, switched to the architecture of the more affordable RAV4. It went through a minor facelift in 2017 (shown in the gallery and the video), and will switch to a new generation later this year.

The crossover will retain its typical Toyota look and will once again share the tech platform with the RAV4 – but the company says it means the TNGA-K platform of the new RAV4, rather than the old one.

The current-gen Harrier is longer than the RAV4 despite having a marginally shorter wheelbase. The new model is expected to grow larger in terms of both length and wheelbase. Additionally, while the latest RAV4 can only accommodate five people at most, the new Harrier could get a seven-seater version.

The engine range will also be borrowed from the RAV4 line, which means a choice between a 2.0-liter non-turbo and a 2.5-liter hybrid. That said, rumor has it that the Harrier might additionally ship with a new 2.0-liter turbocharged engine that its technical sibling lacks.

As for the international availability of the 2020 Toyota Harrier, sources say it will come to China and North America, where it will sell under the name Toyota Venza. The Japanese automaker used to produce an SUV with that name in 2008-2015 and mentioned last fall that it wanted to resurrect the Venza brand name.

Editor Andrew Raspopov
  • Comments
    | 0
  • Facebook
  • VK
    | 0

Forma Car Recommends

Auto Show 25-09-2020
Multiple hypercars have run a demo lap before the start of this year’s 24-hour endurance race on the famed Circuit de la Sarthe, a.k.a. Le Mans. Heading what looked like $10+ million worth of vehicles was the all-electric Carmen by Hispano Suiza.
Technology 24-09-2020
BMW has updates engine ranges in multiple car series, including the 545e xDrive Hybrid coming up this fall (see video) and many others.
Novelties 24-09-2020
After a waiting time that seemed only too long, Volkswagen finally took the wraps of its first production SUV powered by batteries: the ID.4.
Novelties 23-09-2020
The 2021 Range Rover Velar has arrived in Europe with almost zero visual novelty, but substantial changes in equipment and tech.
Novelties 23-09-2020
The long wait is over: BMW has removed the wraps from its new M3 and M4 models. Both debuted in their topmost Competition spec armed with the 3.0-liter turbo-six engine of the X3 M and X4 M, but with higher torque.
Car Tuning 22-09-2020
What happens when you stress-test a Cummins diesel tuned to deliver around three thousand horsepower? “Fireworks” certainly is one of the possible outcomes, and this is what happened to this Dodge Ram truck with two people still inside.
Novelties 21-09-2020
The German automotive giant has disclosed the recommended retail prices for its new W223 S-Class lineup.
Car Tuning 17-09-2020
U.S.-based tuner Gunther Werks started shipping its 400R track day tool – essentially modded Porsche 911 (993) coupes – to clients. Randy Pobst of Motor Trend was lucky enough to get his hands on the first copy and has already set a record piloting it.
Concept Cars 16-09-2020
Meet the Z Proto Concept, a Nissan-branded design study which will eventually crystallize into the successor to the iconic 370Z.
Technology 16-09-2020
Aston Martin has worked together with Curv Racing Simulators to produce AMR-C01, a cybersports-oriented racing simulator machine with impressive specs and pricing.
Auto Show 11-09-2020
Ora, a sub-brand founded by Great Wall specifically for electric cars, has announced its fourth standalone model whose Chinese name translates into “Good Cat”.
Novelties 10-09-2020
Budding U.S. automaker Lucid has finally lifted the mystery veil over its first electric sports sedan, the Air. Let us take a closer look.
Novelties 09-09-2020
With the eighth-gen Volkswagen Golf debuting last fall, many of us were looking forward to its estate/wagon version coming out – and it is finally here, called Variant and sporting an off-road-capable Alltrack version.
Technology 07-09-2020
Speaking about the potential of the company’s new MEA electric vehicle architecture, Daimler AG CEO Ola Källenius hinted that nothing stood in the way of creating a battery-powered Maybach.
Car Tuning 07-09-2020
Aston Martin has finished yet another ultra-exclusive project car. What used to be a rare production coupe named One 77 became Victor, a road rocket like no others.