One of the biggest losses during the unveiling of the fourth generation Toyota Harrier was the unavailability of turbocharged engines. To date, the SUV is only offered with M20A-FKS 2.0 liter Dynamic Force Four-cylinder and A25A-FXS 2.5 liter hybrid petrol in some markets.
This could change, if the new report is believed. Apparently, there are rumors that Harrier will soon get a new 2.4-liter turbo, the brand new T24A-FTS engine used in the Lexus NX350. It is said to produce about 300 PS and 420 Nm of torque at 7.2 liters per 100 km.
For reference, the 2.0-liter lamp produces 173 PS and 203 Nm, while the hybrid develops up to 222 PS. On the NX350, the engine is mated to a new “high-torque” direct shift eight-speed automatic transmission, which routes power on four wheels via a new full-time electronically controlled AWD system.
Now take a pinch of salt. This is all speculation at the moment, and Toyota dealers don’t seem to be aware of an upgrade of this magnitude. Harrier’s demand is already much higher than expected by Toyota, so it is impossible for it to introduce a more desirable variant, especially in times of chips shortage and supply-chain disruption.
If anything, MY2023 updates will likely add new colors and trims to the list and see minor improvements to the Kit and Toyota Safety Sense system. But you know what they say – never say it.
In fact, the previous Harrier was launched without a turbocharged engine. The 8AR-FTS 2.0-liter turbo lamp (also taken from the previous NX) was only introduced during the midlife update, offering healthier output of 231 PS and 350 Nm. Will history repeat itself? Only time will tell. For now, find out what we think of Harrier in our review below. Click here for the full written part, if you are so fancy.