KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 10 — UMW Toyota Motor Sdn Bhd will officially import and add the ever-popular Toyota Harrier from early 2018 — up to now, Harrier fans have had to rely on ‘grey’ imports by independent organizations, and these were invariably used vehicles purchased off the market place in Japan. The grey imports were sold without warranty, often creating distress amongst some buyers who were unfortunate enough to suffer mechanical failures.
The Toyota Harrier is a model familiar to Malaysians but until recently, this model line was mainly for the Japanese domestic market. Vehicles sold in other countries were mainly imported privately through independent dealers. However, with the third generation which was introduced in 2015, Toyota has begun to offer it in selected markets through its official distributors.
The Harrier which will be fully imported from Japan and distributed by UMWT from 2018 is the latest version with new styling and upgraded features that were made since it was launched. The version to be offered will be the 2.0 litre turbocharged petrol engine with D-4ST and VVT-iW technology. The engine develops 231 PS and delivers 350Nm of torque, and is coupled to a 6-speed automatic. It is not mentioned if this is an all-wheel-drive, but judging from the offered price, the chances are high that only front-wheel-drive is offered.
Two versions — Harrier 2.0T Luxury and Harrier 2.0T Premium — will be available and will come with Toyota’s advanced ToyotaSafety Sense (TSS) Package for enhanced occupant protection and driving safety.
As with all Toyota models sold in Malaysia by UMWT and its authorised dealers, the Harrier will have nationwide after-sales support including ready parts availability and more importantly, it will have a 5-year warranty with unlimited mileage. Owners can have peace of mind knowing that their vehicle will be maintained by technicians who have received special training for the Harrier.
The sales launch for the new Harrier will be announced at a later date but with effect from November 9, 2017, all showrooms of UMWT and its authorised dealers throughout Malaysia will accept orders. The confirmed price of the Harrier is starting from RM238,000 (On-The-Road price without insurance for private registration).