Second Generation (2003 - 2013)
The second generation of the Toyota Harrier went on sale in Japan in February of 2003. The second generation is much sleeker and offers a lower drag coefficient of 0.35Cd, slightly improving fuel efficiency potential. Additionally, the updated Harrier offers LED tail lamps, wood trim, a sliding center console, dual-zone climate control, and a power tilt/telescopic steering column. As buyers upgrade through the trim levels available options include a premium sound system, a DVD-based navigation system with backup camera, a rear seat DVD player with wireless headphones, a panoramic three panel moonroof, and heated seats.
The second generation is powered by two engines. The base model, given Japanese model codes UA-ACU30W for the front-wheel drive units and UA-MCU30W for the AWD units, is powered by a 2362cc four-cylinder engine paired to a new five-speed automatic transmission. The ACU30W is capable of 11.0 km/l and the MCU30W is able to achieve 10.6 km/l. The 2994cc V6 returned for the second generation as well. It was given the Japanese model codes UA-MCU30W and UA-MCU35W for the front-wheel drive and AWD options, respectively. The larger engine offers 9.7 km/l or 9.1 km/l depending on which drive option is chosen. The V6 is also offered with the ''AIRS'' air suspension system. The models equipped with AIRS carry model codes UA-MCU31W and UA-MCU36W depending on the drive system chosen. These units offer lower fuel efficiency, only able to achieve 9.1 km/l.
Available trim packages include the 240G, 240G L, 240 G Premium, 240 L, and 240 L Premium for he base models. The V6 units have the same trim packages available, but are distinguished by using the 300 designation in place of the 240. Models equipped with air suspension are simply badged as AIRS.
In 2004 the Japanese model codes were changed due to minor changes in the basic platform of the Harrier. The base models took on the model code CBA-ACU30W, while the AWD units morphed to model code CBA-ACU35W. The V6 units acquired model codes CBA-MCU30W and CBA-MCU35W. The AIRS equipped units began to have the model codes CBA-MCU31W and CBA-MCU36W. The model code for the AIRS units changed again in 2006 to become DBA-GSU31W and DBA-GSU36W.
In March of 2005, Toyota introduced the Harrier Hybrid with the Japanese model code DAA-MHU38W featuring Hybrid Synergy Drive. Power is provided by a 3310cc VVT-i V6 engine that is paired to a CVT and features AWD. The hybrid is able to offer owners 17.8 km/l and meets government fuel economy requirements as well as reducing NOx and non-methane hydrocarbon emissions by 75 percent.