Here’s something we stumbled upon, a reflective Toyota Harrier. On display across Japan, it’s the latest Toyota Harrier wrapped in chrome for what Toyota calls ‘Reflection Mapping’. According to responsejp, the project was led by Akira Oikawa, the man behind Seiko’s luxury Galante watch range.
The same source says that the Harrier’s body was given a wrap that reflects light like the surface of a mirror, then parked in a virtual 3DCG imaging dome where it refracts and reflects environmental images projected onto the inner surface of the dome. The wrapping process took two months, resulting in a Harrier that can be art, or rather, part of art.
Behind the trickery is the XU60 JDM Toyota Harrier, which we first saw in July last year. The Toyota Harrier and Lexus RX used to be one and the same, but the latest Harrier has gone its own way in the looks department. This writer prefers the Toyota’s aesthetics.
The engines are smaller too – Japanese buyers get to choose between a 3ZR-FAE 2.0 Valvematic (2WD or 4WD) with 151 PS and 193 Nm and a hybrid powertrain. The latter marries a 2.5 litre Atkinson cycle 2AR-FXE (152 PS/206 Nm) with an E-Four dual motor system. Click here for tech details.
We had a close look at the Toyota Harrier during our visit to Toyota Megaweb in Tokyo late last year, and the pics are below. We’ve yet to see the new Harrier in Malaysia yet, which is rather surprising given how popular the nameplate is with grey importers and affluent households. Like what you see?