On Tuesday, we found out that the new Toyota Harrier is coming to Malaysia through official channels, and now local distributor UMW Toyota Motor has opened the order books for the hitherto Japan-only premium SUV ahead of its market launch next year.

The company has also revealed finalised retail prices for the car, and they’re very competitive indeed. The Harrier will be available in the latest facelifted form and in two variants, with the 2.0T Premium priced at RM238,000 and the range-topping 2.0T Luxury at RM259,900, both on-the-road without insurance. Included is an official five-year, unlimited-mileage warranty.

Power comes from a new 8AR-FTS 2.0 litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine from the Lexus NX, producing 231 PS from 5,200 to 5,600 rpm and 350 Nm of torque between 1,650 and 4,000 rpm – all sent to the front wheels via a six-speed automatic gearbox. Toyota claims fuel consumption of 13 km per litre on the Japanese JC08 cycle, and there are also performance dampers to reduce roll and improve high-speed stability.

This engine is a big step up in performance over the previous powertrains still being sold on the grey market – a 151 PS/193 Nm 2.0 litre Valvematic naturally-aspirated mill with a CVT and a Hybrid model with a 152 PS/206 Nm 2.5 litre engine paired to two electric motors (front 143 PS/270 Nm, rear 68 PS/139 Nm).

Built on the Toyota New MC platform that also underpins the latest RAV4, the Harrier is no longer related to the Lexus RX, which has been spun off into a completely separate model. Dimensions include a length of 4,720 mm, a width of 1,835 mm and a height of 1,690 mm, along with a wheelbase of 2,660 mm.

Changes to the facelifted model include triple-projector LED headlights with sequential indicators, flanking a new upper grille design. There’s also a wider lower grille incorporating LED fog lights, vertical LED daytime running lights, red-tinted LED tail lights, a redesigned rear valance and a visible exhaust pipe with a chrome finisher, plus 18-inch dual-tone alloy wheels with a five-spoke turbine design.

On the inside, there’s new Ultrasuede and faux leather upholstery and carbon-weave metal trim, although we’ll get Nappa leather. Toyota has also added a height-adjustable powered tailgate with memory and a driver’s seat that slides back automatically to improve ingress and egress. Also set to be introduced on Malaysian units are a panoramic sunroof and ventilated power-adjustable front seats with memory.

We’ll also get plenty of safety equipment onboard, headlined by standard-fit Toyota Safety Sense driver assists including Pre-Collision System (autonomous emergency braking), active cruise control and auto high beam. We should also get the full complement of seven airbags and Vehicle Stability Control.

And as with the Alphard and Vellfire sold here officially, the Harrier will be offered with a full official warranty (five-year, unlimited-mileage coverage) and should come with locally-adapted infotainment system and switchgear. Singaporean distributor Borneo Motors set the precedent for this when it launched the car in the island nation in July. Excited? So are we.