Japanese site CarWatch has revealed images of the next-generation Toyota Harrier, known to US and European buyers as the Lexus RX. The new model features a considerably more aggressive fascia in keeping with some of the latest Lexus design trends, while the back features a pair of wide, wraparound taillights.

The profile features a revised greenhouse, with a rather complex rear window treatment, while a subtle character line connects the front and rear taillights. According to the badging, the model shown features a hybrid powertrain, although there's little information on which engine is being used. We'd wager it's an evolution of the same 3.5-liter V6 hybrid found in the current RX450h.

This early look doesn't have a great deal of other info, and there are no images of the interior. We're not yet clear on how closely the North American RX will adhere to the Harrier seen here, but historically the two models have been quite close. That said, we'd expect a more prominent 'spindle' grille on the Lexus version than the baleen strainer on the vehicle shown here.

A page on Toyota's Japanese website says the new Harrier/RX will receive a winter 2013 debut. That makes for a difficult determination of what auto show the new CUV will arrive at. Both the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show and 2013 Tokyo Motor Show (not to be confused with the Tokyo Auto Salon) take place at the end of November, but neither is technically a winter show.


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      Helix
      • 1 Year Ago
      We know you hate Lexus Autoblog but at least get the facts straight. First, these images were not leaked, they are official photos released by Toyota Japan earlier today. Second, the Harrier does not preview the next RX. The Harrier will always lag the RX by one generation. As the current RX comes to the end of its life, it will be recycled as the Harrier. This is similar to VW recycling older Audis as SEATs. The RX is sold as the RX in Japan, it will not directly compete with the Harrier. This Harrier in no shape or form previews the next RX, nor will the next RX ever be sold alongside a Harrier twin.
        • 1 Year Ago
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        Koushiro Izumi
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Helix
        Wait, are they getting rid of the RX for the Japanese market?
      superchan7
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wasn't the current RX debuted in 2010? Why the new generation? I have to say, it looks like a hack job of the 2nd gen and 3rd gen, plus some new lights and bumpers.
      mikeybyte1
      • 1 Year Ago
      Beatings will continue with the fugly stick until sales plummet. Lexus must have hired the designers Acura ditched after the failed "beak" experiment.
      toumard
      • 1 Year Ago
      Ok maybe it's just the color but this thing looks absolutely ridiculous
      Shadrach Miller
      • 1 Year Ago
      Looks like Lexus took the 2nd and 3rd gens and stuck them in a blender.
      truckguy
      • 1 Year Ago
      1 UGLY IT.
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      Scott West
      • 1 Year Ago
      The Toyota Harrier is basically the previous-generation Lexus RX 330. This new version allows Toyota to differentiate the model lines even further.
      truckguy
      • 1 Year Ago
      thing " thing ".
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      herrstreet
      • 1 Year Ago
      It looks an awful lot like the Mazda CX-9 in the front. I liked the design two generations ago but the current one is very awkward looking. This doesn't give me a lot of hope for the next redesign. The headlights are mounted too high I think and let's hope that chrome strip doesn't cross the pond.
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