5 things you should know about Tata Harrier
Making a dash from the house of legendary automakers Tata Motors into the Indian market, the Tata Harrier is all poise and perfection by being pitted in between Tata Nexon and Tata Hexa. Facing rivals from other brands like Hyundai Creta and Jeep Compass, the sports utility vehicle was conceptualized in the summer of 2018 and looks all set to make a dent into the clutter of the existing SUVs in the segment. As one of the most anticipated vehicles in the recent times, Harrier also faces stiff competition from Renault Captur and recent launches like Nissan Kicks, not to miss out on the XUV500 from Mahindra which has been steadily climbing up the sales chart across the country. Presently available in four variants, Tata Harrier is larger than most of its competitors and needs to primarily contend for market share from the hugely popular and premium Mahindra XUV 500. There are 5 things you should know about Tata Harrier and let’s have a glimpse of the interesting attributes.
Engine and Gearbox
Tata Harrier presently boasts of single engine and gearbox option which is a diesel engine. The diesel engine has been sourced from the Fiat Group and is almost identically the same unit you would find in the Jeep Compass. Named ‘Kryotec’ by Tata Motors, it is a 2.0 litre Multijet engine and is a four-cylinder one with the turbocharged diesel motor offering 140hp of peak power and 350 Nm of peak torque. The manual gear box of the Tata Harrier is a 6-speed unit producing power and transmitting to the front wheels. Tata motors has also laid out elaborate plans of launching petrol powered variant of Tata Harrier in the upcoming months and is planning to equip the SUV with an automatic gearbox sourced directly from Hyundai. At present the vehicle offers only the 5-seater version, whereas the 7-seater that is soon to hit the roads will be equipped with a powerful 170hp variant of the similar engine.
Safety and Land Rover inspired chassis
Tata Harrier gets two airbags as a standard across all its offering and the top spec XZ model of the vehicle has six air bags taking the safety aspect notches higher. The other safety systems that are included are traction control, cornering stability control, rollover reduction, electronic stability program and hill descent control along with the standard ABS and EBD. The automaker has taken the new Land Rover DE architecture-derived platform named ‘Omega Arc’. The platform offers better dynamics and torsional rigidity in comparison to the previous platforms, though Tata Harrier may not be bestowed with an all-wheel drive as seen in the Land Rover, at least not in the near future.
Tata motors can take pride as the Harrier is one of the best-looking cars with a charming appeal and since it is inspired by the Land Rover platform, the design language speaks well for itself. The Tata ‘Impact Design 2.0’ theme flanks on a Range Rover emulated grille. Sporting an unique look with sleek LED tail-lamps, the SUV completely stuns you. The headlamps are positioned themselves lower in the bumper sharing space with the fog lamps.
The SUV equally thrills in the interiors too with a wooden panel dashboard with an 8.8-inch touchscreen infotainment screen that has built-in navigation facility and the advantage of Apple CarPlay. The 7.0 inch TFT semi-digital instrument cluster with an analogue speedometer console enhances the list of features with leather seating and the lining on the door panels providing a premium feel.
The basic model of the SUV is XE and is pegged at Rs.12.69 lakh and the higher variants with the XM priced at Rs.13.75 lakh and XT is priced at Rs.14.95 lakhs. The top model in the offering is XZ and the price hovers at around Rs.16.25 lakh.