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    Harrier

    Tata Harrier - Strengths

    • Based on the Land Rover Discovery Sport’s D8 platform
    • Upmarket styling and good fit and finish - inside and outside
    • Torquey Fiat-sourced 2.0-litre turbo diesel engine

    Tata Harrier - Weaknesses

    • No automatic transmission, no petrol engine and no all-wheel drive
    • No 7-seat option like the Mahindra XUV500
    • Shorter, 6-month/7,500km service interval while competitors offer 1-year service interval
    • May have some niggles that will be ironed out in future batches based on the customer feedback
    • Some missing features like a sunroof, TPMS, auto-dimming inside mirror, 3-point seatbelt or headrest for the rear centre passenger

    Tata Harrier - India Launch Date

    The Tata Harrier SUV was launched in the Indian car market on January 23, 2019.

    Tata Harrier - Price Range

    The Tata Harrier’s price ranges from Rs. 13.0 lakh to Rs. 16.96 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).

    Tata Harrier - Variants

    The Tata Harrier mid-size SUV is available in 4 variants, namely – XE, XM, XT, XZ.

    Tata Harrier - Engine and Transmission

    The Tata Harrier comes with a Fiat-sourced 2.0-litre turbo diesel engine, which also powers the Jeep Compass and MG Hector. It makes 140PS of power at 3750rpm and 350Nm of torque between 1750 and 2500rpm. While it may be low on power compared to the Compass, its torque output is the same and just as wide as the Compass’. So, it maintains the strong bottom and mid-range torque that this 2.0-litre diesel engine is known for. It’s available with a 6-speed manual transmission.

    Tata Harrier - Fuel Efficiency

    The Tata Harrier offers a claimed fuel efficiency of 16.7kmpl.

    Tata Harrier Features - Hits

    The Harrier’s long list of functional features includes a 7-inch multi-info colour display for the instrument cluster, steering-mounted controls, front armrest with cooled storage, glove box with laptop tray, tilt and telescopic steering, keyless entry with push-button start/stop, electrically adjustable and foldable mirrors, puddle lamps, automatic wipers and AC and automatic HID projector headlamps.

    On the safety side, the Harrier gets 6 airbags, ABS, electronic stability control, hill start assist, hill descent control, traction control, rollover mitigation, reverse parking sensors, reversing camera and ISOFIX child seat anchors.

    For entertainment, the Tata Harrier gets an 8.8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple Carplay, 9-speaker JBL music system (4 speakers + 4 tweeters + 1 woofer).

    The engine performance of the car can be altered with the 3 driving modes - City, Eco and Sport. There are also 3 terrain management modes (Normal, Wet, Rough) to offer optimum traction in specific driving conditions.

    Tata Harrier Features - Misses

    The Tata Harrier misses out on certain features we’ve come to expect from a vehicle with a similar price tag. It doesn’t have an auto-dimming inside mirror and tyre pressure monitoring system. The rear centre passenger neither gets a headrest nor a 3-point seatbelt. A head-up display would’ve been nice to have in the Harrier.

    Who Should Buy the Tata Harrier?

    The Tata Harrier is a positive head-turner. So, if you are looking for a premium mid-size SUV with good road presence, then the Harrier should be up your alley.

    Then, there is the driving characteristic of the Harrier, which will feel like a Land Rover as it borrows the chassis from the Discovery Sport. Terrain modes further amplify that feeling of driving a competent SUV. It also has a healthy list of features and a great JBL-powered 9-speaker music system including a woofer. So, an audioholic should definitely consider the Harrier.

    Nevertheless, the fact that really shines through is the aggressive pricing of the Tata Harrier. Despite its famed underpinnings, gorgeous visual appeal and top-notch safety techs, the Harrier comes with price tags that are bound to attract buyers. The JLR models really can’t compete with their Tata sibling when price is concerned. So, in terms of value for money, the Tata Harrier is highly tempting.

    Tata Harrier - Background

    The Tata Harrier is a 5-seater mid-sized SUV model. It is positioned between the Tata Nexon subcompact SUV and the 7-seater Tata Hexa flagship SUV.

    The Harrier is based on the Tata H5X concept car that was showcased at the 2018 Auto Expo. The production version of the car was revealed with its official name later in the same year. It is a C-segment SUV, which was highly awaited and speculated prior to its launch owing to its Omega Architecture platform. The Omega Architecture or OmegaArc platform is a revised version of the Jaguar Land Rover D8 platform that underpins several JLR models like the Jaguar E-Pace, Range Rover and Discovery Sport. 

    Given its platform, the Harrier was expected to be a high-end model with an expensive tag, but created another wave of interest during its launch with its aggressive pricing.

    Tata Motors launched the Harrier Dark edition in October 2019. As the name goes, the Harrier Dark edition comes with all-black exterior and interior with some added styling elements. Everything else in the Dark edition remain the same as the regular variants.

    Tata Harrier - Milestones

    The Tata Harrier mid-sized SUV crossed the sales milestone of 10,000 units in July, 2019. The SUV achieved this sales milestone within 6 months of its launch.

    Tata Harrier - Competition

    The Tata Harrier competes with MG Hector, Jeep Compass and Mahindra XUV500. The price overlap with certain variants also brings Hyundai Creta and Kia Seltos into the picture.

    Tata Harrier - Future Speculations

    Tata is expected to launch the Harrier with an automatic transmission some time in 2020. A 7-seat variant is also rumoured to be on the cards.

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