Tata Motors has been readying for its second innings after the long lull in the Indian market and after the Tiago and the Nexon’s success, it is time for more additions to the fleet. One of these new products is the Tata Harrier SUV.
This SUV has been built on the Land Rover platform and will be a Hyundai Creta rival. The Land Rover platform, with its aluminium-infused architecture is an expensive affair and fitting the economies for the Creta-segment is certainly laudable. The aluminium will certainly be replaced by more cost-effective materials but the inherent beauty of this platform will certainly make the Harrier a force to reckon with. Add the independent suspension at all four ends, and we are talking about performance of international standards.
The rendering shows typical Tata lines and the signature smiley face which finds a sweet spot between the Nexon’s appeal and the Hexa’s aggression. The design is muscular and with the flared wheel arches and rising shoulder-line, it looks brawny as well. In terms of Interior, expect the h5 to be a class leader in terms of features and equipment replete with a floating touchscreen display, automatic climate control, electrically operated mirrors et al.
This platform will be powered by the 2.0-litre turbo-diesel from Fiat that also powers the Jeep Compass and we are sure about this because Tata Motors has already placed an order for more than a lakh engines already. The Harrier might come with the 140bhp setup making it one of the most powerful machines in the segment, something that Tata has already done with the Nexon, and are reaping its benefits.
The Tata Harrier will go into production by the end of 2018 or early 2019 and will rival the Hyundai Creta, the Renault Duster, the Renault Captur and the Jeep Compass along with competitors like the Mahindra Scorpio.
Harrier Latest Update
Tata Harrier Booking and Launch: Tata Motors has revealed the specifications and features of the upcoming Harrier and they are largely true to what we had reported before. The Harrier will be revealed in the coming days, however, the launch is scheduled for early 2019. Potential customers can make a booking for a sum of Rs 30,000 to get their hands on a Harrier soon after the launch. At the time of launch, we expect Tata to price the Harrier between Rs 13.5 lakh to Rs 19 lakh (ex-showroom estimates). The carmaker has released a few teasers of the upcoming SUV which reveal features like puddle lamps and JBL speaker setup.
Tata Harrier Powertrain: The Harrier will come with a 2.0-litre turbocharged, 4-cylinder diesel engine underneath the bonnet that will be tuned to produce roughly 140PS. It will channel power to the driven wheels via a six-speed MT; an automatic option is also expected. Just like the Hexa, Tata’s Harrier will come driving modes that are married to terrain response modes. There is no word on a petrol engine as of now.
Tata Harrier Features: We can say with conviction that it will be offered with a floating touchscreen infotainment system, LED projector headlamps, rear parking camera, cooled storage compartment under the front armrest and dedicated smartphone slots for rear passengers. However, Tata will not offer a sunroof on any variant of the Harrier. The original H5X concept that we saw at the 2018 Auto Expo, on which the Harrier is based, had a panoramic sunroof.
Tata Harrier Rivals: The Harrier will take on the high-spec variants of the Hyundai Creta and the low/mid-spec variants of the Jeep Compass.
Ahead of its official Indian debut, Tata has revealed the Harrier’s feature list. Here are the top four features of the Harrier which we think you should know.
1. Auto headlamps and puddle lamps:
Tata has designed the new Harrier on the new Impact 2.0 design philosophy. The fascia of the Harrier comes with a two-tier headlamp design with sleek LED DRLs sitting atop the bonnet and flanking the grille. Meanwhile, Xenon HID projector headlamps are placed lower on the bumper and come with auto headlamp function. Even the tail lamps get LED lighting signature which make it look more upmarket and very Land Rover-ish. The fog lamps too get LED lights. One more important feature of the Harrier is the puddle lamps projecting Harrier logo from the ORVMs.
In terms of safety, the Harrier comes loaded with six airbags (including the driver, front passenger airbags, side airbags, and curtain airbags), ABS, driver and passenger seatbelt reminder, ISOFIX, cornering lamps, child lock, and lockout prevention feature.
The lucrative electronic stability program (ESP) system comes with functionalities like electronic brake distribution, corner stability control, off-road ABS, traction and stability control, hill hold control, rollover mitigation, hydraulic brake assist, electronic brake pre-fill (from the Hexa), hydraulic fading compensation and dynamic wheel torque by brake feature.
3. Upmarket and practical cabin:
Similar to the exterior, the cabin of the Harrier takes its cues from the more expensive JLRs and comes with many best in class features. This includes eight-way adjustable driver seat with four-way adjustable co-driver seat. The rear seats will be 60:40 foldable with a boot space capacity of 425 litres (extended up to 810 litres with the seats folded down). There is leather upholstery with wooden inserts in the cabin, making the Harrier appear expensive on the inside.
The practical cabin features usable spaces such as seat pockets, cup holders in the centre console, bottle and umbrella holders in door pads, glovebox with removable tray, sunglass holder, rear armrest with cup holders and mobile stowage in the door pads, coat and carry bag hooks, and most importantly, and cooled storage box.
4. Infotainment system:
The centre console of the Harrier is dominated by a floating 8.8-inch high-resolution touchscreen infotainment system. The music system is a 320Watts JBL system with nine speakers which include four speakers, four tweeters and a subwoofer along with an external amplifier. The system is compatible with Android Auto and Apple Car Play and gets Tata’s ConnectNext app suite as well. Other connectivity features include USB, AUX, Bluetooth, phone and navigation mirroring with video playback and voice assist.
Things We Like in Harrier
- Judging by the current crop of Tata cars, the Harrier is also expected to offer a long equipment list.
- The Harrier is expected to get 4WD as optional. That will make it one of the few SUVs in the Rs 10 lakh-20 lakh bracket to offer the same.
- The upcoming SUV from Tata borrows its platform from the Discovery Sport, which is underpinned by Jaguar Land Rover’s renowned and proven D8 architecture.
- Just like other modern Tata cars like the Tiago, Tigor and Nexon, the Harrier is also expected to be priced aggressively.
- As the the Harrier is expected to retain 80 per cent of the design elements from the H5X, we think it will have a good road presence.
- Along with the standard Harrier, which is a five-seater, Tata might also launch the 7-seater version of the new SUV to take on the likes of the Mahindra Scorpio and Honda BR-V.
Things We Don’t Like in Harrier
- Due to its older models, Tata lacks the trust and brand value in the premium passenger car space.
- Tata has certainly come a long way when it comes to fit and finish of its vehicles. However, it still lacks behind other carmakers in the segment.
- Where most manufacturers have begun focussing on petrol engines to meet future emission norms, a petrol-powered Harrier is yet to be confirmed.
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