If there is one car which has constantly been the topic of discussion, it has to be the Tata Harrier SUV. It’s first look at the Auto Expo left many salivating for more. Tata Motors is riding the wave of anticipation and has already opened bookings of the Tata Harrier SUV. While the media drives will begin in a few days from now, we’ve got some dope on what the new Tata Harrier SUV will offer. Take a look.
Tata Harrier SUV looks
The ‘Humanity Design’ is evident in the way the Tata Harrier SUV looks. The small smiley grille flanked by large turn indicators, cuts a distinct figure. Tata Motors has set the headlight cluster a tad lower. In India, most of the people end up grazing the bumpers while parking or in traffic. The headlights are most likely to get damaged first in this case. Speaking of which, Tata is using projector units. The fog light cluster is placed very close to the headlamp assembly as well. An aluminium skid plate at the front rounds off the design elements in the front.
Roofline of the Harrier looks similar to the Nexon’s though this one is much longer. Puddle lamps with the SUV’s motiff will also be available. 17-inch alloy wheels have been offered on the top-spec Harrier while we believe the lower ones may have 16-inchers. The rear seems much more cohesive as a JLR-inspired design. Someone at Tata Motors thought that the F-Pace is a nice design inspiration. The skid plate is prominent here while the windscreen is a small unit.
Tata Harrier SUV interior
This is going to be the best Tata cabin so far. It beats the likes of the Hexa and Nexon. An 8.8-inch infotainment system from JBL will be used here. It comes with Apple CarPlay as well as Android Auto. As can be expected from any Tata car, the music system will be the highlight. Tata Motors is also using the Visteon’s ‘Smart Core Cockpit’ for the meter display. Except for the tachometer, everything else will be relayed to the driver through a digital output. One can also check navigation cues, music or the call in progress through the meter console. A central bin storage in the cabin will have an air vent inside that will help keep soft drinks cool.
While it is too early to comment on the seating space as well as boot details, we expect them to match those of the Hyundai Creta. From what we’ve heard, a sunroof will not be part of the package. It will not be offered even with the authorised accessories list. This may be a miss for many an Indian customer. Remember, Jeep had to bring in the sunroofed trim of the Compass.
Tata Harrier SUV engine and transmission
While initially there were rumours that petrol as well as diesel engines will be offered, it is now confirmed that initially an oil burner will be under the hood. This 2.0-litre four cylinder turbo diesel has been sourced from Fiat. It produces an estimated 140PS/350Nm. The engine will be paired to a 6-speed manual transmission. Tata Motors will not offer AWD and the engine will power only the front wheels. A Land Rover-like Terrain Response system will be on offer. This will alter the ESP and accordingly adjust the torque. We hope that this works better than its arch rival, the Creta, that comes with no such aids.
Tata Harrier SUV price
The Tata Harrier SUV will be launched in India sometime in January 2019. The Tata Harrier SUV price in India will likely start from Rs 13.95 lakh and go all the way to Rs 15.95 lakh, ex-showroom. The on-road is expected to be around Rs 18 lakh for the top XZ(O) trim.