One of the most awaited cars, the Tata Harrier has been launched in India with the price for the base XE variant being Rs. 12.69 lakh, which goes up to Rs. 16.25 lakh for the top-end XZ variant. A total of four variants will be on offer in India.
It is not only larger in terms of dimensions when compared to its major rivals- the Nissan Kicks and the Hyundai Creta, but also boasts of the largest footprint in its segment. It is based on the OMEGA platform which is a derivative of the Land Rover’s D8 platform which underpinned the Freelander 2 and was modified for the Discovery Sport. Besides, the Harrier also debuts Tata’s new IMPACT 2.0 design philosophy that stands true to the H5X concept which was revealed at the 2018 Auto Expo.
Tata Motors also has plans to add an automatic variant eventually and will be sourcing the automatic gearbox from Hyundai. Like the Hexa, even the Harrier is equipped with multi-drive modes which are coupled with a terrain response system. It will be rivalled by the Hyundai Creta, Jeep Compass, and the likes in the compact SUV segment in India.
Exterior– the design of the Tata Harrier totally does justice to its identity as an urban SUV. The most prominent aspect is the Xenon HID Projector Headlamps that ensures crystal clear vision of the road along with 3D LED tail lamps with a sporty Piano Black finish which renders a dynamic signature trail.
The outer mirrors with logo projection make it quite a stunner in terms of looks. Thanks to the shark fin antenna that is sleekly crowned on its roof, you can enjoy the undisrupted link to your favourite radio channels. The 235/65 R17 alloy wheels not only look stylish but are also gracefully nestled in the flared wheel arches for the most perfect SUV stance. The rear profile complements the overall design with sharp creases on the tailgate as well as the tail-lamps along with the wide claddings adding a bold touch.
Interior– The large footprint of the Tata Harrier translates into a spacious cabin. It is further complemented by the quality of materials and the overall finish. Be it the oak wood palette used on the dash and the grab handles or the soft touch upholstery, the cabin promises a more plush and upmarket feel as compared to the other vehicles of this segment. Aesthetically speaking, the cabin is quite alluring and uncluttered, which is reflected in the wraparound dash with a binnacle line running the width of the cabin as well as the 8.8 inch floating High-Resolution touchscreen which scores high on functionality and does away with many buttons.
On the entertainment front, the infotainment system is not only compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay but is also coupled with voice recognition technology. There are 9 speakers in total, along with steering-mounted controls. The speakers are delightful to say the least, tuned up by JBL with premium 320W sound. The instrument cluster with TFT colour display measures 17.76cm and is accompanied by the premium oak wood finish.
The lavish feel is further enhanced by premium seat upholstery with door pad inserts, leather wrapped steering wheel, leather wrapped gear shift knob. A three level adjustable space in 60:40 rear folded configuration, along with 425 litres of boot space will impress car-buyers to no end. Other comfort features include, height adjustable driver’s seat, keyless entry, terrain drive modes, auto climate control, armrest with cooled storage to keep your beverages chilled, beautifully lit glove box with well-defined spaces for laptops and pens, push-button start feature, Tilt and Telescopic Adjustable Steering Wheel, electrically adjustable and foldable outer mirrors for the driver’s convenience, etc. It is also interesting to note that there are almost 28 Intelligent Utility Spaces which are thoughtfully designed to store various items and rear AC vents to keep the occupants cool.
Engine specifications– Under the hood, the car is equipped with a Cutting Edge Kryotec 2.0L Diesel Engine which is optimally tuned for power and fuel economy. Buyers can also expect a 6 speed manual transmission which is seamlessly mated to the Kryotec engine to deliver excellent performance. The engine is capable of churning out a maximum power of 138bhp at 3750rpm and a torque output of 350Nm at 1750-2500rpm.
Safety– As far as safety features are concerned, the car is equipped with a total of 6 airbags in the form of driver, co-driver, seat side and curtain airbags. There is an advanced ESP (Electronic Safety Program) with 14 additional functionalities, like Anti-Lock Braking System, Electronic Brake Force Distribution, Brake Disc Wiping, Electronic Brake pre-fill, Hydraulic Brake Assist, Hydraulic Fading Compensation, Corner Stability Control, Off Road ABS, Electronic Traction Control, Electronic Stability Control, Hill Hold Control, Hill Descent Control, Roll Over Mitigation, and Dynamic Wheel Torque by Brake. Buyers can also expect a reverse parking camera to facilitate parking in tight spots, along with front fog lamps with Cornering Function to take on the curves confidently.
Performance– When it comes to performance, the characteristic feature of the Tata Harrier includes next generation multi drive modes which are mated to the ESP with 3 terrain response modes- namely Normal, Rough, and Wet, which allows the driver to deal with difficult terrains with ease.
The cruise control feature makes highways drives all the more exciting. Thanks to the ground clearance of 205mm, the car boasts of ultimate off-roading capability. The front gets Independent Suspension and a McPherson Strut with Coil Spring and Anti Roll Bar, whereas in the rear, the car comes with a Semi-Independent Suspension, Twist Blade with Panhard Rod and Coil Spring that facilitate driving on Indian roads.
Mileage– As per ARAI claims, the Tata Harrier returns a mileage of 14kmpl in city traffic whereas on highways, the fuel efficiency is around 16kmpl. However, these figures will also depend on the driving mode- Eco, Sport, or City Drive.
The colour options include, Calisto Copper, Ariel Silver, Thermisto Gold, Telesto Grey, and Orcus White.
Driveability-Tata Motors products are generally known for their great ride quality, light clutch, and decent body control. The Harrier is no exception, and promises all these plus points. The ride is quite good over mildly rough roads, even at high speeds. It flattens almost everything in its path. It also does a good job in ironing out bigger bumps. Deeper potholes can make the Harrier lose a bit of its poise, though that will hardly disturb the occupants.
Steering– it is light, quick, and quite impressive, making it easy for the driver to manoeuvre the Harrier, be it in city traffic or anywhere else. The Harrier is also superbly fast in terms of making direction changes without feeling loose, cumbersome, or scary. Even if you touch three digit speeds, in a straight line, it feels hunkered down and confident. And with the pliant high-speed ride, it has all the constitute elements of an excellent touring machine.
The three driving modes– Eco, City, and Sport- essentially alter the drive-by-wire throttle response. There are other driver aids as well, such as the three settings for the ESP- City, Wet, and Rough Road, which change how and when the ESP cuts in.