Tata Motors updated the Harrier last year and it was a pretty substantial one. One other element that is associated with the Harrier is that it is a made-in-India product. This gives a proud ownership experience to the people who decided to buy the Harrier. This might be the reason why Uddhav Thackerey, the 19th chief minister of Maharashtra has opted to use the Harriers for his convoys.
The Harrier is not the first Tata vehicle to be used by the government. Before Harrier, the government has also used Safari and the Safari Storme. Tata’s SUVs are known to have an imposing design and a lot of road presence. The there thing that accentuates the road presence is that all the Harriers are coloured in Black. No, they are not the dark edition of Harriers, they are just regular base XE variant Harriers that are coloured in Black. In the video, we can see that there are three Harriers that are currently being used by the chief minister.
The convoy also consists of a Toyota Fortuner, Tata Safari, Skoda Laura, TUV300, Range Rover, Tata Sumo, Mahindra XUV500 and a Mercedes-Benz GLS. Uddhav Thackerey has also been spotted in a Mercedes-Benz S-Class which is a luxury sedan.
Now coming back to the Tata Harrier, it sits on the OMEGA-ARC platform which is derived from the Land Rover’s D8 platform. The 2021 Safari also uses the same platform. The Harrier comes with a 2.0-litre Kyrotec diesel engine that produces 170 PS of max power and a peak torque output of 350 Nm. It is offered with a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed torque converter automatic gearbox. The transmission only drives the front wheels as a four-wheel drive is not offered with the Harrier.
Before the update, Harrier’s max power output was limited to 140 PS and it was only offered with a 6-speed manual gearbox. With the update, Tata resolved the wind noise issue that was generated from the outside rearview mirrors. The manufacturer also started offering the panoramic sunroof which attracts a lot of attention from the Indian people. They also introduced a new dual-tone alloy wheel design, which is 17-inches in the size. The recently launched Safari also uses the same design. However, Safari’s rims measure 18-inch in size.
The Harrier is also one of the SUVs that offer the most equipment in the segment. It comes with Traction Control, Anti-lock braking system, Electronic Brake Distribution, Dual airbags, hill hold control, brake disc wiping, rollover mitigation, cornering stability control, electronic stability program and rear parking sensors. All this safety equipment is offered as standard by Tata Motors. Higher variants also get drive modes, Terrain Response system, 6 airbags, hill descent control, off-road ABS and ISOFIX child seat mounts. Other features include a 7-inch TFT display for the instrument cluster, touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, electric adjustment for the driver seat, panoramic sunroof,
Tata Harrier starts from Rs. 13.99 lakhs ex-showroom and goes all the way up to Rs. 20.45 lakhs ex-showroom. Tata Motors offers the SUV in six variants namely XE, XM, XT, XT+, XZ, and XZ+. It competes against the Kia Seltos, MG Hector and the Hyundai Creta.