Tata Harrier is the biggest talk of the town right now. The latest SUV from Tata Motors is all set to be launched soon and full details of the vehicle have been revealed by the manufacturer. The Harrier is one of the most-awaited vehicles in the Indian market and the price announcement will happen in early January.
Tata will target the segment-leader Mahindra XUV500 apart from the SUVs like the Jeep Compass and the Hyundai Creta in the Indian market. Here is what the Harrier will offer in comparison to the Mahindra XUV500.
Even though the Harrier is a five-seater, it is almost similar in dimensions when compared to the XUV500. The Harrier is 4,598mm long which makes it longer than the Mahindra XUV500 which measures 4,585mm. However, the Harrier is much wider at 1,894 mm while the Mahindra XUV500 measures 1,890mm in width. The Tata Harrier is also slightly shorter than the Mahindra XUV500 and measures 1,706 mm while the XUV 500 stands tall at 1,785mm. The Harrier also gets a slightly higher ground clearance at 205mm while the XUV 500’s ground clearance measures 200mm. However, the wheelbase of the Tata Harrier is 41mm longer and measures 2,741mm while the Mahindra XUV500 measures 2,700mm. The Harrier has an imposing stance on the road and sure has a very loud road presence.
Interiors and features
The Mahindra XUV500 is loaded with features. It gets electrically adjustable driver seat, electric sunroof, leather upholstery stitched in the diamond pattern, soft-touch dashboard wrapped in leather, lounge lighting, illuminated scuff plates, twin pod cluster, piano black centre console and underarm cooled box. Other features include logo projection by the puddle lamps, keyless entry and start, fully automatic temperature control, Tyre pressure monitoring system, smart sensing rain wipers, intelligent light sensing headlamps, brake energy regeneration. The infotainment system can be connected to smartphones and smartwatches and can be used as a remote to control the entertainment system. It also gets Android Auto and Mahindra EcoSense system that includes Navigation, Driving statistics, apps and more. The XUV500 offers an extremely sophisticated and premium cabin feel.
The Tata Harrier, on the other hand, offers a slew of segment first features that gives it a rich cabin experience. The Tata Harrier gets Oak Brown interior colour scheme that gives it a plush feeling. It also gets perforated leather seats and door pad inserts. The dashboard gets soft touch material with anti-reflective Nappa Grain top layer. Even the steering wheel is covered in leather. To make things exciting, Tata has added an aeroplane throttle inspired Piano Black Parking Brake to the Harrier.
The Harrier also offers the largest infotainment system in the segment and it measures 8.8-inches. The system is wired to the 9-speaker system that includes 4 tweeters and an amplifier giving the segment-best sound quality. The Harrier also offers under arm coolbox and 2.4 Ampere USB charging points for fast charging of smartphones. The vehicle has been designed for urban users and gets smartphone holders all around. The Harrier also gets the segment’s largest 7-inch Driver Information Display screen on the console that gives all the information on the go.
Both the vehicles get a few common features like automatic headlamps and wipers, electrically adjustable and foldable outside rear view mirror, steering wheel tilt and telescopic adjustment, projection puddle lamps, and sunglass holder.
Both Mahindra XUV500 and the Tata Harrier are loaded to the brim when it comes to safety. The Mahindra XUV500 gets 6 airbag system, hill hold and hill descent system, electronic stability program, anti-lock braking system with electronic brake force distribution (EBD). The Mahindra XUV500 also gets segment-first emergency call system that calls the emergency services as soon as the airbags get deployed. It also gets cornering lamps and ISOFIX anchor points for child seats.
Tata Harrier also gets 6 airbag system with an advanced Electronic Stability Program. There are as many as 14 features under the ESP that includes ABS, EBD, Corner Stability Control, Off-Road ABS, Electronic Traction Control, Electronic Stability Control, Hill Hold and Hill Descent, Roll Over Mitigation, Electronic Brake Pre-fill, Hydraulic Brake Assist, Brake Disc Wiping, Hydraulic Fading Compensation and Dynamic Wheel Torque by Brake. The fog lamp doubles up as the cornering lamp in the Harrier and it also gets ISOFIX child seat anchor points. The Harrier also gets ESP terrain response system – Normal, Wet and Rough, which is missing from the Mahindra XUV500.
The Tata Harrier is powered by a 2.0-litre diesel engine that has been supplied by Fiat. Tata calls it the Kryotec 2.0-litre turbocharged engine and it gets a maximum power of 140 PS at 3,750 rpm and a peak torque of 350 Nm between 1,750-2,500 rpm. The Harrier gets segment-first three driving modes Eco, City and Sport. The Tata Harrier only gets a 6-speed manual transmission and surprisingly, there are no AWD variants at the moment.
The Mahindra XUV 500 is powered by a 2.2-litre turbocharged diesel engine that generates a maximum of 155 Bhp and 360 Nm. The diesel engine gets both automatic and manual transmission options. Mahindra also offers AWD variants with the XUV 500. Mahindra also offers 2.2-litre petrol engine with the XUV 500 that generates a maximum of 140 Bhp and 320 Nm. It is available only with an automatic transmission.
The Mahindra XUV500 diesel starts at Rs. 12.5 lakhs and the top model is priced at Rs. 19.21 lakhs. The petrol version of the XUV500 is priced at Rs. 15.61 lakhs. Tata is yet to reveal the official price of the Harrier but the on-road price of the Harrier is expected to be around Rs. 16 lakhs, which will keep the ex-showroom price at around Rs. 14 lakhs.