Tata Harrier is currently the most talked-about vehicle in the Indian market. After months of releasing teaser images, Tata has officially unveiled the Harrier completely. The Harrier looks extremely good but misses out on a few crucial features like an AWD system, which would have given it the true-SUV DNA. However, to compensate for the AWD system, Tata has heavily invested in the Terrain Response system that makes it more capable even with the FWD system.
To showcase how capable the Tata Harrier is even with the FWD set-up, Tata has released a new video that shows the Harrier playing in the sand dunes in Rajasthan. The Harrier can be seen sliding through the sand dunes without losing any control, which shows how well it can handle the terrain.
The Tata Harrier gets three drive modes – City, Economy and Sports while there are two more terrain response settings – Wet and Rough roads. The front axle of the Tata Harrier is designed in a way that it sends the power to the wheel which is in contact with the ground.
The advanced ESP system of the Harrier works effectively, ensuring that the Harrier’s capabilities remain better than any other FWD SUVs. In fact, on the media drive, we tried taking the vehicle on a very sandy and rocky path and the power distribution between the front two wheels could be felt. It is the same system that ensured that the Harrier could go around in the sand dunes without getting stuck.
The ESP system of the Tata Harrier gets 14 advanced functions that includes electric brake force distribution, corner stability control, off-road ABS, electronic traction control, rollover mitigation, brake disc wiping, electronic brake pre-fill, hydraulic brake assist, hydraulic fading compensation, dynamic wheel torque by brake, hill hold control and hill descent control.
The top-end version of the Harrier also gets 6 airbags including driver, co-driver, seat side and curtain airbags. All the variants of the Harrier come with ABS as standard. It gets disc brakes in front wheels and drum brakes in the rear. All the systems work together to ensure that the Harrier can climb on respectable off-roading trails. The front fog lamps of the Harrier act as cornering lamps, ensuring that the corners stay light during sharp bends.
The Tata Harrier is available in four variants and all the versions are powered by the same 2.0-litre Multijet engine paired with the same 6-speed manual transmission. Tata has already started taking bookings for the Harrier officially and the price would be announced in early January. Unofficial estimates range between Rs. 16-21 lakhs.
The production of the Harrier has already started and the deliveries would start by the mid-January. Tata is also working on an extended wheelbase of the Harrier that will accommodate 7 occupants and is internally known as the H7X. The H7X will have styling that’s different from that of the Harrier. Also, it’ll be much longer.