Tata Harrier, the latest SUV from the Indian car maker has gained quite a popularity in the market. The all-new Harrier takes on the likes of top-end versions of Creta, Jeep Compass and Mahindra XUV500. In fact, recently Mahindra launched a new variant of XUV500, which is priced lower than the Tata Harrier in the market. Despite the launch of the new variant, Mahindra stayed behind the numbers of the Tata Harrier on the sales chart.
In the month of May 2019, Tata sold 1,779 units of the Harrier while Mahindra sold 1,195 units. The Tata Harrier’s high-end variants also take on the Jeep Compass and in comparison, Jeep only sold 977 units of the Compass in the Indian market in the same period of time.
With this, the Tata Harrier has become the best-selling vehicle in the segment comprising of the XUV500 and Jeep Compass. The Harrier will soon face competition from the likes of MG Hector, which will be launched in the Indian market soon. The Tata Harrier gets a modern design with separate housings for the LED DRL and main headlamp cluster. The all-new Tata Harrier comes with a very attractive entry-level price tag of Rs 12.69 lakh and comes with a range of features too. The all-new Harrier gets a large touchscreen infotainment system with a digital-analogue console. The Harrier does not offer an AWD or 4X4 system but it comes with the Tata’s newly developed Terrain Response System, which is a unique system to make the FWD vehicles much more capable.
Since there is a very low demand for AWD or 4X4 vehicles in India, Tata offers a unique system, which works by applying the brakes on the individual front wheel and ensuring that the wheel, which is moving freely does not get the power and it is transferred to the other wheel on the axle.
The all-new Tata Harrier gets powered by a 2.0-litre diesel engine that is sourced from Fiat. It is exactly the same engine that powers the Jeep Compass in the market. However, in the Harrier, the engine is tuned to produce lower power, which is 140 PS and a similar torque of 350 Nm. The engine comes only with a 6-speed manual transmission that sends the power to the front wheel.
Tata is expected to launch the all-new 7-seater version of the Harrier, which is likely to be called as Buzzard in the Indian market by the end of this year. The all-new car will be the true rival of the XUV500 in the market. Tata is also planning to launch an automatic transmission for the Harrier, which will make it even more attractive in the market. Soon, Tata will also launch the Altroz, which will become the first premium hatchback from the brand and will take on the likes of Maruti Baleno and Hyundai Elite i20.