Tata Motors has launched the BS6 compliant version of Harrier at the Auto Expo 2020. The updated Harrier will be available starting February 20, 2020.
Pricing has yet not been announced but we expect the ex-showroom prices to up by Rs. 40,000-60,000 for non-automatic variants. The corresponding automatic variamts are likely to costs Rs. 1.2 lakh to Rs. 1.5 lakh more.
That means the entry level XE variant would now be close Rs 14 lakh while the top-end XZA+ with automatic could cross Rs. 20 lakh.
But its not only the price that will be going up.
But Tata has also upgraded its stylish SUV. So now you get significantly more power: 170 Bhp and 350 Nm instead of the earlier 140 Bhp-350 Nm. The other big change is that you can now get the Harrier with a Hyundai-sourced 6-speed automatic gearbox.
Automatic gearbox will be available in the XMA, XZA and XZA+ variants.
On the inside, the driver gets an electrically adjustable seat and there is now auto dimming IRVMs. Plus, there is now a panoramic sunroof as well which will be available in the two top-end trims, the XZ+ and XZA+.
And, yes, you can now get Harrier in very bright and bold Red colour which adds to an already extensive colour pallet.
Harrier was always a pretty good SUV to drive, particularly at high speeds. The more powerful new engine therefore would only add to fun-to-drive factor. The steering was a shade heavy at parking speeds but that gave it superb balance at high speeds. It remains to be seen if the set up has been tweaked.
The radically designed Harrier might not be to everyone’s liking but there is no denying that it’s a head turner. The cabin too is well designed with premium materials. The seats are large and comfy with plenty of room for the three at back. Harrier’s boot too is large.
The BS6 compliant engine, at least in Jeep Trailhawk, is a lot more refined and quite than non BS IV engine. It will be interesting to see if the same holds true in case of Tata Harrier.
The Harrier competes with the likes the MG Hector, Jeep Compass and Mahindra XUV500, and is a five seat SUV. Now watch this space for updates on the new, new Mahindra XUV500 and MG Hector’s BS6 compliant diesel version.