Tata Motors’ dealer seem to be offering the Harrier SUV with a dual tone paint scheme. One such example has been spotted on video. Take a look.
The dealer-customized Tata Harrier in Orca white gets a black roof and blacked out alloys, and the combination makes it look quite good. Many Youtube commentators have even compared this customized Tata Harrier with the Range Rover Evoque. So, you get the drift, right?
Such a customization job won’t cost much. The contrast roof wrap can be had for under Rs. 1,000, while painting the alloy wheels in black will also cost about the same. So, for Rs. 20,000, the Tata Harrier can be made to look a lot smarter than the stock version. In the coming months, expect many more custom versions of the Harrier to be launched in the Indian market.
The Tata Harrier was launched in January, earlier this year, at a stunning starting price of Rs. 12.69 lakhs, ex showroom Delhi. There are four variants of the SUV on sale, and the top-end variant is priced at Rs. 16.25 lakhs. Tata Motors has priced the Harrier in between the Hyundai Creta and Mahindra XUV500, and the SUV is a lot cheaper than the Jeep Compass, not to mention much larger.
The Taa Harrier is currently offered with a single engine-gearbox combination: a 2 liter Fiat Multijet turbocharged diesel with 170 Bhp-350 Nm, and a 6 speed manual gearbox driving the front wheels. Tata Motors offers multiple driving modes, including an off road mode that varies torque between the two front wheels depending on grip requirements. However, there is no full fledged all wheel drive option. Tata Motors is working on an automatic variant of the Harrier, which is expected to be launched by the end of this year.
The Tata Harrier Automatic will use a 6 speed torque converter automatic gearbox sourced from Hyundai. While there is talk of a petrol engine on the SUV, it’s unlikely to be introduced in a hurry. Even if introduced, the petrol variant of the Harrier will not be launched in India anytime before the middle of 2020. For now, the diesel and diesel automatic variants of the Harrier is what Tata Motors will focus on. Even a four wheel drive system is not the priority for the automaker considering the low demand for such an option.
The Harrier will be joined by a 7 seat sibling later this year. Called the Buzzard, the 7 seat iteration of the Harrier was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show. While the front end styling is similar on both cars, the rear is totally different. The Buzzard, which while sharing the same wheelbase with the Harrier, is much longer. The Tata Buzzard is expected to sit above the Harrier in terms of price and positioning, and could be a replacement to the Safari Storme until Tata Motors comes up with another tough, body-on-ladder 4X4 SUV as a real Storme alternative.