Tata Motors’ hottest new car – the Harrier SUV – does not get a dual tone job from the factory although a few Tata dealers do offer such an option at a steep cost. Here is one such dealer-modified Tata Harrier in Calisto Copper paint scheme, with a contrast black roof. The owner of this SUV, Mr. Vinu Balan, tweeted this to Tata Motors’ design chief Pratap Bose, who had the following to say about the mod job.
@BosePratap sir and @TataMotors you may definitely wana consider offering dual tone #TataHarrier. This is what my #Petta looks after a roof wrap from @3mcarcareindia. Personally, i think the awesomeness went further higher. @ClubHarrier pic.twitter.com/eHufbOQ4cW
— Vinu Balan (@ivanVinu) March 18, 2019
Notably, Tata Motors’ official Twitter handle has also taken note of the mod-job, and has mentioned that the pictures have been forwarded to the concerned team for consideration. Now, it remains to be seen if Tata Motors offers the dual tone, contrast roof paint job on the Harrier as either a dealer accessory, or a factory custom. For now though, the response has been positive. Don’t be surprised to see Tata offering such an option in future.
The Harrier, which was launched in India in early 2019, has bagged over 15,000 bookings. Waiting times for the SUV range from a few weeks to a couple of months in most cases, and this indicates stiff demand. The Harrier has begun outselling the Jeep Compass, and is just behind the Mahindra XUV500. Once Tata Motors manages to produce enough of the Harrier, the SUV is likely to overtake the Mahindra XUV500 as well.
The SUV’s prices range between Rs. 12.69 lakhs and Rs. 16.25 lakhs, ex-showroom Delhi, and this super competitive pricing means that the Harrier straddles multiple segments, appealing to a wide range of SUV buyers. While the Hyundai Creta is an obvious competitor for the lower variants of the SUV, the higher variants take on the Mahindra XUV500, and in some cases the Jeep Compass.
The Tata Harrier is currently offered with a single engine-gearbox combination. A 2 liter Fiat Multijet turbocharged diesel engine powers the SUV, and makes 140 Bhp-350 Nm. This engine is mated to a 6 speed manual gearbox that drives the front wheels. There’s no all wheel drive feature on offer although there’s a ‘rough road’ mode on offer, which varies torque between the two front wheels of the SUV to maximise traction in low grip conditions.
By the end of this year, the Harrier will receive a 6 speed torque converter automatic gearbox sourced from Hyundai. By the middle of next year, a turbocharged petrol motor, displacing 1.6 liters and making about 140 Bhp, is expected to be offered as well. With these new options, the Harrier promises to be a well rounded SUV by the middle of 2020.