The official photos of the Tata Harrier are out and we are quite impressed. The first drive of the car has also been conducted by Tata a couple of days before and and this point, we can’t tell you anymore than that Tata has done a really commendable job. Upon its launch, the Harrier faces no immediate direct competition in the market.
However, the likes of Mahindra XUV500 and Jeep Compass will surely pose a threat to it in all aspects. While we already told you how the XUV500 fares against the Harrier, here is how the Jeep Compass compares against the new Tata heavyweight.
Design and Dimensions
The Tata Harrier is going to be the company’s flagship SUV and the SUV looks the part. It looks quite good and features a unique design form. The production version and the concept are extremely close to each other that’s some what not many cars achieve. Talking of the dimensions, the Harrier is larger than other SUVs like the Mahindra XUV500 and the Jeep Compass. The Harrier is 4,598 mm long, 1,894 mm wide and 1706 mm in height. The ground clearance of the SUV stands at 205 mm wile its wheelbase measures 2,741 mm.
Coming onto the Jeep Compass, It may be a bit short on dimensions but is a good looking SUV too. Infact, it’s designed in a way to look more bigger than it actually is. The Jeep Compass measures 4395 mm in length, 1818 mm in width and has a height of 1640 mm. This makes it much smaller than the Harrier in all aspects. The Compass has a wheelbase of 2636 mm and a ground clearance of 178 mm, both of which again are less than what the Harrier offers.
Interiors and Features
The Tata Harrier features Oak Brown colour scheme on the interiors and upholstery which feels premium. The SUV is quite spacious from the inside and gets lots of leather on many bits which include its steering wheel. Soft touch material adorn the dashboard and there is an anti-reflective Nappa Grain layer on top of it. Other feature include a segment first 8.8 inch infotainment system along with a JBL supplied 9-speaker system that includes 4 tweeters and an amplifier. Under arm cooled box, 2.4 Ampere USB charging points and a class leading 7-inch Driver Information Display screen also make an appearance on the car.
The Compass is also great of the the Jeep Compass, It also comes with a nice interior loaded with features up till brim. This includes exce;;ent fron deats, dual-zone climate control, bi-xenon headlamps, auto up/down front windows, a decent 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system along with keyless entry and ignition. The cabin, though simple to look is well made and feels premium. The safety features on the car icludes ABS, dual airbags, electronic stability control, and hill-start assist. The top of the line variant (Limited) gets eight airbags, traction control, cornering lights and adaptive brake lights to boot.
The Tata Harrier sports a Fiat sourced 2-litre, 4 cylinder KRYOTEC diesel engine. This engine is in fact the 2.0 litre Fiat Multijet engine which has been re badged by Tata Motors for use on their products. The SUV will also will also come have a drive selector with 3 built in driving modes – Eco, City and Sport. The engine output stands at 140 PF of power along with 350 Nm of torque. Surprisingly, the Harrier won’t feature an AWD system which limits it capabilities to some extent.
The Jeep Compass, on the other hand, gets powered by both diesel and petrol engines. The diesel engine is a 2.0 litre Multijet unit which produces 171 Bhp of power and 350 Nm of torque. The petrol motor is a 1.4 litre Multiair engine that churns out 161 Bhp of power and 250 Nm of torque.
The Tata Harrier’s KRYOTECH engine will come mated to a six speed manual transmission. Contrary to what was being claimed earlier, the SUV will not have a automatic transmission even as an option. However, an automatic transmission is in the pipeline and will make and appearance later on during the SUVs life cycle. The automatic box will be a 6-speed torque converter that will be supplied by Hyundai.
Talking of the Jeep Compass, the SUV does not have an automatic option on its diesel variants. this has been its sore point since long and the diesel powered variants only come with a 6-speed manual gearbox. However the petrol variants have a seven speed automatic gerabox on offer.
Everything about the Harrier is out now, except the pricing. The final price will be revealed only after the launch event. However, going by the rumors and speculations, we guess the pricing will be kept from around Rs. 16 lakh to Rs. 20 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi. Tata knows that pricing is the final determining factor for a vehicle’s success in India and so it is expected that the company will place the Harrier accordingly.
As for the Jeep Compass, the diesel variant of the SUV starts at Rs. 16.60 lakhs, ex-showroom, Delhi, for the diesel variant base model which is much higher than the Harrier’s expected price. The top-end diesel variant of Compass comes for Rs. 22.90 lakh, ex showroom.