Tata Harrier, the all-new SUV launched earlier this year in the Indian market has become very popular in the Indian market. The all-new Harrier takes on the likes of Mahindra XUV500 while the higher-end variants also go against the lower-end variants of the Jeep Compass. Despite the slowdown in the market, Tata managed to sell more than 1,200 units of the Harrier in the Indian market, which is more than the Jeep Compass and the Mahindra XUV500.
In the month of June, Tata Motors sold 1,216 units of Harrier in the Indian market. In comparison, Mahindra sold 1,129 units of the XUV500 while Jeep sold a dismal 791 units in the market. It should be noted that all the manufacturers have faced the slowdown in the Indian market over the last couple of months.
The sales figure of the cars from this segment will become quite interesting in the coming months. MG recently launched the all-new Hector, which has gathered over 10,000 bookings in just 23 days. In some cities, MG Hector has a waiting period of a massive 7 months! The launch of the Hector is expected to affect the sales of the other vehicles present in the segment. It should be noted that Kia will launch the all-new Seltos in the Indian market in the coming months too. The Seltos will be the Hyundai Creta rival but will take on the Harrier, Hector, Compass and the XUV500 too.
The Tata Harrier became the first car in the Indian market to get the OMEGA ARC platform. The all-new platform is derived from the Land Rover’s D8 architecture, which ensures a plush ride feeling. The Tata Harrier also offers a unique look in the segment with separate housings for the DRL and the main headlamp cluster. The car gets sleek DRLs positioned on either side of the grille, while the main headlamp cluster is positioned closer to the ground, on the bumper.
Tata offers the Harrier with a 2.0-litre KRYOTEC engine that is the same engine that powers the Jeep Compass and the MG Hector in the Indian market. In the Harrier, the four-cylinder, turbocharged diesel engine produces a maximum power of 140 PS and peak torque of 350 Nm. The all-new Harrier currently only offers a 6-speed manual transmission.
It should be noted that Tata is working on upgrading the diesel engine to meet the new BS6 emission norms. With the new norms, the power of the Harrier will jump to 170 PS, similar to the Jeep Compass and the Hector. Also, we can expect the manufacturer to add a 6-speed automatic transmission too. Tata will also launch the 7-seater version of the Harrier, which will be known as the Buzzard.