Launched earlier this year, the Tata Harrier has already become one of the most popular vehicles in the segment. The all-new Tata Harrier is based on a platform, which is derived from the Land Rover’s D8 platform that underpins the Discovery. The Harrier is the first vehicle that is based on the all-new Omega Arc platform of Tata and it has gained quite a bit of attention on the roads because of its looks.
Even though the Omega Arc platform is a derivative of the D8 platform, a number of enthusiasts expected that the all-new Tata Harrier will get a 4WD option. However, due to the extremely poor demand of the 4WD vehicles in India and massive development cost involved, Tata only offers an FWD set-up with the Harrier. But that’s not it. Tata has developed the Terrain Response System, similar to the one we get to see in the Land Rover vehicles for the Harrier. The system utilises the Electronic Stability Program (ESP) of the vehicle to individually apply the brake on the front wheels and make it work as a locked differential.
Although this feature does not make the Harrier as capable as the 4WD SUVs, it sure adds an edge to the vehicle’s capability. The Harrier is definitely more capable than the other 2WD SUVs in the segment due to the Terrain Response System. In this video, we can see a brand new Tata Harrier with temporary number plates doing some light off-roading. The video uploaded by Nick Zeek shows the SUV going through some unpaved roads and climbing on an incline with gravels. The Tata Harrier takes on the unpaved roads quite well and reaches the top of the incline and then comes down without the underbody getting scratched at any point.
It should be noted that the unpaved road that shows in the video is not much of a big challenge for the Harrier and it can do much more than this. The Tata Harrier can be used in slippery surfaces too, due to its terrain response system but it may not come out of the slush and ruts. Even though a 4WD version of the Harrier may not become a reality, we may get to see a 4WD equipped Tata Harrier in the market in the future, if there’s enough demand for it.
Currently, the Tata Harrier offers a single engine-transmission combination. The Harrier comes powered by a 2.0-litre diesel engine that develops a maximum power of 140 PS and peak torque of 350 Nm. It comes with a 6-speed manual transmission as standard. Tata is expected to launch a more powerful version of the Harrier with the launch of the BS6 version of the vehicle. Tata will also launch an automatic version of the Harrier by the end of this year or early next year.