A Tata Harrier owner in Kerala has taken to Social Media platform Facebook to thank his vehicle for saving his life in what seems to be a massive rollover crash. According to the Tata Harrier owner – Sajeev Palkunnu – the SUV protected him and his family from serious injuries in a massive accident. The Tata Harrier rolled over multiple times before coming to rest in a stream. Here are some pictures of the Tata Harrier after the accident.
As the images indicate, the accident seems quite serious, and the Harrier has borne the brunt of the impact. Mr. Palkunnu and his family members escaped without injuries, prompting Mr. Palkunnu to profusely thank the Harrier’s sturdy build quality.
This is not the first such accident involving the Harrier, where the SUV has saved lives of its occupants. Multiple Harrier owners have taken to Social Media outlets in the past as well, crediting the SUV’s sturdy build quality for saving their lives in serious accidents.
Tata Motors is known to build sturdy cars. In fact, the likes of the Altroz premium hatchback and the Nexon sub-4 meter compact SUV have both received 5 star ratings from Global NCAP, and are among the strongest cars in their respective segment. However, Global NCAP has yet to crash test the Harrier, which is Tata Motors’ flagship offering. Considering that the Harrier is the most expensive passenger vehicle sold by Tata Motors, it is likely that the SUV would go quite well in a Global NCAP crash test.
The Harrier gets a slew of safety features. Six airbags (driver, co-driver, seat side and curtain), ABS, EBD, traction control, electronic stability program (ESP), hill hold assist, multiple drive modes, brake disc wiping, cruise control, speed alerts, seat belt reminder, roll over mitigation, cornering stability control, automatic headlamps and wipers and hill descent control are the various safety features offered on the top-end trims of the Harrier. The SUV feels very well built, and is quite heavy. In fact, the Harrier sits on the Land Rover D8 platform, re-engineered to suit Indian conditions.
The Harrier currently sold in India is offered with a single engine option: a 2 liter-4 cylinder Fiat Multijet turbo diesel with 170 Bhp of peak power and 350 Nm of peak torque. This engine is offered with two gearbox options: a 6 speed manual and a 6 speed torque converter automatic sourced from Hyundai. A front-wheel driven vehicle, the Harrier could get a petrol-hybrid engine and an all-electric powertrain in future. Prices of the Harrier start from Rs. 13.84 lakh. Key rivals of the Tata Harrier include the MG Hector, Jeep Compass, Kia Seltos, Hyundai Creta and the Mahindra XUV500.
On 26th of January, the Tata Harrier will get a new stablemate in the form of the all-new Safari. The all-new Tata Safari is essentially a 6 seat version of the Harrier, with a new top-hat design and a few other changes. The all-new Tata Safari will share its mechanicals, and much of the feature-set with the Harrier. It’s likely to be priced a lakh or two more than Harrier, and will become Tata Motors’ new flagship vehicle.