Uddhav Thackeray, who became the 19th chief minister of Maharashtra last year assumed his post in November 2019. CM Thackeray has become quite popular in the state and has a huge fan following too. Uddhav Thackeray and owns a few high-end cars and even drives the vehicles all by himself even after becoming chief minister. Well, guess which vehicle provides a cover for Uddhav Thackray’s convoy? It is the made-in-India Tata Harrier SUV.
In the convoy of Uddhav Thackerey, several black coloured Tata Harrier SUVs can be spotted. Also, a Tata Harrier leads the way and is the pilot vehicle of the chief minister’s convoy. It is the XE variant of the Harrier in an all-black colour. Nevertheless, they do look extremely sinister. We could count three official Tata Harrier SUVs among many other made-in-India cars like the Mahindra TUV300 and the XUV500.
The convoy also has a Land Rover Range Rover while the minister himself travels in a Mercedes-Benz S-Class. The Maharashtra Police officially acquired several hundred Mahindra TUV300 SUVs that were spotted in the convoy.
The Tata Harrier is a mid-size SUV that was launched in the Indian market last year. Earlier this year, the car received a more powerful engine among with several additional features. It is the first car from Tata to get the new design which gets a separate LED DRL while the main headlamp cluster is located in down below in the bumper. It gives a very futuristic look to the car.
This is the first time that a police force or a government security detail is using the Tata Harrier. The mid-size SUV is made on a completely new OMEGA-Arc platform that is derived from the Land Rover’s D8 platform. It gets powered by a 2.0-litre diesel engine that now produces a maximum power of 170 PS and peak torque of 350 Nm. Before the facelift, the Harrier used to produce a maximum of 140 PS and a peak torque of 350 Nm. It only came with a 6-speed manual transmission before the pre-facelift version while the latest iteration of the car also offers a 6-speed automatic transmission and various additional features like a panoramic sunroof.
The Tata Harrier seen here was registered on November 26, 2019, which is two days before Uddhav Thackeray assumed the office. Former Chief Minister Devender Fadnavis had Toyota Fortuner SUVs in the security detail. Earlier this month, the governor of Maharashtra announced austerity drive and said that he will not upgrade his official car due to the financial crunch created by COVID-19 pandemic. He uses a Mercedes-Benz E-Class sedan as an official car. A similar announcement was made by President of India, who uses a Mercedes-Benz S600 Guard.