Crossing a river in a Tata Harrier: Should you do it? [Video]

Tata Harrier was one of the most anticipated SUVs from Tata Motors. Harrier is based on the H5X concept that Tata had showcased in 2018 Auto Expo. Within an year, they launched the production version and it became popular for its unique looks in a short span of time. It now competes with cars like MG Hector, Kia Seltos and Hyundai Creta in the segment. It is actually a front wheel drive SUV which comes with different drive modes and other electronic aids. It has ample amount of ground clearance and for the same reason, many have taken this SUV off-road. Several videos of the same are available online and here we have another video where a Tata Harrier is seen crossing a river and off-roading.

The video has been uploaded by A K Sahu on his YouTube channel. The video actually shows how Tata Harrier reacts or responds in different terrains. The SUV actually has drive modes and Terrain Response system that plays with the throttle response and traction control of the car to perform in different terrains. Tata Harrier as mentioned is a 2WD drive SUV and is never meant to be taken off-road.

In this video, a Tata Harrier is being driven on a river bed and after driving it for some time, the driver enters the river and crosses it to the other side. It looked like, there was not much water in the river. Water was touching the front bumper of the Tata Harrier. After driving it to the other side, the driver brings the SUV back and crosses back to the side from where he started. Tata Harrier actually crossed the river quite easily and it did not even get stuck at once.

This may seem like a fun activity but, should you actually do it. The answer is a big No. The reason is quite simple. Tata Harrier was being driven in a river and the chances of getting stuck in a river is quite high. If it gets stuck, the none of the drive modes or terrain response system on the Harrier would work. The SUV will be stuck as the engine is only transferring the power to front wheels. Another risk involved while doing such activities is getting water inside the engine.

Crossing a river in a Tata Harrier: Should you do it? [Video]


If by any chance water enter the engine, there are several sensors in modern day cars which would detect that and would immediately shutdown the engine. If you are in the middle of the river while this happens, you’ll be in lot of trouble as the only way of getting it fixed is to take it to the service center and get the water out. This is a time and money consuming process.

Later in the video, the same Harrier is seen being driven on rough roads and climbing slightly steep rough roads without any problem. The Harrier is powered by a 2.0 litre turbocharged diesel engine that generates 170 Ps and 350 Nm of peak torque. It is available with both manual and automatic gearbox options.