Tata Harrier is the next big launch from the manufacturer and the bookings for the all-new SUV has already started. Tata has officially unveiled the SUV to media journalists and the official price announcement will happen in January 2019. Post the price announcement, the deliveries would begin.
Tata Harrier has been spotted on the road without any camouflage multiple times as they are currently being showcased in different cities for the prospective customers. A latest picture posted on ACI forum shows the Tata Harrier and the Jeep Compass in the same frame and the comparison is quite surprising. Even though the picture has been taken from the rear, the Harrier looks much taller and much more intimidating. It has a much bigger road presence than the Jeep Compass on the road.
The upcoming Tata Harrier is much bigger in dimensions when compared to the rivals like Hyundai Creta and Jeep Compass. Even the Mahindra XUV 500 is smaller in dimensions. The Tata Harrier measures 4,598 mm in length, 1,714 mm in height and 1,894 mm in width. It gets a wheelbase of 2,741 mm. The Jeep Compass measures 4,395mm in length, 1,818 mm in width and 1,640 mm in height.
This makes the Harrier much bigger in every dimension. The all-new Harrier is based on heavily modified version of the Land Rover Discovery Sport platform. The Discovery Sport also measures similar to the Harrier when it comes to length. However, Tata has replaced the aluminium with high tensile steel to keep the cost affordable.
It is also interesting to know that the Jeep Compass and the Tata Harrier both use the same diesel engine. Tata sources the 2.0-litre Multijet diesel engine from Fiat and calls it the Kryotec. The engine produces a maximum power of 140 Bhp and a peak torque of 350 Nm. Tata will not offer an automatic transmission at the time of the launch of the Harrier and it will only be offered with a six-speed manual transmission. However, at a later stage, Tata will offer the 6-speed torque convertor automatic transmission sourced from Hyundai with the Harrier.
The Tata Harrier also misses out on certain features like AWD system. Instead, Tata offers Terrain Response System that modulates the power to the front two wheels. The Terrain Response System is quite effective and enables the Harrier to reach challenging places. However, it is not as effective as a 4WD system. The Harrier also does not offer a sunroof, which is quickly becoming a common feature in the segment. However, there is touchscreen system with 9-speaker surround sound and sub-woofer from JBL. The Harrier also gets standard ABS+EBD as safety feature. The higher variants get 6 airbag system.
As always, Tata is expected to price the upcoming Harrier very competitively in the market. The prices would be announced on 23rd January. Word on the street suggests that the Harrier would be priced in between Rs. 16-20 lakhs. Don’t be surprised if Tata decides to play the value card, and price the SUV lower. Stay tuned for all the live updates straight from the event.