Tata Harrier, the much-awaited SUV was launched earlier this year in the Indian market. The all-new SUV from the homegrown manufacturer has gained massive traction in the Indian market and there is a huge waiting period on the SUV in the market. However, there are many who are disappointed on the fact that the Harrier does not offer an AWD or 4X4 system. The Harrier is underpinned by the new OMEGA ARC platform that is derived from the Jaguar Land Rover’s D8 platform. The same platform underpins the Discovery, which is a very capable off-roading vehicle.
However, Tata has developed a multi-mode traction control system that allows the Harrier to reach challenging places. The various terrain modes on the vehicle help it to tackle different road surfaces and definitely makes it more capable than the regular 4X2 SUVs. This video from Sagar R shows exactly what kind of terrains the Harrier can take on.
In the video, the Tata Harrier can be seen reversing on a rough incline. The driver of the vehicle gets out to check the ground clearance and sees if the underbody of the vehicle will be damaged in the process and then carries on with his attempt. Reversing the Tata Harrier on the rough incline is not the easiest thing and the front wheels of the SUV struggle to find grip initially too. But by the end of it, the Tata Harrier can be seen climbing the incline without any problem and reaches the top without getting the underbody scraped.
The Tata Harrier offers a ground clearance of 205mm, which is enough to keep it clear of most of the obstacles on the road. Why did the driver reverse the vehicle instead of taking it forward? Well, the exact reason is not known but in off-roading, many try this technique to climb on short steep inclines. All the SUVs have a longer front overhang when compared to the rear overhang. This increases the approach angle of the vehicle if it is reversed. But we think that this test was done to purely check Harrier’s capabilities and not because of a limited approach angle.
The Tata Harrier is powered by a 2.0-litre diesel engine sourced from Fiat. Tata has rebadged it as the KRYOTEC 2.0 engine and it generates a maximum power of 140 PS and a peak torque of 350 Nm. The Harrier comes with a 6-speed manual transmission at the moment but soon Tata is expected to launch a 6-speed automatic transmission sourced from Hyundai. The Harrier gets various driving modes and engine modes that change the SUV behave on different terrains. It surely does not make the vehicle as capable as the 4WD SUVs but the terrain response system surely helps in difficult situations. Tata is said to be working on a new AWD system for the SUV but it is not known when it will be introduced to the Harrier.