It seems like the country’s third largest carmaker Tata Motors cannot get enough of making new editions of its highly popular SUV siblings the Safari and the Harrier. This time around at the Auto Expo 2023 the PV manufacturer launched the Red Editions of these two SUVs. And just like all the previous editions of these cars the newly introduced Red Edition models just get some cosmetic and feature upgrades and no mechanical alterations.
The much-anticipated Advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) have been added to the new Harrier and Safari for the 2023 model year update, along with a slew of new functions and some aesthetic improvements. Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB), forward collision alert, lane assist, and even traffic sign recognition are among the ADAS technologies that the carmaker is now offering. Six airbags are also included with the Red Dark variant in addition to these cutting-edge accident prevention measures.
The addition of a significantly larger 10.25-inch infotainment screen, which is once again paired with a nine-speaker JBL sound system, is one of the most noteworthy features of the new 2023 Red Edition cars. In addition, the SUV siblings now get a fully digital instrument cluster in place of the semi-digital one that was previously available and they also get the much anticipated 360-degree camera as well.
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Other upgrades to the interior of the Red Edition models include the all-new ‘Carnelian’ red seat upholstery with a quilted pattern, red leatherette grab handles, grey dashboard trim, and piano black accents on the steering wheel. The new Edition vehicles also receive ventilated front seats and a driver’s seat that is electrically adjustable with memory. The second row of the three-row Safari is now ventilated, the motorised front passenger seat has a “Boss” mode that lets the rear passenger slide the seat forward, and ambient lighting that surrounds the panoramic sunroof.
Meanwhile on the exterior the SUV receives minimal changes and now just gets a slightly different shade of ‘Oberon Black’ along with a small hint of red on the front grille. The new models get the same 18-inch alloy wheel design with the exception that the brake calipers inside them are now painted red.
As mentioned the cars have not received any mechanical changes and continue to get the same 2.0 litre turbocharged diesel engine. This engine generates a maximum of 170 Ps and 350 Nm of peak torque. This engine is offered with a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic transmission option in both the Harrier and Safari.
The company at the Auto Expo also showcased two new engines – a 1.2 and a 1.5 T-GDi petrol motor. According to reports the bigger the 1.5-litre four-cylinder T-GDi engine will be soon making its way under the bonnets of the Safari and Harrier. As per the company this new engine generates a maximum power of 170 PS and peak torque of 280 Nm. Both the engines will comply with the second phase of BS6 and are E20-compliant, which means that they can run on flex-fuel comprising of 20 percent ethanol.
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