Over the past week, Tata Motors has been releasing teaser after teaser, prompting speculation that the facelifted Harrier is getting closer to launch. The latest teaser put out by Tata Motors should put an end to this speculation. The new teaser shows not just the Harrier but also the Nexon and Safari SUVs, hinting at special editions of all three vehicles. The special editions of the Harrier, Safari and Nexon will be launched tomorrow.
The Nexon has been Tata Motors’ best selling vehicle for many months, and in fact the sub-4 meter compact SUV even topped sales charts to become India’s best selling SUV. With the Nexon, there’s a lot of variety on offer – petrol, diesel and even electric. The SUV’s sturdy build, 5 star crash safety rating and constantly refreshed looks are three big reasons for its sales success. The special edition model is likely to add more features. Don’t expect major changes though as the Nexon is due for a full-model change.
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The Harrier is a mid-size SUV that rivals the MG Hector Mahindra XUV700, the Scorpio-N, the Hyundai Creta, Alcazar, Kia Seltos and a range of similarly priced vehicles. The SUV has great street presence, and is priced quite well. It’s available only with a diesel engine, and this is somewhat of a limiting factor. While Tata Motors is said to be working on a turbo petrol engine for the Harrier, the new motor is quite a while away.
For now, the special edition model of the Harrier will keep the SUV fresh for festive season sales even as the facelifted model is being readied up for launch. The facelifted Harrier will see stylistic changes, and additional features such as a 360 degree camera and ADAS. A launch in early 2023 is likely. Tata Motors has already commenced road testing the facelifted Harrier.
The Safari is Tata Motors’ flagship offering, and replaces the Safari Storme, which was a ladder frame SUV with a four wheel drive layout. The new Safari is aimed at better on-road comfort, which explains the monocoque body and a front wheel drive layout. Mechanically, the Safari is similar to the Harrier, and even in terms of looks, both SUVs are quite similar except for their rears.
Tata Motors is expected to introduce a petrol engine in the Safari as well but that’ll take a year or two to materialize. For now though, the Safari is a diesel-only offering, with both manual and automatic gearbox options on offer. The Special Edition model of the Safari will an exercise at giving the SUV a mild refresh. Don’t expect anything dramatic though. Competition for the Safari comes from the MG Hector, Mahindra XUV700 and the just-launched Scorpio-N. Built tough, the Safari exudes sturdiness, and is quite spacious.
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