Tata Harrier has gotten off to a good start. Launched on 15th Jan, full month sales of the SUV have averaged over 2k units for the last three months. April 2019 saw Harrier register sales of 2,075 units, as against 1,508 units registered by Mahindra XUV500, and 1,204 units registered by Jeep Compass – reveals Auto Punditz.
From the period Feb to April, Harrier sales stand at 6,016 units while XUV500 stands at 5,230 units and Compass at 3,949 units. Unlike the other two rivals, Harrier is only offered in a single engine option, with a single transmission option. To boost sales, Tata is working on launching petrol variant of Harrier, as well as an automatic option.
Harrier’s engine is the same Fiat engine that can be seen on Jeep Compass in India. However, the one on Jeep Compass has been configured to deliver 170 PS of max power, while on Harrier, it offers 140 PS power and 350 Nm torque mated to a 6 speed manual transmission.
Harrier automatic transmission will be integrated to work with multiple drive modes (Eco, City and Sport) and terrain response modes of Normal, Wet and Rough. However, there is no news yet about launching a four wheel drive Harrier. Tata Harrier automatic will have all the high-end features of existing model such as six airbags, ABS with EBD, Electronic Stability Program, rollover mitigation system, cornering stability control, electronic traction control, HID projector headlamps, 8.8-inch floating touchscreen infotainment system, and JBL audio with 9 speakers.
Harrier is based on OMEGA (Optimal Modular Efficient Global Advanced) architecture, which has been derived from Land Rover’s D8 platform. Harrier is also the first Tata vehicle to use the company’s Impact Design 2.0 philosophy. Its exteriors show off a blend of a contemporary design with an SUV stance, commanding a strong on road presence. It gets clear headlamps, 3D LED tail lamps, outer mirrors with Logo Projection and 235/65 R17 alloy wheels fitted under flared wheel arches.
Tata is also going to launch a 7 seater Harrier (Buzzard at Geneva) later this year. Rivals Mahindra are going to launch new generation XUV500 next year, while Jeep is going to launch Compass facelift next year as well.