With BS6 deadline getting closer, Tata Motors is getting ready to update the existing Harrier BS4 to BS6 norms. Updated Harrier will get larger alloys, panoramic sunroof.
Launched in January last year, Tata Harrier sales in the initial months were impressive. But post the launch of MG Hector in June 2019, sales declined rapidly. What followed was Tata trying hard to get back the lost sales by launching new editions, accessories, warranty packages, etc.
Harrier is even offered at discounts of up to Rs 1 lakh. But nothing helped to get back the lost sales. Buyers still preferred the more expensive MG Hector, even though they have to wait for about 3 months or more.
Tata will once again try to get back lost sales with the launch of Harrier BS6. Though it will not come with petrol engine, it will come with missing features like 18 inch dual tone alloys, panoramic electric sunroof, etc. It will also get the automatic transmission. Spy images are credit to automotive enthusiast Siddharth Patil.
Currently, Harrier is only offered with a 2 liter diesel BS4 engine, sourced from FCA India. This engine on the Harrier delivers about 140 hp. In BS6 guise, this engine will deliver 170 hp, in both manual as well as auto transmission.
This increase in power, BS6 update, new features, etc will result in the prices of the Harrier BS6 to be increased in the region of Rs 1 lakh. And even higher in cases of top variant and with automatic transmission. Currently, Tata Harrier BS4 prices start from Rs 13.4 lakhs and goes all the way to Rs 17.37 lakhs for top variant, ex-sh.
Tata Harrier BS6 is expected to make its debut next month, at the 2020 Auto Expo. Launch is expected to take place in March 2020. At the auto show, Tata will also unveil Gravitas, which is the 7 seater variant of Harrier. Gravitas is expected to replace Hexa from company line-up. Tata will also showcase the H2X production variant at Auto Expo.
Ahead of Auto Expo, later this week Tata Motors will launch facelifted Tiago, Tigor and Nexon. These three cars will get BS6 engines. Tiago and Tigor will only get petrol BS6 while Nexon will get BS6 petrol as well as BS6 diesel engine options.