The BS6 Tata Harrier’s new XT+ and XTA trims sit above XT and XMA, respectively
Earlier this year, Tata Motors introduced its flagship Harrier compact crossover (or “5-seater SUV”) in BS6 format alongside significant improvements in terms of features and powertrains. Cosmetic changes were rather minor and the highlight was the addition of a 6-speed automatic variant.
The Tata Harrier, despite playing in a segment one step above, is often compared with products as the Hyundai Creta and Kia Seltos. Owing to this, the Indian automaker plans to introduce two new trims to widen its pricing. The upcoming XT+ and XTA (automatic) trims sit above current XT and XMA options, respectively.
At present, the 2020MY Tata Harrier BS6 is sold in eight trims: XE, XM, XT, XZ, XZ+, XMA, XZA and XZA+. Both trims get all the features and functionalities in XT alongside a few extras. The company is yet to reveal the full list of equipment in XT+ and XTA. Pricing remains unknown as well. Rumours suggest that XTA would miss out panoramic sunroof (another welcome addition in the BS6 Harrier).
Tata Harrier BS6 Features
Other upgrades in the latest Tata Harrier version extend to new colour options, bigger 17-inch wheels (that look better too), powered driver seat, auto-dimming IRVM, etc. Furthermore, Tata Motors has ironed out some minor niggles or ‘bugs’ that were prominent in the original BS4 model. The company is also working on a 7-seater Harrier version dubbed Gravitas. It was showcased at Auto Expo 2020 in a near-production avatar.
Tata Motors debuted its range toppers in international markets under the names, Buzzard Sport (Harrier) and Buzzard (Gravitas). The reason for this was that Toyota Motor had a mid-size crossover dubbed Harrier. The Toyota Harrier has received a major update for the 2021 model year and is sold as the Venza in North America.
Tata Harrier BS6 Specs
The Tata Harrier is powered by a 2.0-litre Kryotec diesel four-cylinder engine(derived from FCA’s Multijet 2.0 II unit). In BS6 format, the engine generates 168bhp and 350Nm of torque while mated to either a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission.
Ex-showroom prices of the Tata Harrier BS6 start at Rs 13.69 lakh for manual variant. The base automatic variant comes at Rs 16.25 lakh. The Tata Harrier primarily rivals FCA India’s Jeep Compass (mild facelift in the works) and MG Motor India’s Hector (three-row ‘Plus’ variant launched recently). Higher up on the price ladder, the Volkswagen T-Roc and Skoda Karoq are interesting alternatives.