Harrier, the soon to be launched SUV from Tata Motors is under active testing in India. Earlier this month, it was spotted testing on the racetrack in Coimbatore, then at high altitude in Leh Ladakh besides testing under extreme weather conditions in Jaisalmer. Now, the car has been spotted testing in the bumper to bumper traffic of Pune city.
Set to make its global debut in the first week of December, the Tata Harrier is now officially open for bookings at a down payment of Rs 30,000. Pricing is expected to be in the region of Rs 13-16 lakhs, ex-showroom.
The latest Tata Harrier SUV spyshots reveal an aggressive exterior design. It is based on Tata’s OMEGA (Optimal Modular Efficient Global Advanced) architecture, which is based on Land Rover’s D8 architecture which has been developed jointly by Tata Motors and Jaguar Land Rover. This new platform offers optimal torsional and bending stiffness making the new Harrier highly efficient on urban and rural road conditions.
Positioned above the Hexa, the Tata Harrier is a 5 seater SUV that gets a large front grille, new headlamp design, LED DRLs and massive bumpers. It also boasts of a floating roofline and gets a raked windscreen blacked out B Pillars and high set tail lamps on C Pillars while it sits on 17” or 18” wheels.
Its interiors boast of a 5 seater layout with a dual tone color scheme (brown and black). Its seats are large and comfortable and get memory function on front seats. Other cabin comforts are rear AC vents, a Harman powered touchscreen infotainment system with Apple Car Play and Android Auto. In terms of safety, the Harrier gets ABS and EBD, airbags, hill descent control and traction control.
A 2.0 liter Kryotec diesel engine powers the Tata Harrier, which has been derived from the Fiat MultiJet II engine, which also powers the Jeep Compass. The engine is capable of 140 PS power and 320 Nm torque mated to a 6 speed manual gearbox or 6 speed automatic. The new Harrier will compete with the Hyundai Creta and Jeep Compass once officially launched in the country.