Indian automobile manufacturer, Tata Motor is set to launch their much-awaited Harrier on January 23. The company started bookings for the new sports utility vehicle on October 15 for a token amount of Rs 30,000. The Harrier will be a direct rival to the Jeep Compass, while its lower variants will compete with the likes of Hyundai Creta and the Mahindra XUV500 as well. The Harrier is expected to be priced between Rs 15- Rs 21 lakh.
The H5X concept-based sports utility vehicle (SUV) is established on Jaguar Land Rover's D8 platform, that underpines SUVs like the Land Rover Discovery Sport and the Range Rover Evoque. The Tata Harrier will be powered by a new 2.0-litre turbocharged diesel engine mated to a six-speed manual trasnmission churning out 140PS of power and a peak torque of 350Nm.
Tata Harrier to launch on January 23, 2019 It features multiple driving modes (Eco, City and Sport) along with three Terrain Response modes of the Electronic Stability Program (ESP) - Normal, Wet and Rough.
The front features a wide grille with integrated LED daytime running lights and below them are its high-intensity discharge (HID) type projector headlamps, and the fog lamps with cornering function. It has a noticeable road presence with length, width and height of 4,598mm, 1,894mm (without mirrors) and 1,706mm respectively.
The Tata Harrier features a floating roofline along with prominent arches over its 17-inch alloy wheels. The sculpted rear features LED tail lamp clusters that go well with the SUV' design. It also gets good underbody cladding with front and rear skid plates which not only serves the off-roading purpose but also provides the model with a rugged look.
Inside, the Harrier get premium dual-tone interiors in black and brown. It features faux leather upholstery with complimentary door trims and a wood-trim on the dash. It also gets an 8.8-inch TFT touchscreen display on the centre console which comes with Tata's ConnectNext infotainment suite and nine-speaker audio system from JBL. Along with the conventional connectivity options, it supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay as well.
The car is rolled out in a five-seat design but is expected to be followed by a seven-seater version as well.