When Tata launched the Harrier a little over a year ago, it was the talk of the town, for it was well priced, aggressively styled with Land Rover underpinnings and came equipped with a host of equipment. It had a huge impact on the SUV segment, making the company’s most recent accomplishment. However, when first launched, it did not come with an automatic transmission, and was lacking a few vital features. The 2020 model has bigger wheels, gets more equipment and a more refined BS6-compliant diesel engine. We list out 5 reasons why you should consider buying a Tata Harrier.
1) Styled to impress
The Harrier is not only one of the most attractive cars to have come out of the Tata stables, but is also the most stylish SUV on sale in India in the 20 lakh rupee price bracket. At the front, it gets high-set LED DRLs, flanked by the Range-Rover-inspired grille, while the headlights are set lower into the bumper accompanied by fog lamps. The overall stance of the SUV is very butch and muscular with those prominent wheel arches and the floating roof effect. Chrome detailing is found in the right amounts, while at the rear, the sleek LED tail lights give it a sporty appeal.
2) Comfort at its best
The cabin of the Harrier is bound to leave one thoroughly impressed, for it well-built and well put together. The oak wood panel on the dashboard gives the interior a very upmarket feel, and the top-of-the-line model comes with an 8.8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with in-built navigation and Apple CarPlay. It gets a digital tachometer and an analogue speedometer, plus it comes with a 7.0-inch TFT semi-digital instrument cluster. There’s a generous amount of leather used all over the cabin, giving it a premium feel.
3) Power for the course
The Tata Harrier is sold with one engine option, available with a 6-speed manual and a Hyundai-sourced 6-speed automatic transmission. It is powered by a Fiat 2.0-litre Multijet engine that makes 168bhp and 350Nm of torque. Power is sent to the front wheels. Refinement levels have improved over the older model, and the engine is quiet at idle. The clutch, although heavy, is smoother to operate. The Harrier is capable of overtaking effortlessly. In Sport mode, the engine is responsive while Eco mode is best used in the city. We still wish it paddle-shifters though.
4) Features galore
It gets a raft of features like a 9-speaker JBL audio system with four tweeter and a subwoofer, automatic projector headlamps, 8.8-inch touch screen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, electrically adjustable driver seat, reverse camera, push button start, panoramic sunroof, keyless entry, rain sensing wipers, electronically controlled exterior mirrors, ABS, EBD, Corner Stability Control, Roll-Over Mitigation, Electronic Stability Program, Hill Hold Assist, Hill Descent Control and Electronic Traction Control.
5) A Land Rover underneath
The Harrier has the underpinnings of a Land Rover, with a D8 architecture-derived platform called Omega Arc. This new platform ensures improved driving dynamics and torsional rigidity. However, all-wheel-drive is not offered on the Harrier at the moment. The Harrier takes on the likes of the Jeep Compass and Mahindra XUV500.