Tata Harrier: First Drive Review
- Dec 7, 2018
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Tata Harrier gets a new 2.0-litre Kryotec turbo-diesel engine
Makes 140PS of power and 350Nm of torque
Gets a 6-speed manual gearbox with FWD
Monocoque construction based on the Land Rover D8 platform that also underpins the Discovery Sport
Despite FWD, it gets an ESP based Terrain Management System with three modes - Normal, Wet and Rough
Gets independent lower wishbone suspension setup up front with MacPherson struts and anti roll bar
Rear gets a semi-independent suspension setup
Safety features include six airbags along with ABS with EBD, Corner stability control, traction control, hill hold assist, hill descent control, roll over mitigation and off-road ABS
Tata has revealed the specs and feature list of its upcoming and hotly anticipated Harrier SUV. It is powered by Tata’s new Kryotec 2.0-litre turbo-diesel engine. It makes 140PS of max power and 350Nm of peak torque. The engine is mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox which, surprisingly, drives the front wheels. This is due to the transverse configuration of the engine. The Harrier boasts of a monocoque construction and is underpinned by the same D8 platform that also underpins the current Land Rover Discovery Sport. As for the suspension, it comes with an independent lower wishbone setup up front along with a semi-independent suspension setup at the rear. It also gets a terrain management system for mild off-roading, but the system is ESP based and comes with three modes: Normal, Wet and Rough.
In terms of features you get an 8.8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto. Apple CarPlay will be added shortly. It also gets a 9-speaker JBL audio system. Driver seat is 8-way adjustable while the passenger perch is 4-way adjustable. It gets climat e There is however no sunroof on offer. As for size, at 4598mm in length it is significantly longer than its chief rivals it is also the widest at 1890mm and also boasts of the longest wheelbase of 2741mm. Plus, it sports a ground clearance of 205mm again among the highest in its segment.
In terms of safety it comes with 6-airbags, along with ABS with EBD, corner stability control, traction control, hill hold assist, hill descent control, roll over mitigation and off-road ABS. In addition, it offers dual front airbags, rear parking sensors and ABS with EBD as standard but the ISOFIX child seat mounts are surprisingly reserved for the top-spec XZ variant only.
The Tata Harrier will be available in four variants; XE, XM, XT and the range topping XZ. Here's the variant-wise break up of the features offered on the Tata Harrier
ABS with EBD
Speed sensitive door locks
Electrically adjustable wing mirrors
Halogen projector headlamps
16-inch steel wheels
4-inch MID (Multi Information Display)
Four-way adjustable driver’s seat
Tilt and telescopic adjustable steering wheel
Rear AC vents
XM over the XE
Front fog lamps
Steering-mounted audio controls
7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with four speakers and two tweeters
USB, Aux-in and Bluetooth compatible audio system
Eco, City and Sport driving modes
Remote central locking
Six-way adjustable driver’s seat
XT over XM
LED DRLs with turn indicators
17-inch alloy wheels
Audio system with four speakers and four tweeters
Video playback and image display via USB
8-way adjustable driver’s seat
Electrically foldable and adjustable ORVMs
Rain sensing wipers
Cooled storage under the front centre armrest
XZ over XT
Xenon HID projector headlamps
Fog lamps with cornering function
Benecke-Kaliko perforated leather seats and interior
8.8-inch touchscreen infotainment system
Nine JBL speakers
7.0-inch digital instrument cluster
60:40 split folding seats
ESP based terrain response with Normal, Wet and Rough modes
Hill-hold and hill-descent control
Corner stability control
Hydraulic brake assist
Isofix child seat mounts
All in all, the new Tata Harrier is a pretty well kitted out SUV and by the looks of it, seems ready to take on rivals like the Hyundai Creta and the Jeep Compass. Prices are expected to start from Rs 15.0 lakh, ex-showroom India. We will be driving the Harrier shortly. Stay tuned for the review on Zigwheels.com on December 7.
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