One of the most anticipated offerings of the year, the Tata Harrier SUV has been launched in India with prices starting at Rs. 12.69 lakh (ex-showroom). The new Harrier is the most promising model from the manufacturer yet and is set to take on some very established rivals including the Hyundai Creta, Jeep Compass, Mahindra XUV500, Renault Captur and the newly launched Nissan Kicks. The Harrier is based on an all-new OMEGARC modular platform and will also get the new 2.0-litre diesel engine under the hood, borrowed from FCA.
The Tata Harrier's oil burner is tuned for 140 bhp and 350 Nm of peak torque, while paired with a 6-speed manual transmission. There won't be an automatic available at the time of launch, but you will get the same later in the timeline along with a 7-seater version as well. The Harrier will be available in the 5-seater version when it goes on sale.
In terms of features, the new Tata Harrier comes loaded with a semi-digital instrument console, floating touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, multiple driving modes and a terrain response system as well. The all-black cabin further gets premium wood inserts, and an aircraft inspired handbrake as well.
The Tata Harrier's highlight though comes with its design. The SUV is nearly identical to the H5X concept, and retains the LED daytime running lights on the top that also double up as indicators. The headlamps are unconventionally positioned close to the bumper, and introduce a new look on the offering. The 2019 Tata Harrier is competitively priced as it takes on the established rivals in the segment