The Tata Harrier will be unveiled to media early next month. In the build-up to the revealing of the new flagship, the company has issued a set of video teasers that give us a glimpse of the various bits of the new model's interior. The latest clip teases the SUV's drive mode selector. It has a tagline ' The new Benchmark of Versatility.'
The Tata Harrier is powered by a 'Kryotec' engine that is basically a rebranded FCA-sourced 2.0-litre MultiJet II oil burner. It outputs a maximum power of 140 PS. Initially, the only transmission option on offer will be a 6-speed manual unit. At a later stage, the company will introduce an automatic variant that will feature a Hyundai-sourced 6-speed auto 'box.
The company won't offer a 4WD variant. This is because of the poor demand for the four-wheel drive configuration due to its higher cost and a low utility. Instead, the Tata Harrier will feature Super Drive Modes, which were first seen on the Hexa. These modes, which can be selected through a rotary control, offer four options - Auto, Comfort, Dynamic and Rough Road. These modes work in conjunction with the car's ESP system.
Earlier, the company teased the new model's JBL-sourced speaker, while another new video showed the brushed aluminium trim on the door pad.
In a Tweet from its official account, Tata Motors said -
Witness each beat and note of your tunes amplified to perfection by the state-of-the-art JBL speakers of the Tata Harrier. Stay tuned to witness the SUV that’s guaranteed to be music to your ears.
It's noteworthy that the latest models from Tata Motors have been focussed on delivering a rich aural experience. The Tata Hexa, for instance, features a 10-speaker JBL audio system with a set of 10 components, including a compact sub-woofer at the rear, and a centrally-positioned speaker on the dashboard. The Harrier, which is about to become the carmaker's new flagship, is expected to feature a similar audio setup. The new video has a tagline 'The new Benchmark of Acoustic Bliss.'
As seen in the second video, the door pads of the Tata Harrier will feature a dark grey-tan dual-tone colour scheme with brushed aluminium trim. This is in harmony with the overall theme of the cabin. Previous teaser videos and spy images have offered a glimpse of the new model's floating-type touchscreen infotainment unit, side aircon vents, and the three-spoke steering wheel.
In September, a set of spy pics showed what seemed like generous legroom for the rear passengers. Moreover, the occupants will reportedly benefit from individual smartphone storage slots and a cooled storage box beneath the front armrest. Another interesting bit is the aircraft-inspired pull-up/push-down type parking brake lever.
The Tata Harrier is the first product to be based on the OMEGA ARC modular platform that has been derived from the JLR's D8 architecture. The new model will go on sale in January 2019. It can be booked for a token amount of INR 30,000.