The Tata Harrier in the Calisto Copper has been the centre of focus of all the promotional activities of the new flagship. That said, the new model will be available in multiple colours. An image used by Pratap Bose, Head of Design, Tata Motors shows the SUV in the white exterior shade with black alloy rims and off-road tires.
Furthermore, the Harrier in the image can be seen ploughing through deep snow. However, the Harrier will be available exclusively in the FWD configuration, with its Land Rover-like Terrain Response Control enabling mild off-road action.
The Tata Harrier goes on sale in mid-January 2019 in a price range of INR 16-20 lakh (on-road). It will have hot-sellers like the Hyundai Creta (10,718 units*) and the Mahindra XUV500 (2,109 units*) in its crosshairs. The Harrier shares its 2.0-litre transversely-mounted diesel engine and 6-speed manual transmission with the Jeep Compass. That said, with a maximum power of 140 hp and a peak torque of 350 Nm, the new model won't be as potent as the Compass, which offers 173 hp/350 Nm. An optional Hyundai-sourced 6-speed torque-converter automatic transmission will step in at a later stage.
The Tata Harrier measures 4,598 mm in length, 1,894 mm in width, 1706 mm in height, and has a wheelbase of 2,741 mm, which is identical to that of the Land Rover Discovery Sport. The new model rides on 17-inch alloy wheels shod with 235/65-spec tires. It offers a boot space of 425-litres, which can be expanded to 810-litres by folding the rear seat.
Ahead of the launch of the Tata Harrier, Tata Motors will hike the prices of its current lineup by up to INR 40,000. The increment will be to offset the increased logistics and material costs.
* between June-November 2018