Tata Motors brings Harrier at Rs 12.69 lakh, new SUV to challenge Mahindra XUV500 and Jeep Compass

first_imgTata Motors has launched Harrier, the company’s much talked about SUV, for a starting price of Rs 12.69 lakh (ex-showroom, Mumbai). The company is expected to challenge the dominant players like Mahindra XUV500 and Jeep Compass in the sports utility vehicle segment with its new offering.Below are Harrier’s variants and prices (ex-showroom, Mumbai), as revealed by the company during the launch:– XE – Rs 12.69 lakh– XM – Rs 13.75 lakh– XT – Rs 14.95 lakh– XZ – Rs 16.25 lakhHarrier will be available in five exciting colour options – Calisto Copper, Thermisto Gold, Ariel Silver, Telesto Grey and Orcus White.At the Auto Expo 2018, Tata had showcased its H5X concept. Ever since the company revealed Harrier – the production version of H5X – the SUV enthusiasts eagerly awaited its launch. The bookings for Harrier finally commenced on October 15, 2018 with much fanfare.The SUV is based on Land Rover’s D8 platform and will be the first product to sport the Impact 2.0 Design Language from Tata Motors.Harrier will be powered by a very efficient Kryotec 2.0-litre turbocharged engine churning out 140 bhp at 3,750 rpm and 350 Nm torque at 1,750 rpm. It comes with an Advanced Electronically Controlled Variable Geometry Turbocharger (eVGT) for excellent low-end torque and linear power delivery with low carbon footprint. The engine is mated to a six-speed manual transmission.The new SUV from Tata features three drive modes – Eco, City and Sport – combined with similar number of ESP terrain response modes – Normal, Rough and Wet – ensuring effortless handling. However, the SUV does not provide two important features — an automatic transmission and an all-wheel drive.advertisementHarrier gets Xenon HID projector headlamps, dual function LED DRLs with turn indicators merged with front grille, 3D LED tail lamps with sporty piano black finish, shark fin antenna and 17-inch alloy wheels. The combination of all these features makes the SUV look dynamic and expressive.One would find ample room inside Harrier’s spacious cabin, which gets a touch of luxury through decent use of leather and satin chrome pack. The dashboard comes in oak wood finish. The SUV gets premium leather seat upholstery along with leather wrapped steering wheel and gear shift knob. The boot provides 425 litres of space.Coming to the entertainment bit, Harrier comes with a Floating Island 8.8 inch touchscreen infotainment system with high resolution display, supporting Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The SUV also gets four speakers, four tweeters, one subwoofer with amplifier and guess what, all are provided by none other than JBL.Safety standards in Harrier are quite high with the company providing six airbags – driver, co-driver, seat side and airbags. The SUV also gets advanced ESP (electronic safety program) with 14 additional functionalities, including ABS (anti-lock braking system), EBD (electronic brake force distribution), corner stability control, electronic traction control, electronic stability control, hill hold control, hill descent control and roll over mitigation.Tata is banking big on Harrier and with the kind of looks and features this SUV has, a lot many people are going to go for it. With Harrier out, Mahindra and Jeep will need to be on their toes and try to keep their market share intact through innovative methods.ALSO READ | Maruti Suzuki launches 3rd-generation WagonR at Rs 4.19 lakh, serious threat for Hyundai SantroALSO READ | Maruti Suzuki Baleno facelift likely to be launched on January 27, price to be revealed around same timeALSO READ | Mahindra XUV300 to launch on February 14, you can pre-book it by paying Rs 20,000last_img read more