Tata Motors recently unveiledthe new Harrier at the media drive in Jodhpur. The upcoming SUV has sparked quite an interest amongst new buyers and enthusiasts, who have been waiting for more details about the vehicle. While our first drive impressions about the vehicle will go live on 7 December, here are some pictures from the drive that give you a general idea about the Harrier.
The Harrier started its journey from the H5X concept showcased at the 2018 Auto Expo. It is the first model to be designed based on Tata’s new Impact Design 2.0 philosophy.
This is currently a five-seater SUV, with the possibility of a seven-seat version in the future. The Harrier is 4,598mm long, 1,714mm tall, 1,894mm wide and boasts of 2,741mm long wheelbase.
Based on the same platform as the Discovery Sport, both vehicles get the same wheelbase length and width. The Harrier is just shorter in length by 2mm and 10mm in height.
Known as OMEGA Arc (Optimal Modular Efficient Global Advanced Architecture), the platform has been developed in collaboration with Jaguar Land Rover and derived from their D8 Architecture.
Exterior highlights up front include dual function LED DRLs with turn indicators. The Xenon HID projector headlights and fog lamps are integrated into the dual-tone front bumper with a satin silver chin-guard.
On to the sides are flared wheel arches, floating roof with chrome finish, side cladding and ORVMs with LED turn indicators.
Apart from the conventional puddle lamps, the ORVMs also feature a light with a small projector. These are also called as welcome lights and project the Harrier’s silhouette as a motif.
At the back, the Harrier sports 3D LED tail lights with a sporty piano black finisher. There’s also the ‘Harrier’ branding in bold at the centre of the tailgate.
The cabin gets a dual-tone dark grey and tan colour scheme. The latter has been used for the door trims and the seats too.
Atop the dashboard, the floating screen seen is an 8.8-inch infotainment system. This touchscreen supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay and doubles up as a display for the rear-view camera.
Even if the speedometer remains to be analogue, there’s a seven-inch screen that houses the digital instrument cluster. It has digital tachometer, trip/fuel computer and shares information with the main screen.
The front centre armrest isn’t adjustable, but opens up to house a USB port. This is also a cooled storage bay like the glove-box.
Tata Motors has tested the SUV for 2.2 million kilometres on the toughest of terrains. The engine has been christened ‘Kryotec’, with the name inspired by the cryogenic rocket engine known for its power and reliability.
At launch, the Harrier will only be available in a diesel-manual combination. This 2.0-litre, four-cylinder mill produces 140bhp and 350Nm and comes mated to a six-speed manual transmission.
For now, there’s no AWD version of the Harrier. However, what’s still unique is its ESP system with selectable modes for different conditions – normal, wet and rough.
The brochure of the Harrier also gives out many more details. This model weighs 1,680kg and has tyre sizes 235/65 R17 for the top-spec trims and 235/70 R16 for the lower variants.
Pictures by Kapil Angane