Tata Harrier's automatic variant expected to be launched by mid-2019
Tata Motors had launched Harrier on January 23 at a starting price of Rs 12.69 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). Based on Land Rover's D8 platform, the SUV is the first product to sport the Impact 2.0 Design Language from the Indian auto major. The vehicle was introduced with a manual gearbox only. But it is now being claimed that the company will soon bring an automatic variant of Harrier.
According to a report by GaadiWaadi.com, an automatic version of Tata Harrier is expected to debut in mid-2019. The transmission might be a six-speed torque converter sourced from Hyundai.
Currently, Harrier is powered by a Kryotec 2.0-litre turbocharged diesel 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 low-end torque and linear power delivery with low carbon footprint. The engine is mated to a six-speed manual transmission.
The new SUV features three drive modes - Eco, City and Sport - combined with similar number of ESP terrain response modes - Normal, Rough and Wet. It is available in five colours - Calisto Copper, Thermisto Gold, Ariel Silver, Telesto Grey and Orcus White.
Harrier gets Xenon HID projector headlamps, dual function LED DRLs with turn indicators merged with front grille, 3D LED tail lamps with piano black finish, shark fin antenna and 17-inch alloy wheels.
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. There is 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, the SUV comes with a Floating Island 8.8 inch touchscreen infotainment system with high resolution display, supporting Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. It also gets four speakers, four tweeters, one subwoofer with amplifier and guess what, all are provided by JBL.
Safety standards in Harrier are quite high with the company providing six airbags. It 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.
Below are Harrier's variant-wise price (ex-showroom, Delhi) details.
-- XE (Manual) - Rs 12.69 lakh
-- XM (Manual) - Rs 13.75 lakh
-- XT (Manual) - Rs 14.95 lakh
-- XZ (Manual) - Rs 16.25 lakh
The automatic variant of Tata Harrier will definitely cost more than its manual counterpart. However, for the exact prices we will have to wait till the company comes out with an official announcement.