Mumbai: Home-grown auto major Tata Motors on Wednesday launched its most-awaited premium mid-size sports utility vehicle (SUV), the Tata Harrier, in India. Priced at ₹12.69 lakh (ex-showroom Mumbai), the Harrier is set to take on the likes of XUV 500, Jeep Compass, Hyundai Creta and even Hyundai Tucson.
Built around Tata's Impact Design 2.0 at the company's new manufacturing line at the Pune facility, the five-seater SUV has a lot of the design features from the concept car, H5X that was showcased at the 2018 Auto Expo.
The all-new Harrier is Tata's most premium offering yet and the company is expecting it to attract aspiring buyers.
The Tata Harrier is available in four variants—the base Harrier XE priced at ₹12.69 lakh, XM at ₹13.75 lakh, XT at ₹14.95 lakh and the range-topping XZ at ₹16.25 lakh.
Mayank Pareek, president of passenger vehicle business unit, Tata Motors said that the Harrier is based on the Omega architecture, which is derived from Land Rover's D8 platform found in the Discovery Sport.
The Harrier is powered by 2.0-litre diesel engine sourced from Fiat that produces 140 hp of power and 350Nm of torque. The engine is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission that transfers the power to the front wheels.
Tata is currently not offering the Harrier with four-wheel drive but it does get multiple off-road modes that can be selected via a circular knob on the centre console.
The Harrier measures 4,598mm in length, 1,894mm in width, 1,706mm in height and has a 2,741mm-long wheelbase. Ground clearance is pegged at 205mm.
Coming to the features, the top-spec Harrier XZ comes loaded with goodies such as an 8.8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, another screen spanning 7.0-inches for the part-digital instrument cluster, a JBL sound system, reverse camera, automatic headlights and wipers, automatic climate control and cruise control. It also gets leather seats.
Safety features include six airbags, ABS with EBD, a hill-hold and descent function, corner stability control and a rollover mitigation system.
The Harrier comes in five exterior paint options - Calisto Copper, Thermisto Gold, Ariel Silver, Telesto Grey and Orcus White.
Tata Motors saw an 8% drop in domestic sales to 50,440 units in December 2018 as compared with 54,627 units in the same month of 2017.
The company's passenger vehicle sales in the domestic market rose 1% to 14,260 units last month, compared with 14,180 units in December 2017.
According to SIAM, the passenger vehicles sales grew by 4.37% in April-December 2018 over the same period last year. Of this, the sale of passenger cars grew by 4.34% while the utility vehicle segment logged 2.63% growth.
The sale of vans grew by 12.89% in April-December period of last year over the period year-ago.