Tata Motors, which is gearing up to launch the Harrier SUV in January 2019, has decided to showcase the compact SUV to the public in a few cities. The homegrown carmaker is currently displaying the Harrier in Gurgaon and will follow it up with previews in Bengaluru, Delhi, Lucknow and more.
While the SUV will be on display for everyone, Tata will host a special preview for people who have already pre-booked the Harrier between 9 AM and 11 AM. The cars will be open for onlookers so that they can sit inside and feel what the car has to offer. However, test drives are not offered at the moment.
It is powered by a 2.0-litre Kryotec diesel engine that produces 138PS of power and 350Nm of torque. At launch, the Harrier will be available with a 6-speed manual gearbox only while an automatic variant is expected to arrive at a later stage.
Like other modern Tata cars, the Harrier is also loaded with features. Standard safety features include dual front airbags, ABS with EBD and rear parking sensors. Higher variants get six airbags, traction control, ESP, ISOFIX child seat anchors, hill hold control, hill descent control, rollover mitigation and corner stability control.
Other comfort and need-based features include multiple driving modes, upto eight-way adjustable driver seat, an 8.8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto (Apple CarPlay will be introduced later), auto climate control with rear AC vents, rain-sensing wipers, auto HID headlamps, LED DRLs, push button start stop, cruise control, reverse parking camera, a nine-speaker JBL sound system and a 7-inch multi-info display in the instrument cluster.
Although the Harrier is a mid-size SUV, it is expected to be launched at a very competitive price, making it a rival to popular compact SUVs like the Hyundai Creta. In terms of its size, it will go up against the likes of the Jeep Compass, Hyundai Tucson and Mahindra XUV500. But unlike the Mahindra, the Harrier will only get five seats. It is expected to be priced in the range of Rs 13 lakh to Rs 18 lakh.