Tata Harrier outsold Jeep Compass and Mahindra XUV500 in May 2019 with a total sales of 1,779 units
Tata Harrier got the better of Jeep Compass and Mahindra XUV500 once again as 1,779 units were sold last month against 1,195 and 977 units respectively of its two main rivals. Despite comprehensively beaten by Mahindra in May 2019 sales, Tata managed to overtake Compass and XUV500 with the Harrier and notably with a commanding lead.
Tata Harrier is based on the Impact Design 2.0 styling philosophy and the first to sit on the OMEGA (Optimal Modular Efficient Global Advanced) architecture derived from Land Rover’s D8 that underpinned over a million SUVs worldwide. It is powered by a 2.0-litre four-cylinder Kryotec diesel motor, essentially the MultiJet turbo from FCA, developing a maximum power output of 140 PS and 320 Nm of torque.
It is connected to only a six-speed manual gearbox as a Hyundai-sourced six-speed torque converter automatic is expected to be introduced very soon. Tata Motors will be introducing the seven-seater version of the Harrier that debut at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show as Buzzard later this year following the market entry of the Altroz premium hatchback to rival Maruti Suzuki Baleno and Hyundai Elite i20.
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The XUV500, on the other hand, is expected to get a brand new generation towards the end of next year and it will have plenty in common with Ford’s mid-size SUV. It will likely get heavily revised exterior and interior in response to the growing competition in the hotly contested segment and use an all-new BSVI compliant diesel engine.
Jeep India has the Compass as the ace product within the range to garner volumes but its popularity has declined in recent times. To counteract, the American manufacturer has been introducing special editions and new variants in recent past. However, the biggest addition will have to be the Trailhawk variant waiting to debut later this month with a suspected price tag of around Rs. 28 lakh (ex-showroom).
The Compass Trailhawk tops the range with a whole host of exterior changes. It is the most off-road capable variant within the lineup with increased ground clearance, improved approach and departure angles as well as water wading capacity, new Rock mode, etc. The regular 2.0-litre diesel engine developing 170 PS and 350 Nm is connected to a nine-speed automatic transmission driving all four wheels.