Tata Harrier is one of the gorgeous SUVs in its segment and tasty customisations are made to further elevate its appeal
The Harrier is an absolute stonker of a machine for being based on OMEGA (Optimal Modular Efficient Global Advanced) platform derived from Land Rover’s D8 that underpins more than a million SUVs worldwide. It shares identical wheelbase with the Discovery Sport at 2,741 mm along with almost similar overall length.
The expertise of Land Rover came in handy while developing the Tata Harrier and despite the obvious cost cuts like using high strength steel instead of aluminium panels and torsion beam rear suspension tuned by Lotus instead of Discovery Sport’s multi-link rear, it boasts opulent materials inside the cabin and convenience features for what it offers.
The Harrier, priced between Rs. 12.69 lakh and Rs. 16.25 lakh (ex-showroom), has seen appreciable growth trajectory since its debut in January 2019 and last month nearly 2,500 units were retailed by beating two close rivals Mahindra XUV500 and Jeep Compass. It has been three months since the Harrier’s launch and we have already started noticing some tasty modifications taking advantage of its masculine appearance.
Besides the dealer-level roof job giving the Harrier a dual-tone exterior look, the rather subtle stock alloy wheels are replaced by customers and it has proven them worthy of trying. An owner named Puneet Issar has opted to go with 18-inch Plati alloy wheels with 255×55 R18 rubber in place of the regular 17-inch wheels and it does look more pleasing to the eyes.
He further acknowledged in his social media post that the bigger tyres have made the steering wheel heavier and the road grip has increased nevertheless. The Harrier derives power from a 2.0-litre Fiat-sourced four-cylinder diesel engine dubbed the Kryotec and it produces a maximum power output of 140 PS and 350 Nm and is mated to a six-speed manual transmission.
A six-speed torque converter automatic unit sourced from Hyundai and a four-wheel-drive version are expected to be introduced in the near future. Later this year, Tata will be launching the seven-seater variant of the Harrier that broke covers in Geneva under the Buzzard moniker.