Tata Motors has increased the prices of the Harrier across its range as the entry-level XE variant costs Rs. 13 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi)
The flagship Harrier’s pricing has silently been increased by Tata Motors in the domestic market. Across variants, the premium SUV sees a price hike of Rs. 30,755 and it results in the base XE variant starting from Rs. 13 lakh compared to Rs. 12.69 lakh since it was introduced in January 2019. The XM variant currently costs Rs. 14.06 lakh while the XT is quoted with a price tag of Rs. 15.26 lakh and the range-topping XZ at Rs. 16.56 lakh (all prices, ex-showroom New Delhi).
The homegrown auto major has not officially announced the price hike yet but it is different in cities like Chennai, Chandigarh and Pondicherry costing a little higher than what mentioned above and it can be witnessed on the website. The increasing manufacturing costs, industrial scenario and other micro and macro economical factors could be cited as the reasons.
Tata has already been spied testing the BSVI compliant Harrier and when it goes on sale the prices will further increase but every manufacturer will be passing on some part of the costs incurred while upgrading their powertrains to meet BSVI emission regulations. The Harrier has certainly impressed in its initial outing in the Indian market by mounting a strong challenge to its rivals.
Even last month, the monocoque SUV beat Jeep Compass and Mahindra XUV500 in volume tally. Tata will utilise the popularity of the Harrier and launch the seven-seater version dubbed the Buzzard when it debuted at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show in March. It could be named Cassini and will follow the market entry of the Altroz premium hatchback due in the coming months.
The Altroz will compete against Maruti Suzuki Baleno, Hyundai Elite i20, Honda Jazz and Volkswagen Polo. It will be the second Tata vehicle to adopt Impact Design 2.0 philosophy following the Harrier and will be based on the ALFA (Agile Light Flexible Advanced) architecture and takes plenty of inspiration from the 45X concept premiered last year at Auto Expo.
The Harrier is expected to get an automatic variant in the near future as well and it is currently powered by the 2.0-litre Kryotec four-cylinder diesel engine producing 140 PS and 320 Nm, paired with a six-speed manual transmission.