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Tata Motors will soon launch the new and much-awaited Harrier SUV on the market soon. Once launched, the Tata Harrier will compete in one of the most demanding segments in the Indian automotive market — five-seater SUVs. The Harrier is the brand's flagship product and will also serve as a benchmark for all future Tata Motors products.
Aimed to offer good value for money, the new Tata Harrier comes with a host of features and equipment, especially on the safety side. Various road regulations and customer priority have also made manufacturers concentrate more on safety features.
Tata Motors has introduced several new models over the past few months, and the Harrier is going to be a game changer for the legendary Indian company — know what makes the Tata Harrier an important product.
That said, here are the safety features of the Tata Harrier!
The top-of-the-line XZ variant of the Tata Harrier comes with six airbags (driver, co-driver, seat side and curtain). Meanwhile, dual airbags come as standard across all Tata Harrier variants on offer.
Brake Disc Wiping
Brake Disc Wiping is a relatively common yet unknown safety feature in modern cars. In wet driving conditions, braking efficiency would decrease a bit since the pads have to clear all the water content, before coming in contact with the disc or rotors.
Brake Disc Wiping works in conjunction with ABS and the windshield wipers. When the wipers are activated, the ABS slightly applies pressure to the pads (in regular intervals); thus removing the water layer without slowing down the vehicle.
Corner Stability Control (CSC)
Also called Cornering Brake Control, the system uses ABS to apply brakes ‘asymmetrically' when the vehicle is taking corners. For instance, when the vehicle takes a right turn (moderately fast), the load acts on the outer or left wheels.
If the brakes are applied normally, the rear axle will undergo more stress and hence, CSC distributes the braking force between the inner and outer wheels.
Traction Control System (TCS)
Traction control is becoming more common these days, and since the Tata Harrier will be priced from 16 – 21 lakh on-road, most of its rivals also have it. The system cuts down the power (by braking and differential/transaxle action) of the wheel which loses traction (spins on slippery terrain) and thereby helps it regain grip.
Electronic Stability Program (ESP)
ESP is an improved version of traction control and helps the driver regain steering control, if the car swerves to a side beyond his/her intention; or more simply, if the car is going to crash. TCS cuts the engine power and also brakes the wheels if required.
Traction control just limits wheelspin, but stability control can help direct the car.
Roll Over Mitigation
The system uses a rotation sensor to detect the amount of roll or tilt the vehicle is undergoing. If the tilt is beyond the permissible value or the vehicle is going to tip over, the system uses the TCS to brake the wheels in a way to prevent the rollover.
In addition to all the safety features mentioned above, the Tata Harrier comes with the following equipment:
- Reverse parking sensors and camera
- ISOFIX child seat mounts
- Hill Hold Assist
- Hill Descent Control
- Automatic headlamps and wipers
Thoughts On The New Tata Harrier
We have driven the Tata Harrier and we are thoroughly impressed with what the flagship Tata product has to offer. Yes, there are a few drawbacks here and there, but we really like the way the brand is heading with the Harrier; these safety features being a part of it.