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Tata Motors has launched the Harrier in Bangalore at a starting price of Rs 12.69 lakh (ex-showroom) for the entry level XE variant. The top-spec XZ variant retails at Rs 16.25 lakh (ex-showroom).
The Tata Harrier was launched on a national level earlier yesterday and then again at a regional level with local media and dealerships of the region in attendance. The Tata Harrier is one of the most awaited car launches in 2019, but the hype began in 2018 itself.
The SUV was revealed in its concept avatar named the H5X at the 2018 Indian Auto Expo. it has now been launched in less than a year since its debut. This then is one of the quickest vehicle developments we have seen in recent times.
The Tata Harrier is built on Tata's new OMEGA platform which is again based on Land Rover's D8 platform that underpins the Land Rover Discovery Sport. Due to this, the Tata Harrier is the largest in overall size when compared to all other cars in the same segment.
Tata's Impact 2.0 design language has defined the styling on the Tata Harrier. It features bold proportions, sharp details and modern styling. Up front, one would find that the the LED daytime running lights are placed at the top, just below the bonnet. The headlamps are placed in the bumper.
The side profile has taken some inspiration from the Land Rover Discovery Sport, but the 17-inch wheels do look small on such a large vehicle. The rear end has been kept simple and neat with not many badges.
Inside the Tata Harrier is an 8.8-inch touchscreen infotainment unit with steering-mounted controls. A high-quality 9-speaker JBL audio system takes care of sound reproduction duties.
A 2.0-litre Kyrotec diesel engine powers the Tata Harrier. It is the same engne that also drives the Jeep Compass. Under the bonnet of the Tata Harrier though, it produces a maximum power output of 140bhp and a peak torque output of 350Nm. A six-speed manual gearbox drives the front wheels. A six-speed automatic transmission is expected to be introduced at a later stage.
We drove the Tata Harrier recently, and you can read our detailed test drive report here - Tata Harrier Review. Bookings for the Tata harrier have been open for a while now and the same can be done for a token amount of Rs 30,000. The Tata Harrier competes with the Jeep Compass, Mahindra XUV 500 and the recently launched Nissan Kicks.
Thoughts On Tata Harrier Launch In Bangalore
The Tata Harrier is loaded with all the features a buyer in this segment would want. It is a large, comfortable SUV with quite a few technological bells and whistles. It feels refined, drives well and has now been launched with an attractive price tag.