Tata Harrier Automatic
Tata is working hard on its new products and also improving its after-sales service. A year ago, When the Harrier was launched in India. It lacks an automatic transmission which became a gap for Tata to catch the appropriate customers. As Harrier is a bulky SUV and its clutch travel is also a bit long that creates a heavy task to drive in bumper to bumper traffic also, In the price bracket of 15-20 lakhs, one should also want an automatic car. By analyzing all demand comes from the market, Now Tata has launched a Tata Harrier automatic transmission variant. Which also gets some cosmetic tweaks and features too. Let’s go ahead and check what the changes are.
Variants and Prices
|Variant||Price in Lakhs (Ex-showroom)|
|Tata Harrier XE||Rs 13.69 lakh|
|Tata Harrier XM||Rs 15.00 lakh|
|Tata Harrier XMA AT||Rs 16.25 lakh|
|Tata Harrier XT||Rs 16.25 lakh|
|Tata Harrier XZ||Rs 17.50 lakh|
|Tata Harrier XZ Dual Tone||Rs 17.60 lakh|
|Tata Harrier XZ Dark Edition||Rs 17.70 lakh|
|Tata Harrier XZ Plus||Rs 18.75 lakh|
|Tata Harrier XZA AT||Rs 18.80 lakh|
|Tata Harrier XZ Plus Dual Tone||Rs 18.85 lakh|
|Tata Harrier XZA Dual Tone AT||Rs 18.90 lakh|
|Tata Harrier XZ Plus Dark Edition||Rs 18.95 lakh|
|Tata Harrier XZA Dark Edition AT||Rs 19.00 lakh|
|Tata Harrier XZA Plus AT||Rs 19.99 lakh|
|Tata Harrier XZA Plus Dual Tone AT||Rs 20.15 lakh|
|Tata Harrier XZA Plus Dark Edition AT||Rs 20.25 lakh|
The design is the main factor of Harrier. Its SUV stance and size do look mindblowing and also it is the best-looking SUV under the 20 lakhs price bracket. In the 2020 update, it got some cosmetic tweaks and some mechanical too. The main focusing point is the Alloy wheels. Now they are more attractive and complete the sporty character of Harrier. They are no changes in design except a new addition of a panoramic sunroof in the top-end automatic variant.
The Harrier has been offered in Seven color options-
- Telesto Grey
- Orcus White
- Calypso Red/Black
- Atlas Black
- Calypso Red
- Orcus White/Black
- Sparkle Cocoa
On the side profile, new optional 18 inches alloy wheels improve the look and do look great. It gets black side cladding, big wheel arches, blacked-out side electrically adjustable ORVMs, blacked-out C-pillar, and a chrome strip across the window line to C Pillar.
Same as the Front, You didn’t get any changes in the rear profile. It retains the same LED tail lamps set up along with a big rear diffuser finished in black color. The new Red and Black dual-tone color scheme enhances the overall look of Tata Harrier Automatic.
The inside of the Tata Harrier is not less than a luxury SUV. It is equipped with all bells and whistles and also the dashboard layout is neatly put together. There aren’t any panel gaps or cheap material found inside Harrier. However, the noisy engine sound is still audible while revving the engine on high RPMs but it doesn’t bother to change the decision to buy.
Harrier 2020 got a new major element that was in waiting for a year. Finally, it gets a new panoramic sunroof on its top trims. However, Tata also introduced a regular-size sunroof some months ago but that was not enough for the buyers. At a lower price, Hyundai Creta offers a big panoramic sunroof.
Despite being a mid-size SUV. It comes with a spacious cabin with more than 12 storage spaces for your essentials. On every door pocket, you got a bottle holder as well as some more space to keep stuff like- Mobile, cards, etc. The front and rear seats are pretty sufficient to hold 2 persons at the front and 3 persons at the rear without any discomfort. The seats are comfortable themselves and offer great back support and side bolstering. However at the rear, under thighs support isn’t great but decent enough for a person whose height is approx 5ft 10 inches or even 6ft.
The addition of a panoramic sunroof in Harrier makes the occupants feel more airy and comfortable in long highway and hilly area drives. This is a one-touch open sunroof with a covering shelf that can be operated by the touch of a button. However, the cabin is already so airy and comfortable, thanks to the large window area. The thick A-pillar is a big hurdle while turning around and looking after it but on the other side it also ensures the safety of occupants in an underride or flips over collision.
The 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system does look great and is equipped with all the necessary features. It has Apple car play, android auto, mirror link, navigation, and rear parking camera with adaptive guidelines. It also carries some basic features like AC speed indicator and flowing direction, mode selection, date, and time. The 10-inch Harman Kardon system powers a 9-speaker system (including 4 speakers, 4 tweeters, and one subwoofer). The audio quality is just unmatchable in the segment or even in high segment cars (For eg. Fortuner or Endeavour).
The instrument cluster of Harrier is a semi-digital-analog unit that carries each and every piece of information to the fingertips. It has an analog speedometer needle with white illumination light. on the left side, the digital unit is placed. It shows information like- Odometer, Trip A&B, Average fuel economy, Fuel bar, Engine temperature bar, Outside temperature indication, RPM meter, Clock, Multi-information display, Mode selection details, and cruise control information.
Engine and Transmission
The Tata Harrier Automatic is powered by a 2.0 ltr diesel engine. Tata named this engine Kryotech. The same engine is being used in Jeep Compass with a different tuned setting. This engine churns out a power delivery of 170 BHP and 350 Nm of peak torque is now mated to a Hyundai sourced 6-Speed torque converter automatic transmission.
With the addition of 30 more BHP, the Harrier now feels more powerful and fun to drive. However, the torque figures are still the same at 350 Nm but it is adequate to perform well and never put sadness on your face.
The 6-Speed torque converter automatic transmission does feel a bit laggy in the low end but as soon as the turbo kicks in, it quickly picks a good pace. The addition of a new automatic gearbox drastically improved the ride quality and ease of comfort. The 6-manual transmission feels laggy and also the clutch travel is not so comfortable for bumper-to-bumper traffic, which ends up in fatigue. This automatic gearbox does work well with the harrier and delivers great driving pleasure.
The mode selector in Tata Harrier Automatic is really useful and works accordingly. It has three modes- Eco, City, and Sport. The Eco mode is meant for cruising on the highway and to deliver maximum mileage from the engine. The city mode is best for day-to-day usage. It has the best power and mileage combination and never feels laggy or underpowered while overtaking and also delivers decent mileage figures. The sport is the most powerful of all. but lacks mileage. The rash driving in sport mode will not deliver more than 10 kmpl from its 2.0 ltr turbocharged diesel engine.
The Harrier also has traction control, hill hold assist and three terrain modes- normal, mud, and sand. In daily usage normal mode is in function and if you’re facing offroading situations just switch the dial to Mud for Muddy situation and Sand for Sandy situation and it will tackle it and get you out from there. While the hill hold is used in descending situations. Where the engine uses its braking to bring you safely to the flat ground.
With the addition of a new BS6 compliant engine and a Hyundai Sourced 6-Speed torque transmission, it becomes a more powerful and easy-to-drive vehicle. The BS6 engine is now more refined and the vibrations are also lowered. Tata Harrier is one of the safest cars in the Indian market right now and is offered with 8 airbags and great build quality. This SUV gives excellent high-speed stability with great feedback on the steering wheel. The automatic gearbox is great for customers who want to drive in the city. Amongst all of the positives. Harries does lack a bit in braking but it doesn’t feel out of control.