Tata truly wants a piece of the compact crossover market. So much so that they sought help from Jaguar Land Rover to make it a reality.
After months of designing and engineering (as well as teasing), Tata has officially taken the covers off the 2019 Harrier. Featuring a futuristic design, along with a new-generation platform derived from Land Rover's D8 platform, Tata is poised to shake up the crossover market with their new offering.
As we've mentioned earlier, the 2019 Harrier appears to combine style designs from Toyota and Hyundai crossovers. Called the 'Stunning Impact 2.0' design language, its Tata's take on making a contemporary-looking crossover become more dynamic. Taking inspiration from SUVs and coupes, the Harrier combines rugged styling, with sleek and modern aesthetics.
The front fascia is bold and aggressive thanks to a blacked-out front grill and large headlights that sit below the LED daytime running lights. Then there's floating roof design which gives the Harrier its unmistakable look from any angle. Further complemeting its dashing looks are the thin LED taillights, huge five-spoke 17-inch alloy wheels, and distinct rear bumper design.
In terms of size, the 2019 Harrier measures 4598mm long, 1894mm wide, and 1706mm tall. In addition, it comes with a 2741mm wheelbase and a 205mm ground clearance.
Open the doors and you are greeted by heaps of faux wood and metal trim, leather upholstery with constrast stitching, and neat touches of glossy plastic. Emphasizing on delivering a clutter-free design while also giving it an upmarket look, the Harrier's interior is simple, ergonomic and well-put together. High-grade models will come with extra features like leather-wrapped seats, multi-function steering wheel, multi-info display, automatic climate control, navigation, push-button start, and cruise control as such.
Providing in-car entertainment is a 8.8-inch 'floating' touchscreen display placed on the center dashboard. Serving as the brand's most high-tech infotainment system to date, it comes with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, video and image playback, voice recognition and alerts, as well as remote function. Complementing the high-tech entertainment system is a 320W, 9-speaker system courtesy of JBL.
Under the hood, the 2019 Harrier is powered by a 2.0-liter 'Kryotec' turbo-diesel engine that Tata claims combines power and fuel economy. It produces 140 PS at 3750 rpm along with 350 Nm of torque at 1750 – 2500 rpm thanks to an electronically-controlled variable geometry turbo (e-VGT). It is then mated to a six-speed manual transmission, and a Multi-drive Mode system that sets the powertrain accordingly, depending on the terrain.
The system consist of selectable Engine Drive Modes (Eco, City, Sport) and the more intelligent ESP Terrain Response Modes (Normal, Rough, Wet). This ensures that drivers can set the powertrain and drivetrain depending on prevailing weather or road conditions.
Apart from those, the Harrier is also equipped with an array of safety systems. These include electronic stability, anti-lock brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution, traction control, hill-descent control, hill-start assist, roll-over mitigation, and torque vectoring as such. Other standard safety kit included in the Harrier are six airbags, speed-sensing door locks and ISOFIX child seat anchors.