Tata Harrier has been void of a certain flashy features, that the manufacturer is spotted testing to bring them with the launch of BS-6 version of the SUV.
Launched in early 2019, Tata Harrier started its innings with a commendable amount bookings on its side. Lately, the premium crossover from Tata is finding it tough to stand tall against the likes of Kia Seltos and MG Hector. To fight the game of sales Tata is now coming up with an updated version of its crossover which will be better equipped for takeon its new rivals. Lately, Tata has been spotted testing a lightly camouflaged version of the Harrier. The car on the test was shod with the 18-inch alloy wheels as seen on the larger 7-seater Buzzard and a panoramic sunroof to top it off. The model spotted on-test is likely a BS-VI version of the car which is scheduled for launch in the first quarter of 2020.
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With the BS-6 update, Tata Harrier will also get a set of anew 18" alloy wheels and a panoramic sunroof.
Tata has been trying out new techniques, in order to make the Harrier a more lucrative deal to the buyers in comparison to its rivals. The manufacturer started by offering sunroof as a dealer level accessory and went on to load the car with a 5-year or unlimited kilometers warranty. All of it, however, has not worked for the Land Rover D8 platform-derived SUV. To further level the playing field, Tata will launch the BS-VI version of the car with a lot of addition to its feature list and an added XZ+ variant.
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The XZ+ variant of the Harrier will add that much-needed X factor to the SUV. As the car had capable hardware but lacked the convenience and flamboyancy of features like the sunroof, tyre pressure monitoring system, voice commands and more. However, these will now be made available with the introduction of a new XZ+ variant.
The BS-VI Harrier will also see a few changes in its powertrain. The engine will come as a BS-VI compliant unit with a power bump of 30bhp, bringing the total peak power output to 170bhp. The car is also expected to offer a Hyundai-sourced automatic gearbox as an option, which has been spied a few times by now.
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The sunroof spotted on the test car is bigger than the one sold as an dealer accessory.
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The manufacturer will also be launching the 7-seat vesion of the Harrier which was showcased at the Geneva Motor Show as the Buzzard. The harrier being the largest SUV of the lot in the INR sub-20 lakh margin of midsize-SUVs, boasts of some hefty dimensions. However, the 7-seater version will be even larger.
The Buzzard is expected to launch mid-2020, while the BS-VI compliant Tata Harrier is expected early next year with a slight hike in the price. With an increase in prices for all of the variants of the Harrier, the XZ+ variant is expected to be price around the INR 19 lakh (ex-showroom) mark.
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