Tata Motors launched the Harrier SUV two days back here in India and prices for the same start at Rs 12.6 lakh for the base model. Available only with a diesel motor, Tata Harrier Automatic or a 4×4 launch will not be happening too soon in our opinion. Here is why…
The Harrier makes use of the same diesel motor that we see in the Jeep Compass. The Compass diesel is yet to be made available with an optional automatic and this will only happen with the launch of the Trailhawk later this year. So till the time Jeep does not launch the Compass automatic, its fair not to expect the Tata Harrier Automatic 4×4 here in India as well.
Further, the company has already received a lot of bookings for the Harrier, pushing the waiting period into months. Tata will first look at removing this backlog of orders and once sales stabilize, might look at the launching an optional auto. Thus, fair to say that the Tata Harrier Automatic or 4×4 is months away.
Lastly, the Harrier comes with Terrain Response modes that do compensate for the lack of 4×4 to an extent. Also, the current architecture makes it difficult for them to include a 4×4 with the diesel motor. It is a challenge and might prove to be very costly. And also given the low demand for 4×4, Tata Harrier Automatic 4×4 might not make it to India. The sole automatic 4×2 will though.
The Tata Harrier rubs shoulders with rivals like the Hyundai Creta, Mahindra XUV500 and the Jeep Compass. It will soon get competition from the MG Hector and Kia’s SUV.