Tata Harrier set to roll out with improvements
The launch of the MG Hector was supposed to shake things up in the SUV segment, yes. But, what nobody expected is its super aggressive entry-level price tag of INR 12.18 lakhs. This seems to have dampened the mood a little at Tata’s camp. More so, the arrival of the Chinese-owned brand also affected the sales registers of Tata’s latest proposition.
Hence, to keep its latest offering, the Harrier, more relevant and customer-oriented, Tata is set to make minimal changes albeit silently with certain aspects of its SUV, as per leaked reports. These proposed changes come as a result of the feedback provided by the media and initial customer sentiment.
A total of four modifications are set to be made with the Harrier. The most visible one would be with the touchscreen infotainment system, which will see an R10.X software update fixing certain glitches which required the system to be rebooted for it to function smoothly.
Other changes include alterations to the steering and clutch feel. While the former is expected to get more responsiveness at lower speeds, to offer better feel and feedback of the roads, the latter is likely to get a soft touch clutch pedal which would imply a lighter clutch pedal action, making it less hectic for the driver’s left leg in stop-go city traffic.
The final change is one, which has been bugging this Indian manufacturer for quite some time: NVH levels. The firm is set to improve the NVH levels inside the cabin of the Harrier, by trying to minimise outside noise (including engine noise, wind noise) to seep inside the cabin.
All these changes are expected to feature in the latest production models which roll off the assembly line. As for the existing customers, there is no official word on this, but even the current owners are likely to get these upgrades on their next service visit to a Tata Service Center.
To keep a strong product portfolio against the MG Hector and the upcoming Kia Seltos, Tata recently announced the introduction of a dual-tone body paint scheme on the occasion of celebrating 10,000 unit sales of the Harrier. Launched in January 2019, the 5-seater SUV was able to cross this milestone within its initial six months.
The two colour options - Calisto Copper and Orcus White will only be available with the top-of-the-line XZ variant. This new paint job will cost an INR 20,000 premium over the regular single body colour variant, bumping the cost of the car to INR 16.76 lakhs (ex-showroom Delhi).