DRIVEN TATA HARRIER BS VI: All Spruced Up
Motown India|March 2021
When I first drove the pre-facelift Harrier, I was in awe of the way it handled.
Hari Kudchadkar

But more than that I absolutely loved the way it looked, so muscular and aggressive. The motor did not seem noticeably underpowered; the ride was exceptionally plush, the seats comfy, road presence in oodles and the Land Rover D8 Platform gave it the edge.

But keeping my enthusiasm under check, I felt that there were a few things that could have been better and a few things that were certainly needed. For instance, it lacked a sunroof to take on the MG Hector; it could do with more power, an automatic gearbox, all-wheel-drive and an accessible USB port.

The BS6 upgrade was a necessity, but Tata went a step ahead and some more. The 2.0-litre turbo diesel now does marginally less harm to the environment and also makes 30bhp more. To be able to mess with the MG Hector, Tata gave it a panoramic sunroof and an automatic gearbox!

BIT MORE EDGE

When you catch a glimpse of the Harrier, what you’d notice right off the bat is the muscular design with the flared wheel arches and mature shoulder lines thanks to Tata’s IMPACT design language. The aggressive front end, big grill, and the big bonnet give it incredible road presence and that ‘in your face’ look. The silhouette stays the same and it’s safe to say that it really didn’t need much tweaking.

However, the skid plate you see on the bumper is now finished in black and flows better with the design. It’s got chrome accents around the headlamps and the side cladding all the way to the faux exhaust tips. The blind spot that was created by the ORVMs in the old car was fixed here, to an extent. The addition of a panoramic sunroof with the dual tone scheme looks very classy, and plays the SUV card really well. To add a more premium touch, Tata have finally given it a panoramic sunroof. Now, with all these little details taken care of, the Harrier seems sorted. Even parked alongside the Land Rover Discovery the Harrier looks very desirable, of course barring the fact that the Discovery is a proper SUV and belongs to a different segment all together.

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