The last model to receive the automaker’s IMPACT styling language albeit revised to mirror that of Hyundai’s latest offerings, the Harrier rides on a development of the Ford D8 platform that currently underpins the Land Rover Discovery Sport known as Omega Arc, and measures 4 598mm in overall length with a wheelbase of 2 741mm, height of 1 706mm and width of 1 894mm.
Using the same front suspension as the Sport but swapping the aluminium multi-link setup at the rear for a torsion-beam configuration in order to bring costs down, the front-wheel drive only Harrier offers a ground clearance of 205mm and, in spite of being two-wheel driven, comes with a Terrain Response-like system with three modes; Norma, Wet and Rough in addition to Tata’s Multi-Drive mode selector also with three settings; Eco, City and Sport.
Model-wise, the Harrier will go on sale with a choice of four trim levels and a single engine, a 2.0-litre turbodiesel dubbed Kryotec based on Fiat’s Multijet motor that has been tweaked to deliver 103kW/350Nm. For now, only a six-speed manual gearbox is available although a Hyundai sourced six-speed automatic will be added next year.
In terms of equipment, the XE opens up the range and comes with projector-type headlights with daytime running LEDs, auto locking doors, rear parking sensors, electric windows all around, dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, 16-inch steel wheels, rear air-conditioning vents, electrically adjustable mirrors with puddle lamps, a four-inch instrument cluster display and LED taillights.
Upping the ante, the XM adds follow-me-home headlights, a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Bluetooth, Aux and USB, front fog lights, a four-speaker sound system, steering wheel mounted audio controls and the aforementioned Multi-Drive system.
Sitting in the middle, the XT swaps the 16-inch steelies for 17-inch alloys and further comes with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Voice Recognition, a reverse camera, push-button start, cruise control, a rear armrest, climate control, a cooled storage compartment under the front armrest, rain sense wipers and automatic headlights.
Capping the range off, the XZ receives the Terrain Response-like system and no less than six airbags as well as ES, Hill Hold and Hill Descent Control, in addition to a 8.8-inch touchscreen system, a nine-speaker JBL sound system, leather upholstery, xenon projector headlights, a seven-inch digital instrument cluster display, leather wrapped steering wheel and gear knob, Brake Assist, cornering fog lights, Corner Stability Control and Roll-Over Mitigation.
No pricing as yet been announced, although reports have suggested that the Harrier will be priced from Rs 1 600 000 (R314 488) for the XE to Rs 2 100 000 (R412 765) for the XZ. Like the Nexon and Hexa however, local availability remains to be confirmed.
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