Tata Motors has unveiled the facelift models of the Harrier and Safari SUVs after a long wait.
Tata has finally revealed its much-awaited Harrier and Safari facelift SUVs in our market as we compare the former with the old model. There are significant exterior changes to the new model. In fact, there is a complete revamp of the interior. As is the case with most facelifts, the mechanicals remain identical to the outgoing model. However, there are changes to the cabin layout with the addition of a few new features. Let us take a look at the details of what has changed.
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Tata Harrier Facelift vs Old Model – Design
The most striking difference in terms of the exterior resides in the front fascia. While the old model had regular LED DRLs, the new model gets a more modern full-width LED light bar on the bonnet which runs the width of the bonnet. Moreover, the housing and appearance of the Bi-projector LED headlamps on the bumper are much sleeker and futuristic now. The new SUV also gets substantial tweaks to the front grille area with the new model looking much more sophisticated and rugged. With a horizontal bifurcation using a black panel, the grilles are offered on the upper and lower sections of the bumper with techy inserts.
Similarly, the side profile now has new alloy wheels with black side body cladding, roof rails and a floating roof effect with chunky wheel arches. In fact, the sturdy skid plate at the front lends an imposing road presence. At the rear, there is still a connected LED light bar covering the width of the tailgate, a shark fin antenna, a rugged bumper with a skid plate and prominent reflector lights on the extreme edges of the bumper. All in all, these changes are significant.
The features list on the 2023 Tata Harrier facelift is rather expansive. There are tons of new-age amenities including a new free-floating 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment display, a textured dashboard with gloss black and leatherette panels, LED ambient lighting, touch-based HVAC controls with two toggle switches, a customization 10.25-inch driver’s instrument cluster with navigation, a new steering wheel with illuminated Tata logo like we saw on the Nexon facelift recently, electronic parking brake, rotary drive mode selector, dual-zone automatic climate control, 10-speaker JBL audio system, ventilated and powered front seats with memory function, wireless charging, ADAS suite, 360-degree camera, upto 7 airbags, panoramic sunroof and more. Overall, there are tons of new equipment to ensure that it is now modern.
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Both Harrier and Safari retain the powertrain from the outgoing models. This means that the Harrier gets the familiar 2.0-litre Kryotec turbo diesel engine making 170 PS and 350 Nm of peak power and torque. This engine is mated to either a 6-speed manual or a torque converter automatic transmission. There are terrain response and drive modes. We might have the turbo petrol engine on offer later on. The prices will be announced at the launch. The Harrier rivals the likes of the Mahindra XUV700, MG Hector and Jeep Compass in our market.