As the new Tata Harrier and Safari SUVs launch, we make a comparison vs the old model. Harrier has been one of the most popular and crucial products for the Indian auto giant in the last few years. It paved the way for Tata Motors to compete in the premium mid-size SUV segment. At the time of the launch of the original Harrier, there weren’t all that many rivals in this space. But today, there are products like the Mahindra Scorpio N, Mahindra XUV700, Hyundai Alcazar, Jeep Compass and MG Hector. Hence, a thorough revision of the Harrier was long overdue. Finally, we have the Harrier in the flesh after months of anticipation. Let us see what has changed.
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New Tata Harrier vs Old Model – Price Comparison
The new Harrier retails between Rs 15.49 lakh and Rs 24.49 lakh, ex-showroom. Note that the prices of the automatic variants are still not out. On the other hand, the original Harrier used to retail between Rs 15.20 lakh and Rs 24.27 lakh, ex-showroom. There were subsequent updates to the Harrier in the last few years which increased these prices to some extent. In any case, the newest iteration certainly commands a premium over the outgoing model.
|Price Comparison||New Tata Harrier||Old Tata Harrier|
|Base Model||Rs 15.49 lakh||Rs 15.20 lakh|
|Top Model||Rs 24.49 lakh||Rs 24.27 lakh|
New Tata Harrier vs Old Model – Specs Comparison
Interestingly, the Harrier still carries the same engine which it had during the time of its inception. There is a Fiat-sourced 2.0-litre Kryotec turbo diesel engine making 170 PS and 350 Nm of peak power and torque. This engine pairs with a 6-speed manual or an automatic transmission.
|Engine||2.0-litre turbo diesel|
This is where the major difference lies. The new-age Harrier comes with tons of modern amenities. This includes modern comfort, connectivity, convenience and safety features. It has things like a textured dashboard with different levels of colours depending on the exterior paint, a free-standing 12.3-inch infotainment screen, a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster, wireless charging, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity, touch-sensitive HVAC controls, gloss black surfaces and leatherette materials for the dashboard, ambient LED lighting, a new four-spoke steering wheel with an illuminated Tata logo, dual-zone automatic climate control, a premium 10-speaker JBL sound system, rear window blinds, a 360-degree camera, a large panoramic sunroof, 7 airbags (6 airbags standard), ADAS functions for enhanced active safety features, a 5-star safety rating at the Global NCAP, hill-hold assist, three-point seatbelts with reminders for all passengers, a rotary knob for drive mode, new drive selector for automatic trims, digital key and much more.
On the other hand, the features list of the outgoing model was also quite extensive. This includes functions like an 8.8-inch floating island Infotainment System with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, 9 Speaker JBL Audio System, Voice Recognition, Steering-mounted Audio Controls, a 7-inch Colour TFT Instrument Display, 6-way Powered Driver’s Seat, Cruise Control, Glove Box with Laptop Tray, Cooled Storage Compartments, 28 Intelligent Storage Spaces (umbrellas, cups and more), Premium Leather Upholstery, Signature Oak Brown Dashboard, Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel and Gear Lever, Airplane Lever-like Parking Brake, Large Panoramic Sunroof, Ambient Mood Lighting, Automatic Temperature Control, Bluetooth Connectivity and much more.
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Similarly, the exterior of the new Tata Harrier does bear some resemblance to the outgoing model in terms of the overall silhouette but the elements are modern and techy. For instance, the first thing one would notice is the full-width LED light bar culminating in LED DRLs on either side, a split-LED headlamp cluster on the bumper with the LED DRLs on the bonnet, modern inserts on the grille lending a premium feel, stylish 19-inch alloys (18-inch for all trims except for the Dark Edition model), an almost identical side profile with black side pillars, roof rails, connected LED taillamps via a light bar, sturdy bumper with a prominent skid plate, brake lights on the extreme edges of the bumper and a shark fin antenna. The new Harrier is definitely more futuristic enabling it a more imposing road presence.
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The design of the outgoing model is also somewhat in line with the new model. It was based on Tata’s ward-winning Impact 2.0 strategy lending it a dominating demeanour. It had the Xenon HID projector headlamps, LED DRLs, sporty front grille, 17-inch alloy wheels with a diamond-cut pattern, chrome finish on the window frame, LED taillamps with a connected strip, black side pillars for that floating roof effect and more. Essentially, the difference between the two models is quite evident when one looks at the two together. These are all the differences and similarities between the New Tata Harrier vs the Old model.