Aside from the price, there are a few other changes that Tata has brought in the 2020 Harrier. Tata’s flagship now gets a panoramic sunroof, additional power, an automatic option, and more
Tata Motors brought in the 2020 Harrier at the Auto Expo in February at a starting price of Rs 13.69 lakh. While the overall design, as well as the interior of the refreshed Harrier, is more or less the same as before it, Tata has made quite a few small changes based on customer feedback. Let’s take a look at how this 2020 Harrier is different.
1.) Ergonomic issues addressed: The Harrier that was launched last year suffered from a lot of ergonomic issues. For instance, the ORVM was too large and hampered the visibility from the driver’s seat, and the USB port was positioned too far inside to be accessed with ease. Tata has addressed both these issues in the 2020 Harrier – the ORVM is now smaller and the USB has been brought forward. But the 2020 Harrier is still not devoid of some issues. The USB port for the rear seat passengers in this refreshed model is difficult to access and too close to the floor. We don’t quite like the aircraft-style handbrake either – it just doesn’t feel as comfortable as the conventional one.
2.) More powerful motor: The 2019 Harrier was good for 138bhp, which didn’t seem enough for a car that tipped the scale at 1.7 tons. In fact, most other SUV in its class were either more powerful (the MG Hector and the Jeep Compass) or considerably lighter (the Kia Seltos and the Hyundai Creta). It didn’t quite come as a surprise, then, that the 2019 Harrier was somewhat lacking in the performance department. MY20 of the Harrier gets a larger turbocharger and now makes the 168 horses – same as the Hector and the Compass. Although thanks to its weight, the Harrier may still not be the best performing SUV in its class, the additional power brings it on a par with its competitors.
3.) Automatic variants: Since the time of its launch in January 2019, the Harrier was missing an automatic variant. With the 2020 BS-VI update, Tata has addressed that too. The 2020 Harrier comes with a 6-speed torque converter. In fact, the Harrier automatic comes in as many as 7 variants ranging from Rs 16.25 lakh to Rs 20.25 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).
4.) Additional features: The 2020 BS-VI update also brings with it a bunch of new features that were missing in its predecessor. All variants of the Harrier now get Electronic Stability Program (ESP) as standard. Other feature updates include electrically adjustable driver seat, auto-dimming IRVM, and a panoramic sunroof. The Harrier also gets three USB ports – at the front, under the central armrest, and for the passengers at the back. While the central 8.8-inch touchscreen infotainment system remains unchanged, Tata has added a few new background colours to the interface.
5.) A few design updates: The exterior of the 2020 Harrier also gets mild updates. At the front, the bumper gets an all-black treatment as opposed to the silver faux skid plate of the earlier model. The rear bumper too gets a similar treatment. Along the sides, the ORVMs have been redesigned. The car also gets a new set of diamond-cut alloy wheels. Tata has also added some chrome bits to the front and the rear to add a sense of contrast to the overall design – thankfully, it is quite subtle.