In an unexpected move, Tata Motors has given the entire variant line-up of the Harrier SUV a price hike of ₹ 30,000.
Tata Motors' latest flagship SUV, the Tata Harrier, has undergone a silent price hike for the first time since its launch back in January 2019. While Tata has not made an official announcement about it, the prices have been updated on the model website. For those not aware, the Harrier is available in four variants: XE, XM, XT and the XZ. While the XE variant used to start from ₹ 12.69 lakh, it is now priced at ₹ 12.99 lakh (Ex-showroom, Delhi). Likewise, all variants have received a bump of ₹ 30,000.
While we are not aware of the exact reason behind this update, the most probable reason behind it could be rising input costs or the fact that the prices at the time of the launch were deliberately kept lower in order to make the product more competitive in the market. What this means though is that the Harrier moves a bit closer to the price range of its key rival, the Jeep Compass. Harrier XE now costs ₹ 2.60 lakh less than the base version of the Compass (Sport 1.4 petrol).
However, this price gain has seemed to work in favour of Mahindra, as the newly-launched base variant of the XUV500, the W3, is now cheaper than the Harrier XE by around ₹ 68,000. The XUV500 W3 is priced at ₹ 12.30 lakh (Ex-showroom, Delhi). You can find out how the Tata Harrier compares against the Jeep Compass & the Mahindra XUV500 in our spec comparison here.
At the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show, Tata Motors laid all doubts to rest as it unveiled the Tata Buzzard, a 7-seater version of the Harrier. There's no doubt that the Buzzard will be coming to India as well, although with a different moniker. A few design changes along with an increase in overall length to accommodate the third row of seats will set the Buzzard apart from the Harrier. Also, the Buzzard is likely to get the same 2.0-litre FCA-sourced diesel motor from the Harrier but, with higher power output. In the Harrier, the motor puts out 138bhp and 350Nm of torque.