Tata Harrier is one of the most ambitious launches of Tata Motors and although it ticks most of the boxes, there are some features that this midsize SUV missed out on. One such feature is the sunroof and it’s surprising to fathom why Tata didn’t provide the sunroof on Harrier. The recent launch of MG Hector aggravated the problem for Harrier as Hector comes equipped with a large panoramic sunroof. Tata tried to make up the deficiency by offering an aftermarket sunroof but it seems this arrangement hasn’t been able to impress the buyers.
But now, spy shots reveal that Tata Motors is preparing to launch a new top-spec XZ+ variant of the Harrier which will be equipped with a factory-fitted panoramic sunroof along with a slew of new features. Tata is confident that the inclusion of sunroof will definitely have a positive impact on Harrier’s sales. Along with sunroof, Tata will also upgrade Harrier to 18” alloy wheels as the currently used 17” alloys feels too puny to match masculinity of the SUV.
The new alloys will come wrapped in 235 mm wide rubber with an aspect ratio of 60. Tata could possibly also add some premium features like tire pressure monitoring system in order to justify the high price of Harrier. Expect the price of the top-spec Harrier XZ+ to be significantly higher than the current top XZ trim which is priced at Rs 16.95 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
In due course of time, Tata will also upgrade Harrier’s 2.0-liter Kryotec diesel motor to meet stringent BS6 emission norms. The output is also expected to be bumped to 170bhp. In addition, the Harrier will also receive 6-speed automatic torque converter gearbox from Hyundai. The seven-seat version of the Harrier christened Buzzard is also expected to make its debut in India next year.