After launching the Harrier last year in the Indian market, Tata launched an updated version of the SUV earlier this year with a more powerful engine. However, the biggest addition to the Harrier facelift has to be the automatic transmission. Even though the Tata Harrier offers multiple modes that change the electronic stability control (ESP) settings of the car, just like the competitors, the Harrier does not offer a 4WD system. Here is a video that shows Harrier being pushed during off-road and here are the results.
The video has been put by Pitstop channel on YouTube who is doing the review of the Harrier automatic. However, the most interesting part of the video is towards the end where he pushes the car through wet surfaces and even makes the Harrier jump!
It should be noted that the Tata Harrier is built on the Omega-Arc platform that has been derived from the Jaguar Land Rover’s D8 platform. It makes the Harrier very well-balanced but the platform does not have the capability to support and AWD or 4X4 system. Instead, it gets ESP-based multiple driving modes – Normal, Wet and Rough. It changes the engagement of ESP and makes the Harrier bit more capable than regular 4X2 vehicles. However, it is not as capable as any AWD and 4X4 vehicles for sure.
The video shows the Harrier automatic being pushed around off the tarmac. The video does not show any real off-roading obstacles but sliding and handbrake turn on the wet surfaces. Towards the end, he also makes the car jump on the road.
The Electronic Stability Program (ESP) on the Harrier comes with a number of safety aids and traction modes. To be precise, the ESP on the Harrier has a total of 11 functions, ranging from hill descent control and hill hold to off-road ABS, cornering stability control and brake disc wiping.
The new Harrier BS6 is powered by the same 2.0-litre turbocharged diesel engine that was launched with the vehicle last year. However, with the update, Tata has increased the power from earlier 140 PS to 170 PS. The torque output of 350 Nm remains the same.
Tata has also added features like a panoramic sunroof, which is biggest in the segment. Apart from a few of these additions, the Harrier remains the same as the BS4 variant. Tata is also working to launch the all-new Gravitas based on the Harrier, which is likely to be launched in the coming months.