Tata Harrier gets Apple CarPlay support.

Tata Harrier has stayed in the headlines ever since it was launched in the market at the beginning of this year. The fresh design of the SUV along with futuristic looks, a feature packed premium feeling interior and a very alluring price tag means that the SUV has been very popular in the market. The prices for Tata Harrier start at Rs. 12.69 lakh, ex-showroom.

Now there are reports that Tata Motors has updated the touchscreen infotainment system of the Harrier. Since the Harrier is not a ‘connected’ SUV, the update is being patched at the service center of the carmaker and is not an over the air update. It means that the customers will have to take their vehicles to the service centers in order to get their touchscreen infotainment units updated. As far as the changes in the new update are concerned, the latest and the first update to the 8.8-inch floating-type infotainment system of the Harrier brings Apple CarPlay support to the system. To let you know, at the time of launch, the infotainment system of Harrier supported Android Auto, Aux-in, USB and Bluetooth connectivity and the absence of Apple CarPlay was pointed out in many reviews. However, the latest update to the infotainment system seems to have taken care of the problem as the Apple CarPlay connectivity is now present in the Harrier. The new version of the software is Q5_R09.02.

Talking of the other features on offer in Tata Harrier, the latest SUV from the brand comes with an 8.8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, this is currently the biggest infotainment unit in the entire segment. Apart from the large touchscreen the SUV also has a JBL speaker setup that comes with 9 speakers and a subwoofer. Tata Harrier is also the only car in the segment to offer a digital-analogue instrument cluster. Apart form the analogue speedo of the car, it also comes with a 7.0-inch TFT colour screen that sits beside the speedometer. Among the other features, Tata Harrier offers height-adjustable driver’s seat, keyless entry with push-button start, automatic climate control system, terrain modes, engine power modes, logo projection puddle lamps. On the safety front, Harrier comes with ABS+EBD, four airbags, electronic stability control (ESC), mitigation control, hill start assist and brake assist.

Talking about the engine of the Tata Harrier, the new SUV comes only in a diesel variant with the customers getting a Fiat-sourced 2L MultiJet diesel engine under the hood. Renamed as KRYOTEC by Tata, the engine is rated for 140 PS and 350 Nm. The engine on Tata SUV currently comes equipped only with a 6-speed manual gearbox. A 6-speed torque converter unit sourced from Hyundai will be offered sometime this year as well. Tata Harrier competes with the likes of Mahindra XUV500 and Hyundai Creta in the market. The initial response for Harrier has been very good, and only time will tell how Harrier performs in the market once the initial numbers stabilize.

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