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It is not uncommon to spot luxury cars with a taxi badge in India. The fast growing car rental as well as car leasing services offer a wide range of choice for customers in the market. One can find options ranging from small Maruti cars to large BMWs in the self-drive or even cab market. The companies too are happy to serve to the demand of the public and charge as per the price of the car in the market. The latest such model to be spotted in the self-drive category is the Tata Harrier. The latest SUV from Tata became the talk of the town ever since it was launched in the Indian market at a tempting price point. While this only may be one instance of the Harrier being spotted in the self-drive car market, several of its rivals like the Mahindra XUV500 are already offered by numerous car rental companies. So it is only a matter of time before Harrier becomes a standard affair in the car rental market.
Talking about the Tata Harrier, the new design philosophy of the brand sure is a great head turner. With the IMPACT 2.0 design language, Tata Harrier has a very futuristic design that manages to turn all the heads on the road. The good looks of the exterior of Tata Harrier are complemented by the interiors as well. The increased dimensions of the Harrier means that the car is very spacious from inside. Not to mention that the cabin of the Harrier is also very well appointed and comes loaded with features.
Moving on to the engine details, 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 is also expected to bring out a 7-seater version of the Harrier by the name of Cassini in the Indian market in the coming months. A more powerful BS-VI version of the Tata Harrier will also be launched, and the SUV’s 2L Fiat Multijet turbocharged diesel engine will make 170 Bhp-250 Nm, a 30 Bhp rise in power as compared to the current BS-IV variant on sale. The more powerful version of the Tata Harrier is likely to cost Rs. 50,000-1 lakh more than equivalent BS-IV variants as the BS-VI model will need expensive emission control equipment in the form of a Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) unit.