While the Harrier and Safari are well-equipped SUVs, new launches like the Mahindra XUV700 set higher expectations. To make sure they don’t fall behind in any way, Tata Motors is working on a facelifted version of the Harrier and Safari. Planned updates for Harrier also apply to Safari.
Tata Harrier and Safari will receive comprehensive updates including visual improvements, new comfort and convenience features, safety upgrades, and a petrol motor. Compared to most other rivals, it’s the only Harrier and Safari that currently don’t have a petrol option. Gasoline models are cheaper than diesel models, which helps to target a larger customer base.
Harrier Facelift Spotted
The Harrier facelift is expected to look fresh with changes to the front grille, headlamps, and bumpers. A new set of alloy wheels and subtle changes to the rear are also expected. Inside, the Harrier facelift will have a larger touchscreen infotainment system. It can be in increments of about 10 or 12 inches. Current models have a 7-inch floating island touchscreen with low-end variants and an 8.8-inch touchscreen with high-end and top-end variants.
The safety kit will be updated with features like a 360 degree surround view monitor. This was recently discovered on a test mule. Other major updates could include a full digital instrument cluster, ambient lighting and electronic parking brake. As ADAS grows in popularity, they too may be introduced into Harrier facelifts. ADAS is only available in some top-end variants.
The latest spy shot of the 2023 Tata Harrier facelift goes back to car enthusiast Eeshwar Kabra. Another focus area could improve the Harrier’s off-road capabilities. This includes a number of changes, including adjustments to the suspension settings. The overall amount of off-road related changes could be higher for Safari, as there are currently tough contenders in the form of the Scorpio-N.
Harrier gasoline variant
A new 1.5 liter turbo petrol motor is said to be in development for the Harrier and Safari. This will be a larger capacity version of the existing 1.2 liter turbo petrol motor currently on mission at Nexon and Altrose. The basic engine architecture is the same, but additional cylinders are provided for additional power boost. Harrier’s 1.5-litre petrol motor is expected to deliver a maximum output of around 150bhp. Harrier’s closest rival, the XUV700, uses a 2.0-liter turbo petrol motor that makes 197bhp.
Harrier and Safari currently have a Fiat source 2.0-liter turbo diesel motor that makes 170bhp and 350Nm. This will continue in its present form. Transmission options include a 6-speed manual and 6-speed automatic. The Harrier petrol model is also expected to be offered with both manual and automatic transmission options.
The Harrier range currently starts at Rs 14.70 lakh while the top spec XZA+ Dark variant costs Rs 22.05 lakh. The price of the Harrier facelift gasoline model is about Rs 1 lakh cheaper. Release is expected in early 2023.