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Tata Harrier, Safari facelifts revealed

Following a slew of teasers, Tata Motors has now fully revealed the Harrier and Safari facelifts. Both SUV gets a comprehensively revised exterior and interior design, along with several new feature additions, although they remain mechanically unchanged from before.

Tata Motors has also officially commenced bookings for both models for a token amount of Rs 25,000. Expect prices to be announced in the coming weeks.

  1. Harrier, Safari facelifts now more differentiated in design
  2. Gets new features like dual-zone AC, paddle shifter, 19-inch wheels
  3. Bookings open at Rs 25,000

Tata Harrier facelift exterior and interior

The most comprehensive updates are to the fascia of the SUV – it gets an all-new bumper that’s split into distinct upper and lower sections by a contrasting black band in between. The upper portion features a grille that’s grown broader but is sharper and is headlined by a full-width LED light bar. Meanwhile, the lower section features a gaping central air intake underlined by thick plastic cladding. Both the grille and the central air intake feature contrasting inserts.

The main headlamp clusters, meanwhile, are pushed towards the edges giving it a wider stance, and like the new Nexon, have a trapezoidal shape housed within a C-shaped enclosure.

In profile, not much has changed, but you get a new design for the five-spoke alloy wheels, while at the rear, the tail-lamp band has been revised with new LED internals, and it also appears a lot sleeker than before. The rear bumper also gets new protrusions for the reflectors and there’s a gloss-black finish for the rear skid plate. Unlike the Nexon facelift, which saw some sheet metal changes, the updates here are only to the soft plastic parts.

The interior has also been as comprehensively updated as the exterior. The central touchscreen is now a free-standing unit – it was previously integrated into the dashboard – and is offered in two sizes – 10.25-inch or 12.3-inch, depending on the trim. The facelift also ditches the faux wood trim on the dashboard for a mix of materials that includes a textured top panel, gloss black surfaces and leatherette padding with contrast stitching – all underlined by a slim strip of LED ambient light.

You also get the new touch-based HVAC control panel from the Nexon, a new four-spoke steering wheel with a backlit Tata logo and a 10.25-inch customisable digital instrument cluster with navigation. The centre console area has also been revised with a shorter, stubbier gear lever for automatic variants, and there’s a new rotary dial for the drive mode selector with a digital display. While higher-spec models get an electronic parking brake, the aircraft-style handbrake lever on the lower variants has been retained as is.

Tata Harrier facelift features

There are notable upgrades on the equipment front too – welcome and goodbye animations by the LED DRLs, up to 19-inch alloy wheels with aero inserts, dual-zone automatic AC, 10-speaker JBL sound system, paddle shifters for the automatic variants, rear window sunshades, ventilated and powered front seats with memory function, gesture-controlled powered tailgate and Bi-LED projector headlamps. The 360-degree camera, wireless charger, panoramic sunroof and ADAS suite have also been carried forward. It now gets up to 7 airbags, 6 of which are standard across the range.

Tata Safari facelift exterior and interior

Unlike the outgoing Harrier and Safari, which looked near identical up front, the Safari is slightly more differentiated than its 5-seater sibling. The new grille, for instance, is even broader here on the Safari and the central air intake at the bottom also gets its own unique inserts. The biggest differentiator, however, are the headlamps that are positioned slightly higher up and have a rectangular shape. The C-shaped headlamp housing and the connected LED light bar treatment are common on both SUVs.

Like the Harrier, not much has changed in profile either, except for a new design for the 19-inch wheels that’s again unique to the Safari. At the rear, there’s a new tail-lamp band with a connected LED bar. The rear bumper also gets a cleaner design with rectangular protrusions at the edges, mimicking the front-end design.

Tata Harrier, Safari facelift trim details

Tata Motors has ditched the old trim nomenclature for the Harrier and Safari and has adopted new persona-based trim names that’s akin to the new Nexon. The Harrier is available in Smart, Pure, Adventure and Fearless trims, while the Safari is available in Smart, Pure, Adventure and Accomplished trims.

Like in the Nexon, these trims also come with their own unique colour options, as well as exterior and interior accents. The Harrier, for instance, gets a unique yellow paint with yellow accents on the inside while the Safari gets a unique gold finish. Both the Harrier and Safari will also continue to get the Dark Edition treatment on several trims.

Tata Harrier, Safari facelift powertrain options

Mechanically and under the skin, both SUVs remain unchanged from before. They continue to be powered by a 170hp, 350Nm, 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel engine that’s mated to either a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed torque converter automatic gearbox, driving the front wheels. It comes with Terrain response modes (Normal, Rough & wet) and multiple drive modes (Eco, City & Sports), and Tata Motors claims that the suspension setup has also been retuned to better suit our road conditions.The interior, however, isn’t all that differentiated from the Harrier except for a different finish for the central dashboard panel. Additional features of the Harrier include a ventilation function for the second-row seats.