The Tata Harrier Dark Edition was thrust into the limelight late last year, bringing more verve and visual drama to an already eye-catching design. However, for all intents and purposes, the Dark Edition of the Tata Harrier was only available for those who were willing to shell out the really big bucks on the top-end XZ and XZ+ trims. After careful deliberation and several board meetings I presume, the Indian auto major seems to have realized the still untapped potential of the Harrier Dark Edition, and has now extended the series to include the mid-spec XT and XT+ trims as well. Congratulations, prospective buyers!
To put the strategy into perspective, the Tata Harrier Dark Edition was so far priced at Rs 17.85 lakh and Rs 19.10 lakh for the XZ and XZ+ trims, respectively. This meant that Tata was effectively secluding the Dark Edition of the Harrier from buyers who did not want to spend that much on their Harrier. In comparison, the newly-introduced Harrier XT Dark Edition starts from Rs 16.50 lakh for the XT trim and Rs 17.30 lakh for the XT+ trim – reducing the price of the Tata Harrier Dark Edition by Rs 1.35 lakh at the lower end. This move, by default, will inevitably lead to more footfall on the showroom floor – a win-win move, if you ask me.
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So what exactly makes the Dark Edition of the Tata Harrier special when compared to its run-of-the-mill siblings? Well, to begin with, the Dark Edition gets a special Atlas Black paint scheme that really helps with the sinister and powerful theme that Tata is trying for. I really think that it looks like a proper mafia mobile. Even if you are used to seeing the Tata Harrier on a regular basis, the Dark Edition will surely catch your eye. Continuing with the theme, the XT and XT+ versions get the same stylistic treatment as the upper trims – these include a darkened look around the headlamps with special grey bezels, “Dark” badges on the front fenders, black 17-inch alloy wheels, black door handles, and there is black paint even on the faux front & rear skid plates. The latter is apparently an “Expression of your limitless swag”, according to Tata Motors. Of course, it is!
Following the footsteps of its exterior, the interior of the Tata Harrier Dark Edition XT is absolutely draped in black (and some grey). So the leatherette seats are black, the dashboard has some intricate black matrix theme on it, and the rest of the lower half of this interior is painted in gunmetal grey. If all that is a little too dark for you, then you only need to spend an extra Rs 80,000 and upgrade to the XT+ trim – it comes with an expansive panoramic sunroof. However, you will likely not be disappointed when it comes to the Harrier XT Dark Edition’s standard equipment list, as it comes with projector headlamps, keyless entry with push-button start/stop, an 8-way adjustable driver’s chair, automatic climate control, a 6-speaker audio system, rearview camera, and a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment head unit with integrated Android Auto & Apple CarPlay.
As far as its safety features are concerned, the Tata Harrier Dark Edition (XT and XT+) come with dual front airbags, ABS with EBD and Brake Assist, Traction Control with Corner Stability Control, Roll-Over Mitigation, Hill-Hold Control along with front fog lamps and rear parking sensors. If we are talking about the performance aspects of the Tata Harrier Dark Edition, they are identical to those of the standard Harrier. The Harrier is powered by a Kryotech 2.0-litre four-banger diesel that puts out 168hp with 350Nm of twist, mated to either a 6-speed manual or automatic transmission. Alas, the XT and XT+ trims are only offered with the stick shift. Therefore, you can expect the sprint time from naught to 100 kmph to take just over 12 seconds, while top speed should be in the neighborhood of 180 kmph.
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However, don’t think that all is hunky-dory here. Despite its more aggressive demeanor, the Dark Edition is still very much a Tata Harrier. This means that you will unarguably find some annoying ergonomic issues in the cabin, while fit & finish still leave a lot to be desired, performance isn’t exactly spine-tingling, and the manual gearbox and its clutch aren’t the slickest around. All that said, if you are in the market right now and are looking for a fairly affordable, capable, spacious, safe, feature-packed, and good-looking family SUV, then these newly-released Tata Harrier Dark Edition trims are certainly worth checking out.
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