Leaked patent designs of Tata Motors’ highly anticipated electric vehicle, the Harrier EV, have emerged, showcasing significant design changes compared to its diesel counterpart. Positioned as the flagship in Tata Motors’ electric vehicle lineup, the Harrier EV retains much of the sheet metal from the conventional Harrier but features a futuristic front fascia tailored for electric propulsion.
The most noticeable change is the replacement of the traditional grille with a closed design, eliminating the need for extensive air intake. The closed grille has horizontal slats, creating a modern pattern, and a bottom grille with vertical slats for essential air circulation to cool the advanced battery system. The front-end alterations include a departure from the conventional headlight design, adopting a sleek and modern triangular shape, accompanied by slim LED Daytime Running Lights (DRLs) atop the headlights for a contemporary touch.
Inside the cabin, the Harrier EV promises a premium experience with advanced features, including a two-spoke steering wheel with an illuminated Tata logo, panoramic sunroof, touch-based HVAC controls, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), and a 360° surround-view camera. Additional highlights include automatic climate control, wireless charging, an air purifier, ambient lighting, and ventilated and powered front seats. Tata Motors may unveil best-in-class and segment-first features, building anticipation leading up to the official launch.
Underpinning the Harrier EV is Tata Motors’ Gen II EV architecture, surpassing the Gen I platform found in the Nexon EV. The electric SUV is expected to house a robust battery pack ranging from 60 kWh to 80 kWh, providing an impressive range of approximately 500 kilometers on a full charge. Anticipated to enter the market with a starting price around Rs 35 lakh, ex-showroom, the Harrier EV is set to launch in 2024, competing head-to-head with Mahindra’s XU800 electric SUV.