It is often said that black is beautiful, and the colour seems to be quite the rage amongst car buyers in the automotive industry. Black is one colour that signifies strength, power and authority like no other, and as a result, is always pretty much in demand, be it a matter of what you’re wearing or the drive you’re in. Gauging the demand for the colour, especially within the SUV segment in the country, Tata Motors have decided to launch their blockbuster SUV in a brand new ‘Dark’ avatar.
The Harrier by Tata has been selling like hotcakes ever since its launch early this year. Capitalizing on its success, Tata Motors have launched a number of upgrades and modifications to the SUV in a short period of time as well. The top-end XZ trim of the Harrier was recently launched with Dual Tone options, with the roof being painted black. Given the clamour for sunroofs in cars these days, the company also introduced it as an official accessory with the Harrier. The latest, with as many as 14 design enhancements, is the suave-looking Tata Harrier Dark.
Wrapped in a new Atlas Black paint job, the Tata Harrier Dark has an elegant all-black exterior, including faux skid plates and 17” alloys in the same colour, apart from the headlamp inserts that have been coloured grey. So as to separate this Dark Knight from the mainstream, this version of the Harrier also proudly wears a badge with word #Dark on its front fender.
As for the interiors, the debonair black look that the Harrier Dark wears on the outside has been recreated inside of the cabin as well. The dashboard inserts have been coated in a classy new ‘Blackstone Matrix’, while the ‘Humanity Line’, a design feature symbolic of the brand that runs along the dashboard, has been given a gunmetal grey finish. The upholstery, including the seats and the door inserts, has been tastefully done in premium Benecke Kaliko Blackstone leather, with contrasting grey stitching. The door handles have a perforated leather finish to them as well.
Coming to the engine and equipment features being offered, they’re largely in line with the existing XZ variant of the Tata Harrier. The Dark edition is also powered by a 140hp and 350Nm of torque churning 2.0-litre Kryotec diesel engine, mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox. Unfortunately, the Tata Harrier is yet to come out with an automatic version, as well as a petrol variant.
However, there are talks of a 170hp BS-6 compliant engine 7-seater automatic version to be launched soon, on the lines of the Tata Buzzard that was exhibited at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show in March this year. Known as the H7X within the Tata circles, the Buzzard is 62mm longer and is expected to be made available with the option of a 6-speed torque converter automatic gearbox that has been sourced from Hyundai. Can’t wait for this one to hit the roads? Well, we can’t either!