We are referring to this latest automotive vehicle, a marvel if we could speak from what we see. An SUV from the house of Tata Motors.
Tata could have called it a Hawk too, but seems everyone manufacturing an SUV is smitten with the comparison with a Hawk. Tata, could have settled for something like an Eagle, a symbol of astute vision. But, Harrier is a bird from the avian class of Hawks. A kind of bird, known to hold low over open grounds and feed upon small mammals and other reptiles.
Similar to a Hawk, the Harriers seem to have good vision, and Tatas' latest car, the Harrier, by that virtue, seems to offer a similar experience to its customers- ability to hold good on Indian roads and offer a good vision over the plains (Apologies for that metaphor, Indian roads are indeed disastrous and should never be compared to plains).
Wikipedia adds that the word Harrier could mean a Dog too. A few clicks and a picture of an odd looking dog arrives. This, of a dog that looks eerily like a cross between a Beagle and a hound. With that, Tata's Harrier has another attribute. That of a dog- utmost loyal to its master, highly affectionate, extremely fierce to strangers, holds its turf, is gifted with good sniffing sense and yeah other attributes that one would offer to man's four-legged best friend.
Could Tata's Harrier be man's four-tyred best friend? Does it offer sufficient juice to hold on its own, would it be as fierce as Harrier, the dog and as visionary as Harrier the bird?
We are still exploring...
But as the web shows, Tata's Harrier is not just full of attributes, but can pack quite a punch. Tweets, latest media reports and people at Tata's latest press conference cum launch ceremony were literally drooling on the SUV's looks, the price and the features that Harrier would be selling for.
In fact, a few auto-enthusiasts at the launch commented on how the pricing could spoil Indian audiences. A price of Rs 12.69 lakhs (ex-showroom Mumbai) was sufficient to lead a few to ponder- "Hey, Doesn't that make it the most affordable 4WD (Four Wheel Drive) on Indian roads?"Well, we couldn't spot the 4-WD feature on the Harrier, but Tata is offering different modes that it believes adds to the driving experience.
Along with the pull on design, Tata's ingenious marketing team has been busy snapping miniature Harriers (the car, obviously) with different creatures and cities. Well, that certainly looks endearing to that customer who has been keen on pulling an off-road experience into India's deep valleys and jungles. Oh boy! We just wish someone gifted us a Tata Harrier, to set forth onto one such engaging trip.
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Image: Tata Motors-Twitter