Tata Harrier AT version will launch in the coming months, it is likely to be sold with a Hyundai-sourced 6-speed torque converter automatic unit
The Tata Harrier was launched in January this year and has already taken the mid-size SUV segment by a storm with its modern looks, aggressive pricing, punchy diesel engine and a spacious as well as the well-appointed interior. The new model has even left a dent in the sales of the Creta and the XUV500. However, automatic transmission and AWD system have been two omissions that seem to be hurting the popularity of the new model.
The good news is that Tata Motors has taken notice of this and is already working on addressing these concerns. So, soon, we should have the Tata Harrier Automatic variant’s debut in the market, which will be even followed by an AWD-equipped version that should satisfy the off-roading enthusiasts.
Combined with the JLR L550-derived OMEGA platform and the Fiat-sourced Multijet II motor, these two additions will make the Harrier an SUV that will suit almost all tastes and requirements.
The Tata Harrier is the first model to be designed as per the company’s IMPACT 2.0 design theme. There are many more firsts to this model as it also becomes the first Tata model to be underpinned by the Optimal Modular Efficient Global Advanced (OMEGA) architecture that has been derived from the Jaguar Land Rover’s L550 platform.
It may be noted that this is the same platform that underpins the Land Rover Discovery Sport, an SUV that costs many times more than the Harrier. Basically, Tata has replaced some of the aluminium components with those of high-tensile steel to bring down the costs of the architecture.
The Harrier is powered by a Fiat-sourced 2.0-litre Multijet II engine. This is the same engine that even powers the Jeep Compass and will be found under the hood of the MG Hector. For the Harrier, however, it has been re-tuned to offer a lower power output of 140 PS and a peak torque of 350 Nm.
It comes mated to a 6-speed manual transmission and comes with multiple driving modes that can help you optimize the power delivery and fuel efficiency of the vehicle as per your driving conditions.
The Harrier has even spawned a 7-seater variant, which debuted as the Buzzard at this year’s Geneva Motor Show and looks all set to launch in India later this year. In fact, this is the SUV that could mark the debut of the Hyundai-sourced 6-speed automatic transmission that will be available even on the Harrier.
While the company had initially clarified that it has no intentions of coming up with an AWD version, the significant demand for an off-road-friendly version by many owners of the Tata Safari 4×4 has pushed the manufacturer to reconsider its decision. Hence, as per many recent reports, both the Harrier and the Tata Buzzard will be sold with automatic transmission option as well as an optional AWD system.
The Tata Harrier Automatic variant should increase its popularity by attracting SUV buyers who need a diesel-sipping automatic model that is comfortable in both city and highway conditions. Also, the great ride quality and dynamics of the Harrier should work in tandem with the Hyundai-sourced 6-speed automatic transmission to make this SUV a great mile muncher.
On the other hand, the availability of 4×4 and automatic transmission on the 7-seater version of the Harrier should help it take on the likes of some more premium offerings in the ever-expanding Indian SUV market.