Tata Harrier five-seater SUV will officially go on sale in January 2019; to be priced from Rs. 16 lakh to 21 lakh (on-road)
Tata Motors will commence bookings for the long-anticipated Harrier premium SUV in the Indian market on October 15, ahead of its market unveil in the coming days. For the fully refundable amount of Rs. 30,000, customers can pre-order the five-seater, which is scheduled to go on sale in January 2019. The Harrier is one of the two big launches planned by Tata for next year.
It is the first ever model to boast Impact Design 2.0 philosophy and takes plenty of styling influence from H5X concept. Part of Tata’s Turnaround 2.0 strategy, the monocoque SUV is built on OMEGA (Optimal Modular Efficient Global Architecture) that is derived from Land Rover’s D8 platform with necessary changes to accomodate the model for India.
The Tata Harrier’s engine details had recently been revealed as the 2.0-litre four-cylinder Kryotec diesel powertrain should be good enough to develop 140 horsepower and probably close to 300 Nm. It is mated to six-speed manual transmission as standard while a six-speed torque converter AT sourced from Hyundai will be available in top-end variants.
Both 2WD and 4WD configurations could be provided as well. The Mumbai-HQed carmaker banks big on the Harrier as it will compete against Hyundai Creta, Renault Captur and upcoming Nissan Kicks in the segment that will encounter increased entries in the coming years. Tata says Harrier has been tested in different surface and weather conditions for more than 2.2 million kilometers.
Moreover, the Land Rover derived architecture will enable good off-roading characteristics and ESP Terrain Response modes. The Advanced Electronically Controlled Variable Geometry Turbocharger (eVGT) is there to ensure power-packed performance on any driving conditions according to Tata.
The Kryotec diesel mill also features Low Friction Valve Train Architecture and an Advanced EGR (Exhaust Gas Recirculation) for meeting emission standards and deliver good fuel efficiency. The Harrier will be priced between from Rs. 16 lakh and Rs. 21 lakh (on-road) and will have a premium interior with several segment-first features. The pricing meant it goes right up against Hyundai Creta that regularly averages 10,000 unit sales monthly.