Tata Harrier is powered by 2.0-litre Kryotec diesel engine and will go on sale early next year in India
Tata Motors has announced the commencement of bookings for the Harrier SUV with refundable amount of Rs. 30,000 at authorised dealerships across the country. Widely been expected to launch in the first month of 2019 with speculated on-road price between Rs. 16 lakh and Rs. 21 lakh, the five-seater can also be pre-ordered on the brand’s website.
Tata Harrier is the first product to adorn the Impact Design 2.0 philosophy and is also debuting the flexible OMEGA (Optimal Modular Efficient Global Advanced) platform that attributes to all the upcoming Tata vehicles measuring above 4.3 metres in length. The architecture is derived from Land Rover’s D8 that is responsible for more than one million SUVs worldwide.
It is more likely to share the floor pan, independent suspension and steering gear with the Discovery Sport. The expensive aluminium parts are replaced by steel bits for reduced production costs as well. The Harrier could share the same 2,741 mm wheelbase with the Discovery Sport and it will have credible off-roading characteristics.
Tata says the Harrier premium SUV has been tested for over 2.2 million km in different weather and surface conditions. The exterior boasts several similarities to the H5X concept displayed at 2018 Auto Expo, and the new design language meant segment-leading wheel sizes and ample interior space are believed to be in the offing.
The Harrier derives power from a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine sourced from Fiat and it should produce 140 horsepower. It will be mated to a six-speed manual transmission as standard while a Hyundai-sourced six-speed torque converter AT could be offered as optional. The seven-seater version of Harrier is expected to launch within a year after the five-seater’s market debut making 170 hp as Jeep Compass.
The Kryotec engine that Tata calls as will offer multiple driving modes as well. The much-awaited SUV will compete against the likes of Hyundai Creta and Jeep Compass, and will have several premium features including a large touchscreen infotainment system, leather seat upholstery, powered seats, six airbags and so on.