Tata Harrier will go on sale in early 2019 with on-road prices likely starting from Rs. 16 lakh for the base variant
Tata Motors appears to have lined up JTP versions of Tiago and Tigor for launch on October 26 as part of the aggressive product offensive but the brand’s most-awaited Harrier premium SUV is only entering India early next year. It will commission the Impact Design 2.0 styling language and will also be the first Tata vehicle to sit on OMEGA architecture.
The OMEGA (Optimal Modular Efficient Global Advanced) platform is derived from the legendary Land Rover D8 that is responsible for over a million JLR vehicles worldwide. The flexible architecture will address Tata’s forthcoming models stretching 4.3 m length and above, and it has been customised for Indian buyers with credible off-roading abilities and composed driving on-road.
The pricing of the five-seater SUV, that will compete against Hyundai Creta and Jeep Compass, has been subjected to plenty of discussions with rumour mill suggesting on-road rates between Rs. 16 lakh and Rs. 21 lakh. Tata’s official Twitter handle has confirmed of the same while replying to a question, and quoted the speculated range which includes registration charges, insurance and so on.
Tata Harrier has been tested for well over 2.2 million km and is endorsed to have “best in diesel engine technology”. Called the Kryotec – inspired from Cryogenic rocket engine for power and reliability – the 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel engine is claimed to have salient drive and low carbon footprint with torquey characteristics. It will likely produce as much as 140 horsepower.
It does boast multi driving modes coupled with the ESP Terrain Response modes and the Advanced Electronically Controlled Variable Geometry Turbocharger (eVGT) is said to aid power-packed performance on any driving surfaces. The Low Friction Valve Train Architecture and an Advanced EGR (Exhaust Gas Recirculation) will deliver good fuel efficiency and they help in complying with stringent emission regulations.
The powertrain will be mated to either a six-speed manual or an optional six-speed Hyundai-sourced torque converter automatic transmission. The design cues are largely influenced by the H5X concept and the interior will come equipped with premium bits such as floating touchscreen and an assortment of driver assistive and safety features.