The Tata Harrier SUV will go up against the Kia Tusker, Jeep Compass, and top-end Hyundai Creta models, it will be powered by the brand’s new 2.0-litre Kryotec diesel engine
Tata Motors has already started promoting the new Tata Harrier SUV with several teasers and small details of its upcoming flagship. The latest detail to have been revealed is that it will be powered by the brand’s 2.0-litre Kryotec four-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine. This will give it a clear advantage over the Hyundai Creta, which is propelled by a 1.6-litre turbocharged diesel engine.
It will be the first time that the manufacturer would use the new 2.0-litre Kryotec engine. Actually, ‘Kryotec’ is just fancy name given to the Fiat-sourced 2.0-litre Multijet II engine for marketing purposes. As is obvious Tata would not want to tell people about the engine’s roots, especially because the same engine also powers the Jeep Compass. Hence, for marketing purposes, it has been given a new name.
While the specifications of the Tata Harrier’s 2.0-litre turbo-diesel engine are yet to be revealed, it is believed that the motor would output a maximum power of 140 PS along with a peak torque of 300 Nm. It will come mated to a six-speed manual transmission as standard. A Hyundai-sourced 6-speed automatic transmission will be optional.
Commenting on the new 2.0-litre Kryotec engine for the Tata Harrier, the company has commented, “This engine has been tested extensively on Tata Harrier for endurance under harsh conditions and optimized for performance by pushing it to its extremes.”
As per the company, the Kryotec turbocharged diesel engine for the Tata Harrier has been tested for 22 lakh kilometres on 4 Poster simulators that mirror some of the worst possible terrains.
Underpinning the Tata Harrier will be the company’s new Omega platform. The latest architecture is based on the Land Rover’s D8 architecture, which has already underpinned more than 1 million SUVs sold globally. The Tata Harrier will launch in the first quarter of 2019 and could have a starting price of Rs 14 lakhs.