Tata Harrier SUV takes lots of design cues from H5X concept and it is powered by FCA sourced diesel engine
Tata Motors is going to launch the new Harrier in January and the company has already revealed the model earlier this month. The Harrier is the production version of H5X concept showcased at the 2018 Auto Expo and the designers have carried over most of the elements from the concept model. The company is expected to price the model aggressively against competitors and here are the top 5 things you need to know about the Harrier.
1. Land Rover based Platform
The Harrier is based on new OMEGA modular platform from Tata Motors and it is based on the D8 platform of Land Rover Discovery Sport as both models share lots of components, which will keep cost down. But Tata Motors has used steel for the construction of Harrier instead of aluminium. The front suspension is the same unit from Discovery Sport but the rear suspension has been developed by Tata Motors for the Harrier.
2. Premium Interior
Tata Motors has given a completely new design theme for the interior and it is the best product from the company in terms of quality and finish. The company has given faux wood finish on the centre part of the dashboard and it goes well with the brown colour of the leather upholstery. The SUV comes with new three spoke multi-function steering wheel and a new design for the instrument cluster with a high resolution 7-inch screen.
3. Feature Packed
The company has packed the interior with lots of features like 8.8-inch touch screen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto (lower model get 7-inch screen), 9-speaker JBL audio system with four tweeter and a subwoofer, automatic projector headlamps, rain sensing wipers, reverse camera, electrically adjustable driver seat, keyless entry, push button start, electronically controlled exterior mirrors and more.
4. New Diesel Engine with Drive Modes
Tata Motors has sourced the diesel engine for Harrier from FCA and it is powered by 2.0 L Krotec unit, which is same one available on Jeep Compass but the output is different as the engine has been tuned to produce 140 hp of power and 350 Nm of torque. This engine is mated to a 6-speed gearbox and the Harrier comes with different drive modes like Normal, Rough and Wet.
5. Lots of Safety Features
The company has focused a lot on safety and the Harrier comes with six airbags, ABS, EBD, Corner Stability Control, Roll-Over Mitigation, Electronic Stability Program (ESP), ISOFIX points, Hill Hold Assist, Hill Descent Control and Electronic Traction Control. The body shell of Harrier is also made from high strength steel.