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Tata Harrier put through its paces at NATRAX proving grounds

October 25, 2018, 05:05 PM IST by Bilal Ahmed Firfiray
Tata Harrier put through its paces at NATRAX proving grounds

-    Tata Harrier will be launched early 2019 following a reveal later this year.

-    The newest testing video showcases the SUV undergoing – double lane change test and fish hook test at the NATRAX testing facility. 

-    Bookings already open for Rs 30,000.

Tata Motors is gearing up for the debut of the all-new Harrier in the country. The most anticipated SUV from the Indian carmaker will be arriving early next year and we have been seeing it in either teaser or in spied images. Another teaser video from Tata has showcased the Harrier undergoing dynamic testing at the NATRAX test track situated in Indore, Madhya Pradesh.

The NATRAX (National Automotive Test Tracks) is Asia’s largest testing facility with proving grounds for comprehensive testing and evaluation of all type of vehicles. The Harrier is shown undergoing two vital tests at the test track which aims to prove the vehicles' capability to deal with real-world situations. The first test shown in the teaser video is a double lane change test. It is a step-up over single lane change test, avoiding the obstacle not once but twice. The second test was a fish hook test, which is a panic manoeuvre test. In this, multiple inputs are given to the steering to evaluate the car’s ability to maintain its composure. In this test, the car shouldn’t lose grip and should not roll over. 

Earlier this month, Tata teased the Harrier undergoing water wading tests. Although no official test data such as the height of water was revealed, we guess that the Tata SUV will be a capable one owing to its new platform. And the carmaker is going great distances testing it to make sure it is as dynamic as possible. 

What we know so far about the Harrier is that it will be based on the new OMEGA (Optimal Modular Efficient Global Advanced) Platform derived from Land Rover D8 architecture. Judging by its H5X Concept and the test mules, we know the Harrier will be a good looking Tata underlined by the Impact 2.0 design philosophy. 

Under the hood will be the 2.0-litre KRYOTEC diesel engine. This motor will also comply with future emissions norms. The power output would be around 170bhp with a six-speed manual along with an automatic transmission as an option. The cabin will be feature loaded with all the bells and whistles expected from the modern-day Tata. 

The Harrier might be positioned between the Creta and the Compass in the Indian market. So the price tag could be between Rs 15-20 lakhs. More details will be revealed in the months to come, so keep watching this space.

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