- The Harrier is in its final stages of development and will break cover early 2019.
- The SUV is underpinned by new OMEGA platform which is based on the potent Land Rover D8 architecture.
- Apart from being stylish, the Harrier might also be a capable SUV.
Tata is gearing up for their next big reveal – the Harrier – which will happen early next year. Ahead of that, we expect several teaser and spy shot appearances of the SUV. First of these is a small teaser video where the Harrier was shown undergoing water wading tests.
Even though Tata hasn’t revealed any official test data such as the height of water which the Harrier waded through, we guess the SUV will be capable one owing to its new platform. The OMEGA (Optimal Modular Efficient Global Advanced) Platform has been derived from Land Rover D8 architecture which underpins the Discovery. According to Tata Motors, the new platform has exemplary driving dynamics in both urban and rough driving conditions owing to the optimised torsional and bending stiffness.
First showcased at the 2018 Auto Expo as an H5X Concept, the Harrier has been spotted in the production-ready body lately. And judging by the Concept and the test mules, we know the Harrier will be a good looking Tata based on the Impact 2.0 design philosophy. The bold design will be combined with prominent wheel arches, sleeker headlamps, floating roof and a thoroughly modern styling.
Under the hood will be the 2.0-litre Multijet diesel engine sourced from Fiat that also powers the Jeep Compass. While it makes over 170bhp of power in the Compass, we think Tata might offer a slightly detuned version. Along with a six-speed manual gearbox, Tata will certainly offer an automatic option to cater to the increasing popularity of the two-pedal setup. 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 12-18 lakhs. More details will be revealed in the months to come, so keep watching this space.