- The all-new Tata Harrier will take on the streets in the first quarter of 2019.
- The Harrier Concept was showcased at the 2018 Auto Expo.
- It will be based on a new platform and will flaunt Tata’s new design language
Tata Motors confirmed the name Harrier for its H5X SUV Concept showcased at the Auto Expo 2018. Tata has announced that it will go into production in the first quarter of 2019. We hoped the production version of the new Tata SUV will retain its design cues, and the latest spied images of the Harrier confirms concept-like headlights.
The Harrier was spotted testing on many occasions before, however, the test mule had rudimentary circular headlights sticking out of the body. Now, the prototype spotted in Pune had a near production-ready body with headlights that seem to retain the futuristic design of the H5X Concept. We know that the Harrier will employ the Impact 2.0 design philosophy which debuted with the Tiago. The SUV will have a high bonnet and a slightly sloping roof-line along with the elongated tail lamps. The profile will have flared wheel arches and we expect the wheels to be no smaller than 18 inches.
Tata will use a new OMEGA (Optimal Modular Efficient Global Advanced) platform for the Harrier. This platform has been derived from the Land Rover D8 architecture which underpins the Discovery Sport. This platform is highly capable both on and off-road.
Being Tata’s newest product, we expect the Harrier to come loaded with features. So there should be automatic climate control, electric seats and mirrors, cruise control, touch-screen infotainment etc. inside the Harrier’s cabin and we might also see the debut of a sunroof.
Under the hood will be a 2.0-litre Multijet diesel engine 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 Indian carmaker will position the Harrier between the Nexon and the Hexa. The pricing might start around Rs 10 lakhs, and it will rival the likes of the Hyundai Creta, Renault Duster, and the Jeep Compass along with competitors like the Mahindra Scorpio.