- The new Omega platform is based on Land Rover’s D8 architecture.
- The platform employs high strength steel with efficiently designed crumple zone.
- The Harrier will be revealed in October with the official launch early next year.
Tata showcased the gorgeous-looking H5X Concept at the 2018 Auto Expo and in July, it was christened, the Harrier. Ahead of its official reveal, the Mumbai-based carmaker is expected to drop a lot of teasers highlighting its flagship SUV. The first of these teaser videos gives us a little insight into the new Omega platform.
The newly-developed Omega (Optimal Modular Efficient Global Advanced) platform is derived from Land Rover’s D8 architecture and is jointly developed with JLR. According to Tata Motors, the new platform has exemplary driving dynamics in both urban and rough driving conditions owing to the optimized torsional and bending stiffness. Moreover, the auxiliary isolation panels on the body will lend the Harrier a quieter cabin. In terms of safety, the crumple zone is designed to meet modern requirements and there is extensive use of high strength steel.
Appearance wise, the Impact Design 2.0 philosophy will inspire the styling of the Harrier. The bold design will be combined with prominent wheel arches, sleeker headlamps, floating roof and a thoroughly modern styling. We expect the Harrier to be a looker since it will retain the cues from its concept. 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 whistle expected from Tata.
The Harrier will 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.