Tata Motors is gearing up for its most-anticipated SUV offering, the Tata Harrier SUV for the Indian market. The company has been dropping a lot of details in bits from the past few months for the SUV, where recently the first SUV rolled out from its production line and also made its official unveil. The model made its first appearance at the 2018 Auto Expo. Tata Harrier’s launch is expected in early January 2019, followed by its deliveries to commence in the second half of the same month. The new SUV will pounce with the likes of the Hyundai Creta, Jeep Compass, Mahindra XUV500 and the likes. Here are the top things that you need to know about the upcoming Tata Harrier SUV.
Tata Harrier Exterior
As promised by Tata’s Head of Design, Pratap Bose, the Harrier SUV dons 85% looks of the concept version – H5X, though the styling bits have been altered down to meet a real-time appearance, compared to the latter. The Tata Harrier exterior boasts of a sleek line of LED units and a Piano Black glossy grille with a design that you have never seen before in any of the Tata’s product range, and this is quite evident from the Tata Harrier images flooding on the Internet. To be the first model based on company’s Impact Design 2.0 philosophy, the SUV’s headlamps and fog lamps have been placed at an appropriate height on the bumper that also gives a hint of ‘tri-arrow’ pattern has been used as a part of the package. The lower side of the front gets a larger honeycomb pattern grille with diffuser underneath.
Coming to the side profile, the bulging wheel arches with plastic cladding, running all the way to the rear end. The rear end is no less when it comes to the styling of Harrier SUV; the taillamp gets a petal-like design that further conjoins through a blacked strip.
Overall, the new SUV gets a bold and muscular design up front with its high-mounted grille and LED, and the proportioned curves and arches add more to the sense of ruggedness that an SUV speaks of. The rear not only adds more charm to the design but also lets one forget of the bulkiness of the model. Though there are no details out as to the set of alloys it will ride on, we expect it to come with 17- or 18-inch alloy wheels.
Tata Harrier Engine
Powering the Tata Harrier SUV is a Fiat-sourced 4-cylinder, 2.0-litre diesel engine that also serves the Jeep Compass. Though this one has been tuned down to 140bhp, as compared to Compass’s 170bhp. To be introduced in a five-seater configuration, the homegrown car maker will later come with a seven-seater offering that will be powered by the same engine tuned to make 170bhp. Tata Motors calls this engine - 'Kryotec', inspired by the cryogenic rocket engine, which is well known for its performance and reliability. Transmission duties are taken care by a 6-speed manual transmission as standard and a Hyundai-sourced 6-speed automatic as an option available for higher variants.
Based on Land Rover Platform
This monocoque SUV is built on the new ‘Optimal Modular Efficient Global Advanced’ Architecture, also known as Omega Arc, which has been derived from Land Rover D8 architecture. With this platform, Tata is aiming to give the model high torsional and bending rigidity, and good driving dynamics as well. The company will also pack the Tata Harrier with many features such as ESP, terrain response system, drive modes and all-wheel-drive system on the higher variants. The car will ride on independent suspension on all four wheels, which means that the SUV will also have good off-road capabilities.
Tata Harrier Interior
Tata Motors has not yet revealed any details about the interior of the model, but we can expect it to be fitted with premium materials and many goodies for the buyers. The recent Tata Harrier interior spy shots revealed that the car will come equipped with a dual-tone dashboard, touchscreen infotainment system, steering-mounted controls, electrically adjustable front seats with memory function, armrest for the front as well as the rear seats, dual-tone dashboard and push-button start. Rear AC vents and a sunroof should be a part of the package too.
Tata Harrier Price and Bookings
As an offering from the house of Tata Motors, the Tata Harrier on road price in India is expected to start from Rs. 16 lakh for the base version and will go up to Rs. 21 lakh for the top-of-the-line variant. Tata Harrier pre-booking has started at a refundable amount of Rs. 30,000 at any authorized Tata dealership or online.