More details have emerged on Tata’s Optimal Modular Efficient Global Advanced (OMEGA) platform that will underpin the upcoming Harrier SUV. For those not in the know, the OMEGA platform is a derivative of Land Rover’s D8 architecture. It features similar wheelbase, seating, front suspension, door apertures and steering positions. According to company claims, the monocoque is built from lightweight and high tensile materials that provides better torsional and bending stiffness, tailored for the Indian driving conditions.
This will enable the SUV to deliver impressive off-road performance as well. It is also said that Tata might replace the aluminium bits in the D8 platform with low cost materials. It is expected that the OMEGA platform will also be used in Tata’s upcoming 7-seater SUV, the H7X. To curb the noise in the upcoming Harrier, Tata will use auxiliary isolation panels in the SUV which is mostly used in some of the expensive cars.
On the aesthetic front, the Tata Harrier will be built on company’s new IMPACT Design 2.0 design tenet. At front, it will get stacked headlamp cluster with slim LED daytime running lights and a V-shaped front grille. The sides of the SUV, as seen in the images, feature a high shoulder line and flared wheel arches. Round the back, there are wrap-around tail-lamps.
Insides of the Tata Harrier will come packed with a host of comfort and connectivity features such as a 3-spoke steering wheel, a floating touchscreen infotainment system and a digital instrument cluster with an analogue speedometer. While on the safety front, it will get dual front airbags, ABS, ISOFIX child seat mounts, reverse parking sensors and seat belt indicator.
Under the hood, the SUV will get a 2.0-litre Fiat Multijet turbocharged diesel engine good for 140 bhp against 320 Nm torque. This engine will come paired to a six-speed manual unit and there could be a 6-speed torque converter automatic unit sourced from Hyundai. While Tata will introduce the model in diesel version initially, a petrol engine could be added at a later stage.