Tata Motors will launch the much-anticipated Tata Harrier 5-seater premium SUV in the Indian market on January 23, 2019. The company is also working on a 7-seater version of the Harrier, which is codenamed H7X. For people not in the know, the Harrier SUV is based on the new OMEGA (Optimal Modular Efficient Gloabl Architecture) platform, which is derived from the Land Rover's D8 architecture. The H7X will be the brand's second product to be based on this platform.
Tata Motors has confirmed that the bigger and more powerful Tata H7X 7-seater SUV will be launched in the Indian market this year. Speaking to AutoCarIndia, Guenter Butschek, CEO & MD, Tata Motors, has said that the H7X will be a part of “firework of launches in the calendar year 2019”.
Tata Motors will increase the length of the Tata Harrier to accommodate third row of seats for two occupants. The H7X will be 62mm longer than the Harrier, which makes it 4,660mm long. While the length will be changed, the Harrier & H7X will continue to have the same 2741mm of wheelbase. The SUV will have different style than the Harrier, though most of the design panels will be shared with the 5-seater model. It is expected to have a slightly revised C-pillar design and is likely to have a larger glass area to add airier feel for third-row.
The report further claims that the Tata H7X 7-seater SUV will carry a different nameplate to distinguish the bigger SUV from the 5-seater version. Moreover, the H7X will be powered by a more powerful, BS-VI compliant version of the Harrier's 2.0-litre Kryotec diesel engine. While powering the Harrier, this engine produces 138bhp of maximum power and 350Nm of torque. On the other hand, this engine will be tuned for H7X and will churns out about 170bhp of maximum power and 350Nm of torque. It is basically the Fiat's 2.0-litre MJD II diesel engine that currently powers the Jeep Compass. Transmission options will include a 6-speed manual and a Hyundai-sourced 6-speed torque convertor automatic gearbox. The automatic gearbox will also be offered on the Harrier in future. The 7-seater model could also receive an all-wheel-drive system.
The Tata H7X will be positioned above the Harrier, and is likely to be priced in the range of Rs 18 lakh - Rs 25 lakh. The SUV will challenge the likes of Mahindra XUV500, Toyota Fortuner and Isuzu MU-X. On the flip side, the Harrier will be priced in the range of Rs 13 lakh - Rs 18 lakh and will challenge the Jeep Compass, Hyundai Creta and others.