The long-awaited Tata Harrier 5-seater premium SUV will officially go on sale in India in the first quarter of 2019, most probably in January. The company has officially revealed the production-ready model. Bookings for the SUV have already been commenced at a token amount of Rs 30,000. Tata is also working on the 7-seater derivative of the Harrier, codenamed H7X. This model is likely to debut at the 2020 Delhi Auto Expo.
A latest media report claims that the company could develop a performance oriented version of the Harrier. Likely to be called the Tata Harrier JTP, the 5-seater performance-oriented model could be launched in 2020. It is expected that the SUV gets the JLR's Ingenium engines. These engines are very expensive for the segment Tata Motors wants to position the Harrier. However, the performance version of the Harrier could sport the British-engineered motor.
The report further suggests that Tata Motors originally planned to feature JLR's Ingenium engines in India in the Tata Safari Storme, Tata Hexa and Tata Harrier. The entire projected volume for this range was around 1 lakh, which seemed unrealistic. While local development of this engine for small volume wasn't feasible, the importing this engine will increase the cost of products.
While Tata had scrapped the JLR's Ingenium engine for its SUV range, the company has started looking for another solution and finally opted for FCA's tried & tested 2.0-litre MJD diesel engine. The company has sourced the 2.0L turbo-diesel engine, which detuned to power the Harrier. This engine now produces 140PS of power and 350Nm of torque. The 7-seater Harrier model is expected to receive the more powerful derivative of this engine, which could develop around 170PS and 350Nm of torque. The report claims that the Harrier JTP model could use the JLR's 2.0-litre Ingenium diesel engine that produces 240PS of power.
The Tata Harrier is built on new OMEGA ARC modular platform, which is based on Land Rover's D8 architecture. This engine is designed and developed by Tata and JLR engineers. The SUV also mark the debut of Tata's new IMPACT 2.0 Design philosophy. It is equipped with segment-best 8.8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto & Apple CarPlay, 320W RMS JBL audio system with 9 speakers, and a 7-inch colored TFT screen for instrument console.
The Tata Harrier is packed with a range of safety and security features like 6 airbags, advanced electronic stability program, ABS with EBD, corner stability control, off-road ABS, electronic traction control, electronic stability control, hill hold descent and hill hold control, roll over mitigation, hydraulic brake assist, fog lamp with cornering function, perimetric alarm system, reverse parking camera and driver & co-driver seat belt reminders.