Tata Motors is gearing every day by teasing for its most awaited product, Harrier SUV. We also informed that the homegrown car manufacturer also revealed the face of the first production version of the SUV as soon as it came off the assembly line. Tata Harrier SUV is scheduled to make its launch in the early January 2019. Now some details have surfaced online about the new model. The new SUV would not get an all-wheel-drive system and the dimensions of the model. Tata Harrier SUV is expected to be offered in a range of Rs 16 lakh to Rs 21 lakh (on-road price).
Speaking of the AWD system, the company says that packing the Fiat engine with this setup would ask for major modification that would cost high and compared to the low demand of the all-wheel-drive SUV. So, as of now, Tata Motors is not planning to introduce an all-wheel-drive variant of the model.
Dimensionally, the new 5-seater Harrier SUV measures 4,598mm in length, 1,894mm in width, stands 1,714mm tall along with a wheelbase of 2,741mm. It is based on the Omega Arc platform, derived from L550 platform, which is the same that also underpins the Discovery Sport that clearly gives hints that the new SUV would make use of Discovery Sport’s spares. Tata’s design head confirmed that the production version would be 85 per cent identical to the H5X concept and stayed true to it.
In terms of features, expect it boast of premium upholstery, 8.8-inch infotainment system with Android Auto, MirrorLink, Apple CarPlay connectivity, sourced by Visteon that also caters many other models such as Range Rover Velar’s instrument cluster and also on the Mazda CX-9 SUV. It would also get wooden finishing, leather-wrapped steering wheel and also expect minimal use of buttons.
Mechanically, Tata Harrier SUV would draw its power from a Fiat-sourced 2.0-litre KRYOTEC diesel engine and is the same engine that also powers the Jeep Compass, but in the Harrier, it will be offered with lower state of tune. The turbo-diesel engine will belt out around 140bhp of maximum power with 350Nm of top torque, whereas the transmission duties will be carried out by a 6-speed manual gearbox as standard, while at the later stages, we can expect it to be offered with a Hyundai sourced 6-speed automatic gearbox. Riding on a front-wheel-drive setup, the Harrier will also with Land Rover-like Terrain Response control knob with multiple modes that was recently teased by Tata in a video. This means the car will stay true to its SUV capabilities as well.