The Tata Harrier SUV will be the lead car for the Mumbai Marathon to be held on the 20th of January, 2019. What this means is the SUV will be officially revealed to the world on or before the 20th of January, 2018, and a launch is expected to follow soon after.
The Harrier was first showcased to the world in its concept form as the H5X at the 2018 Indian Auto Expo. In less than a year from its concept reveal, the SUV will hit the Indian market, making it one of the fastest transitions for a Tata concept car, from concept to production. The Harrier will rival the likes of the Hyundai Creta and the Jeep Compass.
It’ll be Tata Motors’ flagship offering, sitting over the Hexa in terms of price and positioning. The SUV will be a five seater though, and will be front wheel driven across most variants. The top-end model will have an all wheel drive option.
Tata Motors has confirmed that the Harrier will be powered by a 2 litre Multijet turbocharged diesel engine sourced from Fiat. This engine is the same unit that does duty on the Compass, but on the Harrier, it’ll have a different state of tune – 140 Bhp-320 Nm. A 6 speed manual gearbox will be standard while a Hyundai-sourced 6 speed torque converter automatic gearbox will be offered as an option.
The Harrier is the first SUV from Tata Motors to have a major Land Rover connection, in that it’ll use the LS550 platform. This platform has been suitably modified for application in lower cost Tata SUVs, and is now called OMEGA. The Harrier is expected to be priced between Rs. 12-15 lakhs, and will have upmarket looks, interiors and a range of features.
Spyshots reveal that the SUV will have an interior design that’s similar to what the concept version featured. However, the production version of the SUV is likely to lose curves and opt for more straighter lines than the concept. The Tata Harrier will be followed by a longer, more expensive sibling with a 7 seat layout. The larger sibling will follow a year down the line. It’ll be priced a couple of lakh rupees higher, and is expected to be a low-cost alternative to the Toyota Fortuner.