Tata Motors is all set to launch the Harrier SUV early next year. The Harrier will be the first Tata vehicle to be based on the Land Rover LS550 platform, which has been suitably Indianised and is now called the OMEGA platform. The Tata Harrier was first showcased to the world as the H5X concept at the 2018 Indian Auto Expo. The production version of this SUV concept is expected to retain much of the design cues with minor changes made to suit serial production. CarToq’s ace rendering artist has come up with a speculative render of the Tata Harrier. This is what the production version could look like.
As the render reveals, the Tata Harrier will lose some of the curvier bits that the H5X SUV concept showcased on its flanks. Up front, the headlamps will take a more conventional position just below the hood with the fog lamps and daytime running LEDs moving to the bumper.
The Tata Harrier will get a honeycomb front grille with the Tata badge sitting right in the middle of it. The window line of the SUV will have an ascending line, giving the Tata Harrier a Range Rover Evoque-like profile. Come to think of it, the Tata Harrier could well be the poor man’s Range Rover Evoque, once it hits the market. There’s a contrast roof that also adds to this effect.
The Harrier will have a monocoque body, and Tata Motors has hinted that both the front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive variants will be on sale in the Indian market. The 2-litre Fiat Multijet turbocharged diesel will be borrowed from the Jeep Compass but on the Tata Harrier this motor will make 140 Bhp-320 Nm.
A 6-speed manual gearbox will be standard and it’s not known if Tata Motors will also borrow the 9-speed torque converter automatic gearbox from the Compass. The Tata Harrier will be the automaker’s flagship vehicle, and will sit above the Hexa in terms of price and positioning. It will go into production by the end of 2018.
Want more? Here is our first look review of the Tata Harrier