In the latest video showing the Tata Harrier being put through challenging tests, Tata Motors says that the upcoming SUV will offer best-in-class ride and handling. Here is the video that shows the Harrier being put through the double lane change and fish hook test at the NATRAX test track.
Both these maneuvers test the dynamic performance of the Tata Harrier, and to clear these tests, the vehicle has to retain road grip and not roll over. As the video indicates, the Tata Harrier passes both these tests. In the real world, the SUV is expected to have a high degree of road grip and handling performance.
Bookings for the Harrier SUV are now open at all Tata dealerships across the country. The booking amount is pegged at Rs. 30,000, and the SUV will be launched in January 2019. Deliveries are expected to begin from February 2019. While Tata is yet to reveal prices of the Harrier, leaked prices indicate that it will be pegged between Rs. 15-20 lakhs.
As for positioning, the 5 seat Tata Harrier will sit in between the Hyundai Creta and the Jeep Compass. It’ll be a diesel-only SUV at the outset, with a 2 liter Fiat Multijet turbocharged diesel engine powering it. This motor is likely to get a 140 Bhp-320 Nm state of tune.
The Harrier will be sold with front wheel drive and all wheel drive options. There will be two gearboxes on offer – a 6 speed manual and a 6 speed torque converter automatic. In future, a petrol engine may be offered on the SUV but the exact timeline for this has not been revealed.
As for features, the Harrier is expected to pack in twin airbags and ABS as standard, a touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, multi-drive modes, leather seats, reverse parking sensors and camera, and automatic climate control. A larger, 7 seat sibling of the Harrier – dubbed the H7X – is in the works, for launch a year or two later.