A few days ago, information about a new name for the Tata H5X code-named compact SUV surfaced. Harrier was the name that the Tata H5X’s production version would use, said an online report. Amid all this, Tata Motors has just put out a teaser, showing a brief glimpse of what the front-end of the H5X SUV would look like. Through the teaser, Tata Motors has also confirmed that the H5X SUV’s production version would indeed get a new name, and that the name would be revealed tomorrow. It’s likely to be Harrier, but until Tata Motors officially confirms it tomorrow, we can’t really be sure about what the H5X will be known as.
Meanwhile, plans for the SUV’s production are already in full swing and Tata Motors is all set to expand production at its Pune factory to accommodate the new vehicle. First shown at the 2018 Auto Expo, the H5X codenamed concept SUV wowed show-goers, who were also pleased to know that much of the concept will translate into production. So, the final version of the H5X/Harrier is expected to look very similar to the concept version, and this is a very good thing considering how gorgeous the concept version looked like. The SUV will be based on the Land Rover LS550 platform, but the platform will be localized heavily to keep costs low.
The Tata H5X’s production version is expected to use the 2 litre turbocharged Fiat Multijet diesel engine in 140 Bhp – 320 Nm state of tune. A 6 speed manual gearbox and a front wheel drive layout will be standard, and an all-wheel drive variant may also be on offer. The SUV will be a five seater and rumours suggest that it would be positioned above the Hexa in terms of pricing. What this also means is that the Tata H5X SUV could be a direct rival to the Jeep Compass and an indirect challenger to the likes of the Hyundai Creta and the Mahindra XUV500. Watch this space for the name reveal.