Tata Motors is days away from unveiling the 2020 Harrier SUV, which will get Bharat Stage 6 (BS6) emission norms compliant, and a host of other updates that make it a lot more desirable. Chief among the changes is a big bump in power from the 2 liter-4 cylinder Fiat-sourced Multijet turbodiesel engine, which will make 170 Bhp-350 Nm in the BS6 Harrier. This is a full 30 Bhp jump in peak horsepower, and is expected to make the Harrier a lot more quicker. Tata Motors has just released a teaser, highlighting the additional power that the Harrier will soon get.
This step up in power will also put the Harrier at par with its chief competitor – the MG Hector, which also happens to use the same diesel motor, in the very same state of tune. MG Motor will also be launching the BS6 Hector Diesel at the Auto Expo. Another key mechanical change on the Harrier is the addition of a Hyundai-sourced automatic gearbox option.
The 6 speed torque converter automatic gearbox will be offered with the 2 liter diesel engine, and is expected to be pricier than the equivalent manual gearbox equipped version of the SUV by about Rs. 1 lakh. The diesel automatic option is expected to make the Harrier a lot more appealing to SUV buyers in India, who are now buying a lot of automatic variants.
Aimed at convenience and a stress free drive in both city and highway traffic, the automatic variants of the Harrier are likely to boost sales. Notably, the same engine and gearboxes will also be offered on the Gravitas, a 6 seat SUV that’s based on the Harrier but with a bunch of cosmetic and feature changes. The Tata Gravitas will be positioned above the Harrier in terms of pricing, and is meant for those who need the additional seating capacity. The Gravitas will be launched at the 2020 Auto Expo.
Coming back to the 2020 Tata Harrier, the SUV will also get a feature boost. An electric sunroof is one such feature that Tata will add on the BS6 version. Another key feature addition is that of electric adjustability of the driver’s seat. Both these features will make the 2020 Harrier a more rounded product. A few other features could be added to the SUV, and will be known shortly, for the Auto Expo is just a couple of days away. The BS6 version of the Harrier, with the more powerful diesel engine and the new feature set is expected to get pricier than the BS4 variants by Rs. 50,000 to 1.5 lakh, depending on the variant chosen.