Tata Motors will not just launch the Harrier SUV in 2019, but also a 7 seat version of the Harrier that’s code-named the H7X. The 7 seat variant of the Harrier, which will be 62 mm longer but with the same 2,741 mm wheelbase, has been spied testing both in India and on international roads. The SUV will also be pricier and will sit above the Harrier in terms on positioning. According to ACI, this information comes from Guenter Butschek, the CEO of Tata Motors.
The Tata Harrier-based H7X SUV will also be more powerful given its bigger bulk and the extra set of passengers it needs to carry. The 2 liter Fiat Multijet engine – which Tata Motors calls Kryotec – will be offered in 170 Bhp-350 Nm state of tune. A 6 speed manual gearbox will be standard, driving the front wheels of the SUV, while a Hyundai- sourced 6 speed automatic gearbox will be offered as an option.
The 7 seat Tata H7X will have styling that’s different from that of the Harrier. Like the Tata Harrier, the H7X will use the OMEGA platform – an Indianized version of the Land Rover D8 platform. The three rows of seats will make the H7X Tata Motors’ first monocoque 7 seat SUV given the fact that both the Tata Safari Storme and Hexa are 7 seat SUVs based on ladder frame chassis’. An all wheel drive layout is unlikely even on the Tata H7X.
The launch of the 7 seat version of the Harrier is strategic. Tata Motors has two ageing SUVs in the form of the Safari Storme and the Hexa, even as the market is rapidly moving towards lighter, monocoque SUVs, even in the 7 seat segments. By bringing in the H7X/7 seat Harrier, Tata Motors will have both 5 and 7 seat SUVs in the sub-Rs. 20 lakh segment. In essence, it’ll be future ready as the new Hyundai Creta with 7 seats, and the all-new Mahindra XUV500 are set to make their debuts in 2020.
The Tata Harrier is all set to launch in India on the 23rd of January 2019, and bookings are already open at all Tata dealerships across the country. The H7X, on the other hand, is expected to arrive sometime close to the festive season – or by the end of this year. It’ll be Tata Motors’ second major SUV launch in the year, and this is something that has never happened in the past.
2019 will be a big year for Tata Motors not just because of the Harrier and H7X launches. The automaker will also launch the production version of the 45X code-named premium hatchback, which was first showcased alongside the Harrier at the 2018 Indian Auto Expo. The Tata 45X hatchback will take on the likes of the Maruti Baleno and the Hyundai Elite i20, and is expected to undercut both cars. It’s likely to pack in 1.2 liter turbocharged petrol and 1.5 liter turbocharged diesel engines. While manual gearboxes will be standard, there’s talk of a twin clutch AMT option as well.