There’s no doubt in the fact that the Tata Harrier has got the attractive looks. Designed on the lines of IMPACT Design 2.0 philosophy, the Tata Harrier is one the best looking affordable SUV. With its unique DRLs and headlamp positioning, the Harrier can turn an uncountable number of heads on the road. Here is what it would look like if a drop-top version of the vehicle is launched in the market.
The imaginative rendering has been done by NM Tunes on YouTube. The video shows that nothing much has been altered in the vehicle. The roof and the D-Pillar of the vehicle have been removed while the front glass has been treated with more tint. Other changes include a more aggressive skid guard from the concept version H5X and the alloy wheel design from the concept H5X too. The headlamp units have been given a smoked effect too. The drop-top Harrier resembles to the convertible Range Rover Evoque, which is the only convertible SUV in the world at the moment.
The Tata Harrier is based on the Omega Arc platform, which has been derived from Jaguar Land Rover’s D8 platform. The platform which underpins the Land Rover Discovery Sport has been modified with high tensile steel and the aluminium parts have been removed to make it cost effective. The Harrier looks quite intimidating on the roads even with the roof intact but in the convertible version, it looks extremely eye-catchy.
The Tata Harrier will be launched on 23rd January and is expected to get a price tag of around Rs. 12 lakhs. It will take on the likes of Hyundai Creta, Mahindra XUV 500 and even the Jeep Compass in the market. The Harrier comes with a few segment-first features that will divert a lot of customers towards the SUV. To start with, the Harrier gets terrain response system inspired by the ones we see on the Land Rover vehicles. The Harrier is not a 4WD vehicle and there are very slim chances of Tata launching the 4WD version of the Harrier in future. Instead, they developed the Terrain Response System which has various modes in it. The FWD Tata Harrier becomes quite capable when the different modes are engaged but it remains way less capable than any other 4WD vehicle.
The all-new Tata Harrier draws power from a 2.0-litre Multijet diesel engine that also powers the Jeep Compass. It generates a maximum power of 140 Bhp and a peak torque of 350 Nm. It will only get a 6-speed manual transmission at the time of the launch but Tata is expected to add a 6-speed automatic transmission to the Harrier in the coming times.
Tata is also working to launch a long wheelbase version of the Harrier, which has been codenamed as H7X. It will be a 7-seater vehicle and will be powered by the same engine as the Harrier. Tata also plans to launch the production version of the 45X hatchback to take on the likes of Maruti Suzuki Baleno and Hyundai Elite i20.
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