Tata Motors has just revealed that the H5X code-named SUV will be called the Harrier. The Tata Harrier will be put into production by the end of this year, and will be officially unveiled by November 2018. Official sales will commence only next year though, by March 2019. For now, Tata Motors has revealed a brand new video that shows what the Harrier (H5X) will offer. Here is the video.
The Tata Harrier (H5X) will use a new OMEGA platform, which is actually a re-engineered LS550 platform that Tata Motors has borrowed from Land Rover. This monocoque platform has been Indianised suitably to make it more accessible to buyers, and this is how Tata Motors will be able to price the Harrier SUV at under Rs. 15 lakhs. The Harrier will be Tata Motors’ new flagship SUV, and will sit above the Hexa in terms of pricing.
The 5-seat SUV will compete with the Mahindra XUV500, the Jeep Compass and higher variants of the Hyundai Creta. The SUV will borrow the 2-litre fiat Multijet turbocharged diesel engine from the Jeep Compass, but in a lower state of tune – 140 Bhp-320 Nm. A 6-speed manual gearbox will be standard and so will a front-wheel drive layout. Tata Motors could add a 9-speed automatic gearbox option also. An all-wheel drive layout will also be offered as an option.
Tata Motors has styled the Harrier very aggressively, as shown by the concept version that was revealed at the 2018 Indian Auto Expo. The production version will retain most design cues that the concept showcased, and with that, the Harrier promises to be the sharpest designed SUV ever sold by an Indian automaker. The Harrier will be followed by a longer, 7-seat sibing in about a year after its launch. To learn more about the Harrier, click on our feature story here.