The Tata Harrier is the most awaited upcoming vehicle in India right now. The 5 seater SUV has been garnering all the attention thanks to its striking, close to concept design and feature rich interiors. Now Tata has revealed that the Harrier will be showcased on 3rd of December, 2018 before its final launch in early January.
This will be a media drive and the company is looking forward to boast off their most worked upon vehicles till date. There will also be a 7 seater version of the Harrier, dubbed as H7X for now, but that is still a long time away. Down below is the first real world picture of the Harrier on our roads, sans camouflage.
The Harrier seen above is done in orange shade with black lower body cladding. This is the primary colour of the SUV as the H5X concept was also showcased in the same shade at the Delhi Auto Expo 2018. Tata has retained nearly 80% of the design from the concept which results in a stunning looking SUV. The front fascia is also quite different with the unique placement of the LED DRLs and the headlights.
As for the interiors, the Harrier will get many class leading features that are being regularly teased by the company in various videos. It will get twin digital screen, one as infotainment screen and other one in the instrument binnacle. The audio system has been provided by JBL and will most probably be a 10 speaker system. Cooled under arm-rest storage and puddle lamps are other unique feature the car will come with. Though the Harrier is a 5 seater vehicle, there will be no lack of space in the cabin as well as the boot as it will be the largest SUV in its segment.
The Harrier will be powered by a 2.0 litre engine sourced from Fiat. Dubbed as the KRYOTECH engine, It is expected to produce around 140 Bhp of power along with 320 Nm of torque. This is the same unit that does duty on the Jeep Compass, albeit with different power outputs. Tata Motors have also equipped the Harrier with a Land Rover inspired ESP Terrain Response System along with hill descent function. As for the transmission options, there will a 6-speed manual gearbox at the time of launch which will be later joined by a 6-speed torque converter automatic gearboxes. The automatic gearbox will b sourced from Hyundai.
The Harrier has nearly completed its testing phase and the final production version is ready. We expect the pricing to be in the range of 16-21 lakhs and the launching to expect by the end of December, 2018. It will rival the likes of Mahindra XUV500, Hyundai Creta and the Jeep Compass upon being launched. Tata Motors is said to be planning a petrol-hybrid and all wheel drive version of the Harrier for launch in future. However, these variants will not be available at the time of launch. For now, expect the SUV only in a front wheel drive layout and diesel-manual trim.