Tata Motors launched the all-new Harrier in the Indian market last year. Earlier this year, Tata launched the new version of the Harrier earlier this year with a BS6 compliant diesel engine that offers 170 PS of maximum power. This new version of the Harrier is more powerful than the previous version. Now Tata is working on a petrol version of the Harrier, which will be launched later this year.
According to ACI, Tata is working on the new petrol version of the Harrier, that will be powered by a 1.5-litre, direct-injection turbocharged petrol engine. Tata is expected to launch the petrol variant of the Harrier before the festive season in India that starts at around September.
It will be an all-new engine that is based on the 1.2-litre Revotron turbocharged engine that powers the likes of Nexon, Tiago JTP and Tigor JTP in India. The 1.2-litre versi0n of the engine is a three-cylinder engine option and Tata is developing the four-cylinder version of the engine that will add extra power. The new engine is likely to produce around a maximum power of 150 PS of maximum power.
Tata will launch the new petrol-powered Harrier to attract the new breed of buyers and it will also bring down the price of the Harrier by a good amount. The segment sees strong demand for petrol SUVs and all the rivals including the newly launched MG Hector offer a petrol version of the car. In fact, out of 19,060 units of Hector sold since its launch in July 2019 to January 2020, more than 50% of the units sold in the market are petrol engine powered. This shows that the market still goes for petrol SUVs in the segment.
With the BS6 update earlier this year, Tata also introduced the automatic version of the vehicle. There is also a strong demand for the automatic version of the vehicles in the Indian market. With the introduction of the new automatic variant, the overall sales of the Harrier are expected to rise. Since January 2019, when Tata launched Harrier, the average sales per month is about 1,200 units. With the introduction of the diesel-automatic and petrol variants of the SUV, the sales are expected to rise in the market.
The biggest rival of the Tata Harrier – the MG Hector launched last year and comes powered by the same 2.0-litre diesel engine that powers the Harrier. Moreover, MG also offers a 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine that produces a maximum power of 143 PS and peak torque of 250 Nm. Mahindra will also launch their all-new XUV500 with an optional petrol engine that will generate a maximum power of 190 PS and 380 Nm.