The Tata Harrier, aka the H5X, is easily among the most awaited premium SUVs of recent times. The Harrier will not only become the flagship product from Tata Motors, but is also expected to be a world-class offering owing to its Land Rover roots. Actually, the Tata Harrier and the Range Rover Evoque have a lot in common. Don’t believe us? Read on.
The Harrier will be underpinned by the new ‘Optimal Modular Efficient Global Advanced (OMEGA)’ platform, which is, in turn, a modified version of the LS550 platform of Jaguar Land Rover. Of course, the Harrier will cost a lot lesser than the Range Rover Evoque. However, thanks to the tried-and-tested platform, the upcoming flagship will be Tata’s best SUV to date. Akin to the Evoque, the Harrier will be quite capable off the road.
The Harrier seems to have borrowed enough design cues from the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque. Recently, Tata Motors officially teased its upcoming SUV. Going by these teasers, the production-spec H5X will have sleek LED headlamps and LED tail-lights. Also, akin to the Evoque, the Harrier will have a slightly coupe-ish profile. Pratap Bose, Head of Design, Tata Motors, has said that the Harrier will look at least 80% like the H5X concept, which means that the design of the production-spec Harrier, like its concept, will have some similarities with the Evoque.
Akin to the Land Rover Evoque, the Harrier will offer a Terrain Response System. This should make the Harrier sufficiently capable off the road. We’re not sure if the Terrain Response System for the Harrier will be the same as the one used by the Evoque. However, what we do know is that even the Harrier will offer several pre-set modes that will make the upcoming flagship quite capable on varied terrains.
The Harrier will be almost as big as the Evoque. While the exact dimensions of the production-spec H5X are yet to be revealed, the Harrier will pretty much offer similar dimensions. Also, the Harrier will give birth to a 7-seater version, which is likely to get a more powerful version of the Fiat-sourced oil-burner.
Developed in the UK
Another connection that the two SUVs have is that they both have been developed in the UK. Actually, the Tata Harrier is being developed in collaboration with Jaguar Land Rover, which is a British car marque that’s now owned by Tata Motors.