Indian carmaker Tata Motors will be launching its much-hyped Harrier SUV in January 2019. Now, a report by Autocar India is claiming that the seven-seat version of the Harrier will officially be unveiled at Auto Expo 2020. The seven-seater codenamed H7X is not expected to keep the Harrier (H5X) name when it hits the streets at the start of the next decade.
The H7X seven-seater SUV from Tata Motors is expected to share most of its parts with the smaller five-seater Harrier. The H7X will be the new flagship of the Tata Motors lineup for India and will make use of Tata’s OMEGA platform that underpins the Harrier. The OMEGA platform from Tata Motors is a derivative of the D8 architecture developed by the carmaker’s British subsidiary Jaguar Land Rover. Derivatives of the D8 platform are also used by the first-gen Range Rover Evoque and the Jaguar E-Pace.
The all-new Tata seven-seater SUV will also make use of the same 2.0-litre turbocharged diesel engine from Fiat that is used in the Jeep Compass. The diesel engine dubbed Kryotec by Tata Motors is expected to arrive in 140 hp BS-IV compliant guise in the Harrier.
However, under the hood of the seven-seater H7X, the Kryotec diesel will be compliant with BS-VI emission norms that also go into effect in 2020. The H7X’s engine is also expected to get a boost to around the 170 hp (the engine cranks out 171 Bhp in the Jeep Compass) mark when it arrives under the bonnet of the seven-seater SUV. The increase in power is expected to arrive in the Harrier when new BS-VI emission norms go into effect in April 2020. Like the Harrier, the H7X will use the same 6-speed manual and automatic transmission units with the latter being the torque converter automatic borrowed from Hyundai.
Autocar India claims that the new H7X will be 62 mm longer at the rear than the Harrier bringing its overall length to 4,660 mm. This will help the H7X accommodate the two extra passengers it will carry compared to the Harrier. However, both the length of the wheelbase in the Harrier and H7X will remain the same. The H7X is also expected to feature a design similar to the one on the Harrier.
The new Tata seven-seater SUV will be priced at a slight premium above the Harrier. Autocar India expects the H7X to bear an on-road price tag between 16 and 21 lakhs depending on the variant chosen.