Tata Motors has just unveiled its new flagship offering, the Harrier SUV. The media preview of the Tata Harrier is just weeks away, and by the middle of December, we’ll be able to give you a clear picture of the new SUV. While Tata Motors hasn’t spoken about a sportier version of the Harrier, here’s a speculative render that shows what such a model could look like.
The Tata Harrier Sport as shown in the render gets a body kit, bumper extensions and a contrast black roof. The alloy wheel design also sees a revision. Obviously, there’s no information about what the changes that the mechanicals of the Harrier Sport will see. This said, we do know that the stock variant will be powered by a 2 liter Fiat Multijet turbocharged diesel engine with 140 Bhp-320 Nm. A 6 speed manual gearbox will accompany this engine at launch.
A few months down the line, the Tata Harrier will get a 6 speed torque converter automatic gearbox sourced from Hyundai. Tata Motors could also launched a turbocharged petrol engine in due course of time, especially when the Bharat Stage 6 emission norms kick in. So, by 2020, you can expect the Harrier to be sold with both petrol and diesel engine options.
Coming to the Harrier Sport, we expect JTP to get involved if Tata Motors plans mechanical changes to the vehicle. The JTP variant of the Harrier Sport is expected to get a tweaked version of the turbocharged petrol engine that the SUV will be offered with. A stiffer suspension set-up and other specific changes meant to improve the driving performance of the vehicle are also likely. JTP stands for Jayem-Tata Performance, a new sub brand that Tata Motors recently created to sell high-performance versions of its regular cars.
Coming back to the regular version of the Tata Harrier that will be launched soon, the SUV will get a front wheel drive layout as standard. An all wheel drive layout will be offered on the top-end trims. The Harrier sits on the OMEGA platform, which has been derived from Land Rover’s D8 platform.
The Harrier will be the most feature-rich SUV that Tata Motors has ever produced. From a Terrain Response system inspired by Land Rover and LED headlamps to a JBL-sourced audio unit and a floating infotainment console, the SUV will be seriously loaded.
The SUV will take on the likes of the higher trims of the Hyundai Creta and the base trims of the Jeep Compass. Prices of the Tata Harrier are expected to start from about Rs. 15 lakhs, ex-showroom Delhi. We expect Tata Motors to surprise us with a sharper price tag though.