At this year’s Auto Expo, Tata Motors took the covers off its range-topping H5X concept, which stole the show at India’s bi-annual motors show in Greater Noida. Now, ET Auto has reported that the production-spec H5X which will bear the name Harrier, will be launched in India in January 2019.
The new Tata Harrier SUV, which has been undergoing vigorous testing on Indian roads will be the flagship vehicle in the Indian automotive giant’s lineup. Underpinning the new Tata Harrier is Tata Motor’s new OMEGA architecture, which itself is a heavily modified version of Land Rover’s LS550 platform.
Powering the all new Tata Harrier SUV will be a 2.0-litre Multijet diesel engine from Fiat Chrysler, which also powers its biggest rival, the Jeep Compass in India. To keep costs in check, Tata Motors will make use of Hyundai’s 6-speed torque converter automatic gearbox. A 6-speed manual gearbox will also be available for prospective Harrier owners. The new Harrier will come in both 4×2 and 4×4 guises. Expect the new Tata Harrier to feature multiple driving modes.
Tata claims that the Harrier will feature a majority of the design cues of the H5X concept revealed at the Auto Expo 2018. If the production-spec Harrier lives up to Tata’s claims, then, its butch looks and sharp lines that are line with the carmaker’s Impact Design 2.0 design strategy, will ensure that it draws attention and hopefully the wallets of Indian car buyers.
The Harrier will be sold as a 5-seater at first with a larger 7-seat variant codenamed H7X arriving later in the product cycle of the all-new SUV. The dashboard of the new Harrier will feature a more upmarket version of the Tata Hexa’s instrument binnacle with multi-information display flanked by dials. The centre console is expected to feature a large infotainment display that will get multiple connectivity options.
The arrival of the new Tata Harrier SUV will see Tata Motors traverse into new waters for the first time. To beat the Jeep Compass at its game, it will need to ensure that people look past the badge up front. However, if the Harrier stays true to its concept roots, then Tata Motors could well have a winner on its hands.