The Tata Harrier SUV will be revealed in a few weeks. In November 2018, the production version of the SUV will be previewed to the media. Tata dealers will start taking bookings for the Harrier from today, and the booking amount has been pegged at Rs. 30,000. The official launch of the Tata Harrier will happen in January 2019, and deliveries are slated to begin a month later.
According to dealers, the SUV will be priced from about Rs. 15 lakhs, for the base variant, going up to about 20 lakhs for the top-end trim. This will position the Tata Harrier between the top-end Hyundai Creta and Jeep Compass trims. The new Tata SUV is likely to sit in the space between the Creta and Compass, attracting buyers from both SUVs. Official pricing will be revealed only at the time of launch though.
The Tata Harrier was first showcased to the world at the 2018 Indian Auto Expo, as the H5X concept. The production version will look similar to the concept but will be less curvier. It will also have more conventional interiors compared to the concept’s minimalist interior design. As for mechanicals, the Tata Harrier will be initially offered with a 2 liter turbocharged diesel engine from Fiat.
The Multijet diesel motor is likely to output 140 Bhp-320 Nm – a state of tune that makes it more powerful than the Hyundai Creta Diesel (126 Bhp-260 Nm) but less powerful than the Jeep Compass (170 Bhp-350 Nm). As for gearboxes, the Harrier Diesel will be offered with a 6 speed manual as standard while a 6 speed torque converter automatic transmission sourced from Hyundai will be offered as an option.
The SUV will be based on the Land Rover LS550 platform, which has been localized suitably by replacing aluminium components with ones made of steel. The SUV will be front wheel driven across most variants while the top-end trims will get an all wheel drive layout. Also, the Tata Harrier will be offered with multiple drive modes – a-la-Nexon. The new SUV will meet Bharat New Vehicle Safety Assessment Program (BNVSAP) norms.