Tata Motors is set to launch the Harrier SUV in India in January 2019. The Harrier which is based on the H5X SUV concept unveiled at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show has been spied numerous times over the past few months and now Indian Autos Blog (IAB) has rendered out what the SUV could look like from both the front and the rear, when it arrives in January 2019.
The rendering takes its cues from the latest spy images that have surfaced on the internet over the past few weeks and the updated renderings show what the production-spec Harrier SUV and for the first time reveal the rear end of the SUV in all its glory.
The Harrier’s front end looks quite familiar to those who’ve seen the H5X concept with sleek LED DRLs situated at the bonnet level on either side of the grille. The headlamps themselves sit in clusters under the LEDs on the front bumper itself along with the fog lamps. The design elements on the front bumper make a tri-arrow pattern, which is a design element that comes as part of Tata’s impact design 2.0 philosophy and will be seen on all new Tata cars.
The sides of the Tata Harrier rendering by IAB stay true to the design of the H5X concept from this year’s Auto Expo. However, there is one major change. The wheels on the production-spec Harrier are said to be 19-inch alloys compared to concept SUV’s massive 22-inch units.
The rear end of the Harrier rendered by IAB looks quite modern but more conventional compared to the front end of the SUV. The roof sports a shark fin antenna and the tailgate itself is quite sculpted and sports sleek angular LED taillights. Underneath the Tata badge at the rear sits the car’s name badge in chrome. There is also a single tailpipe sticking out of either side of the rear bumper.
The Tata Harrier will be the Indian carmaker’s flagship vehicle in India until the arrival of its seven-seater sibling which is codenamed H7X.
When it does launch in January 2019, The Harrier will be available with a new turbocharged 2.0-litre Multijet engine from Fiat which is also used by the Jeep Compass SUV, which along with the Hyundai Creta will be two major rivals of the Tata SUV in India.
What makes the powertrain of the Harrier even more surprising is the fact that the automatic gearbox option on offer will be a 6-speed automatic similar if not the same one found on the Creta. Prices for the Tata Harrier are expected to start at around Rs 13 lakh ex-showroom.