Tata Motors’ new flagship SUV will be called the Harrier, and it will retain about 85% of the design cues exhibited on the H5X SUV concept, which was displayed at the 2018 Indian Auto Expo. Production of the Tata Harrier will commence from the end of 2018, with the launch of the SUV slated to happen in early 2019. Test mules of the Tata Harrier continue to be spotted in various parts of India. The latest crop of spyshots show that the production model could borrow design cues from the Nexon. We got our in-house rendering artist, Vipin Vathoopan, to put together a new render of the Tata Harrier’s front end based on the latest spyshots. Here it is.
As you can see, the Tata Harrier’s production version is likely to borrow its grille design from the Nexon – Tata Motors’ best selling SUV. Other key changes include the shape of the LED DRLS, which now get a prominent kink, and also the headlamp cluster’s housing.
Notably, the Harrier will be one of India’s first SUVs to feature headlamps on the bumper, a global trend that could eventually boil down to more SUVs sold here as well. The production version of the Tata Harrier is likely to be less curvier than the H5X SUV, and this is another bit that spyshots of test mules have indicated.
As for the Tata Harrier’s mechanicals, a 2-litre Fiat Multijet turbocharged diesel engine has been confirmed. This motor will make 140 Bhp-320 Nm on the Tata SUV. Six-speed manual and torque converter automatic gearboxes will be offered, and the latter will be borrowed from Hyundai. While most variants of the Harrier will be front-wheel driven, Tata Motors will also offer an all-wheel drive option. The Harrier will use the Land Rover D8 platform, which has been modified to suit lower segments. The D8 platform used by Tata Motors will be called the ALFA. Notably, the Harrier will be a monocoque 5-seat SUV. A 7-seat extended wheelbase model is expected to follow in about a year’s time.