The Tata Harrier SUV is all set to go into production by the end of this year, with an official launch slated for early 2019. The flagship SUV from Tata Motors will be 80% true to the H5X concept, which was first showcased at the 2018 Indian Auto Expo. However, it could lose much of its curves, if the recently released teasers of the Harrier are anything to go by. Here is a new render that shows what the profile of the Tata Harrier could look like.
As the render clearly indicates, the Tata Harrier will be more square on the sides, with the wheel arches losing much of their curviness. Given the fact that the Harrier is an SUV rather than a sedan or hatchback, a slab-sided profile is something that most people won’t mind. There will obviously be many who’d be disappointed with the lack of curves in the design of the Harrier. Styling apart, the SUV will also get new interiors, with a more conventional dashboard design, a departure from the ultra minimalist layout that was seen in the H5X concept. Expect the Tata Harrier to be featured-packed, considering that it’s a flagship SUV.
As for mechanicals, the Tata Harrier will get a 2-litre diesel engine. It’ll be a Fiat Multijet turbocharged unit with 140 Bhp-320 Nm on tap. A 6-speed manual gearbox will be standard, with front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive layouts on offer. There’s talk about a petrol motor being tested on the Harrier but Tata is yet to announce such an option officially. Also on the anvil are automatic variants of the Harrier, again not confirmed officially by Tata Motors. As for competition, the Tata Harrier will go up against the likes of the Hyundai Creta, the Mahindra XUV500 and the Jeep Compass. It’ll be a five-seater, and will sit above the Tata Hexa in terms of pricing.