Tata Motors has just revealed that the Harrier SUV will be officially unveiled in the first week of December 2018. What this also means is the pictures of the Tata Harrier could be leaked in the next few days. This invariably happens before every big car/motorcycle launch. Keep an eye out for the Harrier.
The Tata Harrier is the first new vehicle from the automaker to use the OMEGA platform, a derivative of Land Rover’s D8 platform. In other words, buyers of the Tata Harrier will get an Indianized version of the Land Rover Discovery Sport platform.
While the Tata Harrier’s OMEGA platform will replace the costlier aluminum bits of the Land Rover D8 platform with cheaper, high tensile steel, Tata Motors has been harping about how other key attributes of the D8 platform have been retained. This is expected to give the Harrier SUV best in class ride and handling performance.
The Harrier will be Tata Motors’ new flagship, sitting above the Hexa in terms of price and positioning. A starting price slightly under Rs. 15 lakhs is expected, and the leaks have suggested just this. The top-end variants are likely to cost a little under Rs. 20 lakhs.
Initially, the Tata Harrier will be a diesel-only SUV, and will share its engine and manual gearbox with the Jeep Compass. However, unlike the Compass’ 170 Bhp-350 Nm state of tune, the engine is likely to make 140 Bhp-320 Nm on the Tata Harrier. Tata Motors calls the new engine Kyrotec 2.0, and a key feature of this motor will be its multi- drive modes. A 6 speed manual gearbox will be standard while a 6 speed torque converter automatic gearbox sourced from Hyundai will be offered as an option.
The Tata Harrier will get both front wheel and all wheel drive modes. However, a low range mode is unlikely. The Harrier is expected to be more of a road-focused monocoque SUV that can handlelight off road trails rather than a hard-core, off-road focused vehicle. The Harrier will be a five seater, and is expected to get best in class interior space – a typical Tata trait. Considering that the new SUV will be Tata Motors’ flagship vehicle, expect it to be packed to the gills with creature comforts and safety features.