Tata Harrier is one the most awaited upcoming cars in the Indian market. It will become the flagship SUV of the brand and will be launched in early 2019. Tata has been testing the Harrier relentlessly on the Indian roads and has also officially revealed a lot of details about the car. For the first time ever, the 6-speed automatic transmission of the Harrier has been seen in the pictures.
Tata Harrier is the first ever vehicle from the brand that will get the OMEGA platform. The platform is the heavily modified version of the Land Rover’s LS550 unit that underpins many Land Rover SUVs. In the Harrier, many parts of the platform have been updated to keep the cost in check but inherently, the platform will allow the Harrier to be very capable off-the-road.
The Harrier will be powered by KYROTEC 2.0-litre diesel engine sourced from Fiat. It is the same engine that powers the Jeep Compass in the Indian market and will be re-tuned as per Tata’s requirement. Also, the engine will be mated to a 6-speed manual transmission and a 6-speed automatic transmission. The automatic transmission unit will be sourced from Hyundai. It will be interesting to see how the new set-up works in the SUV. The Jeep Compass diesel uses a 9-speed torque-converter automatic transmission. The 6-speed transmission will help Tata to price the product aggressively.
For the first time, the gear-lever of the automatic Harrier has been seen in the pictures. The SUV will also get multi-drive modes, which will make it quite capable and will allow it to reach challenging situations. It is not known if Tata will offer the 4WD with the automatic transmission. The Hexa automatic is only offered with the 2WD option.
In Harrier, the engine will produce around 140 Bhp. Tata is not planning to launch a petrol-powered Harrier as of now and we may not see it in the future too. Tata is also working on a long wheelbase version of the Harrier which is internally known as the H7X. It will get a higher powered version of the same engine. Tata will put the Harrier in production by the end of this year and an early 2019 launch is expected. It will take on the likes of Jeep Compass and the Hyundai Tucson.
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