Tata Harrier will be the next big launch from the Indian automotive giant. After the success of the new breed of vehicles like Tiago, Hexa, Nexon and Tigor, Tata will launch their flagship product early next year. The Harrier will be the most expensive in the market from Tata and will be placed above the Hexa.
With the rising demand for automatics, the Harrier will also feature the option of automatic variants. While it was being speculated that the new SUV will get a nine-speed automatic transmission from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), it has now been confirmed that it will get a different transmission from Hyundai. The Tata Harrier will feature a 6-speed conventional torque converter automatic transmission from Hyundai. The manual variants of the Harrier will get a 6-speed transmission.
The Harrier will use the 2.0-litre Multijet engine from the FCA, which also powers the Jeep Compass in India. However, with the 9-speed automatic transmission, the cost would have been much higher. As Tata is known for their value-for-money products, the 6-speed transmission from Hyundai will help the brand to keep the final price of the vehicle competitive.
The same transmission will be used in the bigger version of the Harrier, which is codenamed as the H7X and will launch at a later date. Both the SUVs will feature an AWD system but it is not known if the automatic transmission will be offered with the AWD version of the vehicle. Interestingly, the Tata Hexa only offers an automatic transmission with the 4X2 variant of the SUV.
Earlier it was revealed that the Tata Harrier will resemble the H5X concept closely. Tata says that the car will retain as much as 80-85% of the design elements from the H5X concept. It will be the first Tata SUV on the OMEGA platform, which is a heavily modified version of the LS550 platform of Land Rover. The vehicle will feature many interesting design cues like a floating roof design, an elongated LED DRL at the front, separate housing for the headlamps and big diamond cut alloy wheels. Tata will start the production of the Harrier by the end of this year and the launch is scheduled to happen early next year.