It has by now become fairly well-known that the Tata Harrier SUV, the most advanced model from its manufacturer to date, is closer to its launch than ever. Expected to go on sale at a starting price of roughly Rs 13 lakh, the new model will be locking horns with the Hyundai Creta at one end, and with the Jeep Compass at other. The Harrier is underpinned by the new Omega Arc platform, which is a derivative of the Land Rover’s LR550 architecture. Its design will be a lot like the H5X concept that was seen at the 2018 Auto Expo, while its engine will be shared with the Jeep Compass.
The Tata Harrier will become the first recipient of the Impact 2.0 design language. The SUV has taken mere months to reach production stage from its concept. The Harrier is being produced on a new production line at the company’s manufacturing facility in Pune. The company claims to use 90% robotization for the production of its new model. The Harrier might rub shoulders with the Hexa in terms of pricing, but will be a much fresher car with world-class features.
Here is all that you should know about the upcoming SUV –
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The Tata Harrier SUV will launch in India in January 2018. Like we said, production of the new model is already underway at the company’s facility in Pune. The launch of the Harrier will be followed by a premium hatchback that will rival the Maruti Baleno and the Hyundai Elite i20. Next, the company will even launch a 7-seater version of the Harrier.
Prices of the new SUV will start around Rs 13 lakh. At this price point, the Harrier will rub shoulders with the top-end variants of the Hyundai Creta. On the other hand, its mid- and top-level trims will lock horns with the Jeep Compass. While not a direct rival, it will even face competition from the Mahindra XUV500.
The engine for the Tata Harrier will come from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. Yes, we are talking about the same 2.0-litre Multijet II turbo diesel engine that powers the Compass. However, for the new Tata model, it will be detuned to output 140 bhp. In comparison, the Compass offers 170 bhp. This version of the engine will be found in the 7-seater version of the Tata’s flagship. For now, the Harrier will be sold with a 6-speed manual transmission. At a later date, however, the company will even launch a Hyundai-sourced 6-speed automatic unit that will debut on the 7-seater version.
Another interesting bit about the Harrier is its Omega Arc modular platform. This architecture is based on the Jaguar Land Rover’s L550 platform, which underpins the much more expensive Discover Sport. For its new model, Tata has come up with a cost-effective version of this base by replacing the aluminium components with steel units. This might have resulted in a slight increase in weight but the ultra-high tensile steel used by the company will maintain the structural rigidity of the platform.
The Harrier will not offer 4WD, which is due to the low demand for the four-wheel drive configuration. Traditionally, Indian SUV buyers have shied away from putting their money on the off-road-spec variants due to their higher cost and lack of utility. That said, a 4WD version might be made for the export markets. The Indian version will have selectable drive modes through which the user can optimize the engine performance as per the usage conditions.
As Mr Pratap Bose, Head of Design, Tata Motors said, the exterior of the Tata Harrier SUV mimics the H5X concept to a large extent. The interior, however, will be a far cry from the cabin of the concept that was seen at the Auto Expo 2018. While the design study of this model had a button-less design for the interior, the production version will have conventional controls. The dashboard will have a dual-tone grey-brown look and its highlight will be an 8.8-inch touchscreen infotainment unit that will support Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The seats will have high-quality brown leather upholstery. Many features will be on offer, including a chilled storage under the front armrest. All passengers will have a dedicated smartphone storage area. The rear occupants will benefit from rear AC vents, while the passengers will even have dual-zone climate control. Other notable features will include wireless phone charging, a premium Harman-sourced audio system with JBL components and sub-woofer, multi-function steering wheel, cruise control, and a large multi-information display. However, some of these features will be restricted to the top-end trims.
There will be many safety options on offer. The car will have dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, cruise control, front and rear parking sensors, cruise control, central locking, auto-door lock, front seatbelt reminder, speed warning alert, and ISOFIX child seat restraints. Also, being underpinned by a new-age platform, the Tata Harrier SUV will offer a high structural rigidity. The carmaker will provide its flagship with crumple zones to ensure safety in an event of a crash. Plus, the company will also offer free roadside assistance that will help the users to have an immediate rescue in an event of a malfunction or a mishap.
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