Harrier SUV revealed; launch in Jan 2019

After months of teasing us with details, Tata Motors has finally revealed the Harrier SUV in India. The first production-spec Harrier SUV was rolled out of the company’s Pune plant last night. It is likely that dispatches to dealers will begin in a few days. One can book the SUV at a nearest Tata dealership for Rs 30,000. The official launch happens in January 2019.

Powertrain details of the Harrier SUV

The Tata Harrier SUV will be powered by diesel and petrol engines. The diesel engine is being called Kryotec. Tata Motors hasn’t revealed the displacement or power output of this motor. However, it can be safely assumed that it can be a 2.0-litre Multijet from the Jeep Compass. This motor is expected to make 140PS in the 5-seater Harrier SUV and 170PS in the 7-seater version. A 6-speed manual or an automatic will be the choice of transmissions. There is no word yet on the petrol engine though we believe Tata will turn to Fiat for a solution again.

Harrier SUV

There will also be multiple drive modes in the Harrier SUV; the same way other Tata cars have. The chassis is derived from the old JLR Freelander II and hence the Harrier SUV is expected to be adept at off-roading as well. The company says that around millions of kilometres have been covered while testing the SUV on varied terrain.

We like the way the Harrier is styled. It looks like a mini-Jaguar F-Pace but in the same vein has distinct elements too. Like the lower placed headlights, a sliver of DRL right where a conventional headlight should be, 18-inch wheels and an equally arresting rear end. While no official photos of the cabin are available at the moment, spy shots suggest that there will be auto AC, new meter cluster,  leather seats and more.

The Tata Harrier  competes with the Jeep Compass, Hyundai Creta and Renault Captur. The Tata Harrier price in India will start from Rs 14.2 lakh and go all the way to Rs 18 lakh, ex-showroom.


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