Tata Motors showcased two concepts at this year’s Auto Expo 2018. One of them was based on an all-new platform while the other was derived from Jaguar Land Rover. The latter is of prime importance here as Tata Motors has now decided to name the H5X SUV as the Harrier. The Tata Harrier SUV will be in the market sometime next year and will have petrol and diesel engines options.
The Tata Harrier is built on the Omega-Arc (Optimal Modular Efficient Global Advanced Architecture) platform. Obviously, in a bid to keep costs low, Tata Motors will use affordable components. The Tata Harrier will also be the first SUV to have Tata’s Impact Design 2.0 language. A slim grille along with equally thin headlights (most likely LEDs), big wheels and a coupe-like roofline are to be expected. Tata Motors will also ensure that the interior, like the Nexon’s, will not be similar to any other vehicle from the manufacturer’s stables. We believe the quality will also be at par with the competition, if not better.
Coming to the choice of engines, the Tata Harrier is rumoured to employ the same motor from the Jeep Compass. The 2.0-litre Multijet II diesel engine will be available in a 140PS as well as 170PS tune. There will be a 6-speed manual as well as automatic transmission available for the Harrier. There will be 2-wheel as well as 4-wheel drive option too. What we firmly believe is that Tata Motors spent the last five years developing this SUV to have an electric powertrain in the future. Currently, the Harrier SUV is being extensively tested in India and like the Nexon, it is expected to give Tata a fresh shot in the arm. The competition will be in the form of the new Jeep Compass, Hyundai Creta and the Mahindra XUV500
Editor’s notes: It is strange that Tata Motors is being allowed to use the name Harrier. There is a Toyota Harrier currently in production and that’s an SUV too. While not being entirely sure of this, we hope that Tata Motors doesn’t have to revise the name and use a new one. Just like they did with the Zica and Tiago.