As the internet is rife with quite a few details of Tata's upcoming five-seater flagship SUV, we compile all the bits and pieces to see what all is known about the car so far.
The upcoming Tata Harrier began its journey as the 'H5X' concept which made its debut at the 2018 Auto Expo. Over the past few months, as the car is nearing its early 2019 launch, Tata has been dropping numerous teasers which give off some vital details about the upcoming car. Based on Tata's 'IMPACT Design 2.0' philosophy, the Harrier is perhaps the only Tata model yet to have such an extensive online footprint and campaign prior to its launch.
Now though, with significant details out in the open, we can compile all the bits to understand exactly what all we know about the Harrier so far. Our earlier report on the chassis and platform details of the Harrier states that the 5-seater SUV is built on a new OMEGARC (Optimal Modular Efficient Global Advanced Architecture) platform which has been adapted from Land Rover's D8 architecture. Engineers from both Tata and JLR have worked hard to adapt the D8 platform for Indian conditions. With the new chassis, the Harrier will benefit from optimised torsional and bending stiffness along with strength and rigidity levels comparable to those of a Land Rover vehicle. Also, with a focus on reducing NVH levels, the Harrier's architecture will make use of auxiliary isolation panels to improve cabin isolation. Therefore, expect the Harrier to be one of the most luxurious products from Tata yet.
For its diesel SUVs like the Safari and Hexa, Tata has been using an AVL-sourced 2.2 litre, four-cylinder turbo diesel engine. However, for the Harrier, Tata has developed an all-new 2.0-litre diesel motor, christened as the 'KRYOTEC' unit. While there are no specifics out yet, what can be confirmed is that the diesel mill will come fitted with an electronically-controlled Variable Geometry Turbo (VGT). Also, the new power unit will feature exhaust gas recirculation and is reported to have a 'low-friction' valve train to boost fuel efficiency.
With the SUV segment already having some serious competitors like the Mahindra XUV500 and Jeep Compass, expect Tata to price the Harrier competitively, perhaps somewhere between the ₹ 16 - 19 lakh range (ex-showroom). However, if Tata launches the Harrier with a four-wheel-drive (4WD) option (yet to be confirmed), then it will also go up against the likes of the Mahindra Scorpio 4x4.