As the year draws to an end, a highly anticipated launch from Tata Motors draws closer. The much awaited Tata Harrier will soon be launched in India and promises a lot on the lines of technology that will set the Harrier apart from other contending vehicles like the Hyundai Creta, Renault Captur, Jeep Compass and the upcoming Nissan Kicks. The Tata Harrier has been built on L550 platform shared with the Land Rover Discovery Sport and has been tested for 2.2 million kilometres across multiple terrains and weather conditions. This will also be Tata’s first product that shares its platform with the luxury SUV maker Land Rover.
The Land Rover L550 platform which Tata has used to develop the Harrier has been called OMEGARC (Optimal Modular Efficient Global Advanced Architecture). This was developed by Tata jointly with Jaguar Land Rover. The focus here for Tata Motors has been to optimise the SUV’s rear legroom. The result of this has been a size measuring 4,598 mm in length, 1,894 mm in width and 1,706 mm in height. The wheel base of the new Tata Harrier stands at 2,741 mm and a decent ground clearance of 205 mm. The SUV will ride on 235/65 R-16 tyres and has a fuel tank of 50 litres.
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Powering the new Tata Harrier is a fiat sourced 2.0 litre, four cylinder, turbo diesel engine. Christened the 2.0 litre Kryotec, this engine is also found on the Jeep Compass but in a lower state of tune. While the Compass’s engine makes 173 hp, the same mill on the new Harrier is rated at 140 hp. Torque figures for both remain the same. Tata has bolted on a e-VGT (electronic variable geometry turbo) on the Harrier. The new Harrier also features an advanced EGR (exhaust gas recirculation) system that helps reducing nitrogen oxide emissions. The new engine on the Tata Harrier is said to be a BS6 ready unit.
At present, Tata will only be offering the Harrier with a 6-speed manual transmission, but it is said the company may bring out a petrol motor as well as an automatic transmission at a later stage. The company will also not be offering an AWD (all-wheel drive) variant on the Harrier. The new Tata Harrier is said to come with drive modes – City, Eco and Sport, another addition on the Harrier is a Terrain Response System for Normal, Rough and Wet conditions.
The suspension setup is another highlight of this SUV, being co-developed by Tata, JLR and Lotus Engineering. The SUV features a McPherson strut in the front and a semi-independent twist blade in the rear. While the front suspension comes directly from JLR the rear has been tweaked in collaboration with Lotus Engineering and JLR. Tata has opted to go with a hydraulic power assisted steering rather than an electrical steering unit, this probably has been done to keep costs low.
Tata has prepared a comprehensive list of features to be offered on the new Harrier SUV. This will include, LED projector lamps with a delay function, LED DRLs and tail lamps, electronically operated and folded ORVMs with turn signals, cooled storage spaces, 8.8 inch touch screen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, 9-speaker JBL sound system, push button start/ stop, 8-way adjusted driver seat, 4-way adjusted co-driver seat, rear AC vents, puddle lamps, keyless entry, 7.0 inch MID display and more. On the safety front, the Harrier will get ABS with EBD, six airbags, roll over mitigation, traction control, hill hold and decent control functions, ESP, corner stability control and hydraulic brake assist.
PRICE & VARIANTS
The new Tata Harrier will be offered in the XE, XM, XT and XZ trims. Features such as two frontal airbags, rear parking sensors, projector headlamps and DRLs will be offered as standard fitment. Tata will be offering the new Harrier with five colour options. We expect the Harrier to be priced between Rs 16 – 21 lakh, when it goes on sale in January 2019.