New Tata Harrier crossover: Land Rover platform, Toyota name, Fiat diesel and Hyundai stylingOctober 30, 2018
The Indian company has declassified the exterior of its new flagship SUV. The model will enter the home market at the beginning of next year, later it can be sent for export.
The forerunner of the new crossover, the H5X concept, was introduced by Tata in February of this year. In July, the Indians announced the name of the serial version – Harrier. Recall that a SUV with such a name is in the Toyota lineup, but that SUV is sold only in Japan and Malaysia. Today, Tata has distributed official photos of its five-door product cross-country and announced the start of its production.
Externally, the conveyor version of the Tata Harrier differs from the prototype H5X: on the concept, the head optics, coupled with the grille, looked original, no other model of the show car looked like. The serial cross front is similar to the latest generation Hyundai Santa Fe. But the feed from the “Indian” is original. The manufacturer did not provide any photos of the interior.
Harrier was the first model built on the Land Rover platform (an Indian company owns Jaguar Land Rover): this is the D8 platform on which Discovery Sport is also based. In Tata, the platform was called Omega, later it will probably form the basis of other innovations of the Indian company. Harrier dimensions are not disclosed. The prototype H5X has a length of 4575 mm, a wheelbase of 2,740 mm, Discovery Sport indicators of 4589 and 2741 mm, respectively.
In the home market for the Tata Harrier crossover, only one engine has been announced so far – the 2.0 Kryotec turbo diesel with 140 hp. According to local media, the engine is not Tata’s own development – the Indian company Kryotec renamed the diesel engine Multijet II of the Fiat Chrysler concern. Harrier will be offered with a six-speed manual or automatic transmission, and Hyundai is selected as the supplier of the automatic transmission, according to unofficial information. It is currently unknown if Harrier has a full drive.
In India, orders for a new SUV are already taking, although prices have not yet been announced. Live sales will begin in January 2019. Local media tipped to Tata Harrier starting price tag of 1 500 000 – 1 600 000 rupees. The main competitors are the new Jeep Compass, Mahindra XUV500 and even Hyundai Creta.
It is expected that later the Indian customers will be offered a seven-seater version of the Tata cross, and this modification may receive a different name.
The Harrier SUV will probably be exported, but the list of countries in which a new SUV may appear is unknown.