Tata Harrier (five- seater) is all set to be launched on 23rd January 2019. The upcoming SUV is one of the much anticipated vehicles by the automaker. Now, ahead of the launch, Tata Motors has confirmed that the seven- seater Harrier will also be launched in the country by the end of 2019 itself. Guenter Butschek, CEO & MD, Tata Motors, said the seven- seat Harrier will be part of a “firework of launches in calendar year 2019”.
The seven- seater Tata Harrier will be based on the D8 platform which underpins the Discovery Sport, and its overall length will be increased by 62 mm for making space for the third row of seats while the wheelbase is expected to be the same 2,741 mm. The vehicle has already been spotted testing in India as well as on international roads. Sitting above the five- seater Harrier, the 7- seater Harrier will also be pricier compared to the younger sibling.
The upcoming 7- Seater Harrier will not only be pricier but also more powerful. Under the hood, the SUV will come powered by 2- liter Fiat Multijet engine called Kryotec by Tata Motors and will be able to produce 170 Bhp of maximum power and 350 Nm of peak torque. A 6 speed manual gearbox will be standard, driving the front wheels of the SUV, while a Hyundai- sourced 6 speed automatic gearbox will be offered as an option.
Underpinned by the OMEGA platform, the vehicle is expected to look largely similar to the standard Harrier till the C- pillar. In order to avoid any confusion with the five- seater model, Tata Motors is also expected to announce a new name for the 7- seater variant of the Harrier. Currently, Tata Motors has two ageing SUVs in the form of the Safari Storme and the Hexa and by bringing in the H7X / 7 seat Harrier, Tata Motors will have both 5 and 7 seat SUVs in the sub- Rs. 20 lakh segment. The H7X is expected to arrive sometime close to the festive season – or by the end of this year and it will be Tata Motors’ second major SUV launch in the year.
The automaker has already commenced the advanced bookings for the five- seater Harrier in the country. Apart from the Harrier five and seven seater models, Tata Motors will also bring the production version of the 45X code- named premium hatchback. The hatchback was first showcased alongside the Harrier at the 2018 Auto Expo in India. When launched, the Tata 45X hatchback will take on the likes of the Maruti Baleno and the Hyundai Elite i20, and is expected to undercut both the cars. It’s likely to offer the 1.2 liter turbocharged petrol and 1.5- liter turbocharged diesel engines. While manual gearboxes will be standard, we can also expect a twin clutch AMT option as well.
When launched, the 7- seater Tata Harrier will rival the Mahindra XUV500 as well as the 7- seater variant of the MG Hector, which will be launched in India after the launch of the 5- seater Hector in June 2019. As confirmed, the three- row Harrier will be priced at a premium over the standard Harrier; it is expected to be priced from Rs 14 lakh to 19 lakh (ex- showroom). Stay tuned to V3cars.com for further updates on the upcoming Tata Harrier five and seven seater models in the Indian market.