After creating a lot of buzz since its concept showcased at the 2018 Auto Expo, Tata Motors has officially unveiled the upcoming Harrier SUV in a video. Earlier, the first production- spec Harrier came rolling out of its all- new manufacturing line in Pune. Tata Motors has been releasing teaser videos for the upcoming SUV for a long time now before officially unveiling the SUV.
According to an official statement released by Tata Motors, the Tata Harrier needed a completely new approach to product development and manufacturing processes. The completely new world- class assembly line has been built in a record time of six months with the best manufacturing practices adopted from Jaguar Land Rover. It boasts of 90 per cent automation levels with over 100+ KUKA and ABB robots.
Commenting on the unveiling of the Harrier as well as the rollout of the first car from the production line, Mayank Pareek, president, passenger vehicle business unit, Tata Motors said, “We have been receiving a tremendous response from the customers ever since we opened bookings of the Harrier, a fortnight ago. With the all-new assembly line ready and the rollout of the 1st Harrier, we are now gearing up to start deliveries in early 2019. The Harrier, with its stunning design, will definitely appeal to customers, especially those who have eagerly waited for the product since its showcase as the H5X concept at the Auto Expo 2018. We are confident that the Harrier will set new benchmarks in the SUV segment, in 2019.”
Underpinned by Tata’s new OMEGA architecture and based on the H5X concept model by the automaker, the official pictures and video shows that the Harrier gets Tata’s latest IMPACT 2.0 design language. It gets a sleek grille at the front and on both the extremes with sleek LED Daytime Running Lamps, while the headlamps are located below in a blacked out enclosure alongside the round fog lamps. Also, the SUV gets a black bumper with a wide silver skid plate, whole body with a cladding that can be seen on the wheel arches too, the rear gets a similar black bumper with a silver insert, smartly integrated exhausts into the bumper, split LED taillamps with a connecting black element and a roof-mounted spoiler as well as the thick C-Pillar from the concept has been retained, blacked out pillar with chrome insert and 18-inch alloy wheels at the sides to complete the overall sporty look of the Harrier. Additionally, it gets dual-colored ORVMs and a sleek chrome bead running on the window line as well.
Though there is no information about the features to be offered inside the Harrier, but according to the company, the interior of the Harrier will be on the premium side and it will feature the modern technologies and safety features which are offered in other rivals in the respective segment.
Under the hood, the upcoming Tata Harrier gets the KRYOTEC engine, which is a re- badged version of the 2.0- litre MULTIJET Fiat engine that also powers the Jeep Compass in India. Though the output of the engine for the Tata Harrier has not been revealed but according to the reports, the engine will be capable of producing around 140 hp in the 5- seater arrangement and around 170 hp in the 7- seater version of the SUV. While the new engine will have an electronically controlled variable geometry turbocharger (eVGT) for better responses, it will come mated to a six- speed manual and a six- speed automatic transmission option. Also, the motor will be capable to run on varying drive modes via the terrain response system offered with the Harrier SUV.
When the concept was unveiled, Tata had announced that the production version would stay close to the concept version and now looking at the production- spec, it does look close to the concept version of the vehicle. Also, Harrier is the first- ever vehicle that has been built on the Tata’s OMEGA platform that has been derived from the Land Rover’s LR550 platform. The platform also underpins the Land Rover Discovery Sport, Jaguar E-Pace and the Range Rover Evoque. However, in order to keep the cost in check, Tata Motors will be using cheaper materials and components compared to these luxurious vehicles.
The five- seater version of the Tata Harrier’s on- road price is likely to range between Rs 16 lakh to Rs 21 lakh in the country. Tata has already started taking official bookings at a payment of Rs 30,000 with the launch expected somewhere around January 2019. When launched, the 2019 Tata Harrier will rival against the likes of the Hyundai Creta and Jeep Compass in the segment.
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