Tata Harrier is all set to be launched in January 2019 and the automaker will be showcasing the Harrier SUV at different locations in multiple cities in India, starting from December 18, 2018, ahead of launch. Tata Motors has already concluded the media drives and according to the manufacturer, the overall response about the Harrier SUV has been positive. The company had showcased the Tata H5X concept at the 2018 Auto Expo earlier this year.
Tata Motors will first showcase the Harrier SUV in Gurugram at the Cyber Hub between December 18- 19, followed by Bengaluru at St Joseph Ground, opposite UB City between December 22- 23, Delhi at DLF Place, Saket Mall and Lucknow at Taj Gomtinagar between December 29- 30. Simultaneously, the upcoming SUV will be shown at Ahmedabad (Novotel Lawn), Chandigarh (Chandigarh Club), Chennai, Kochi and Pune (Balakrishna Lawns, Koregaon Park) on January 5th and 6th, 2019. The automaker also plans to showcase the Harrier in Mumbai and Hyderabad, though the dates are yet to be announced. However, it is expected to happen in the second week of January that will be then followed by its launch in the country.
Under the hood, the Harrier will come powered by the Fiat-sourced 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel engine, dubbed Kryotec by Tata Motors. The motor is capable of producing 138 bhp of maximum power and 350 Nm of peak torque. However, the same engine makes 171 bhp in the Jeep Compass. It has been detuned in the interest of better fuel efficiency though Tata Motors has not revealed the Harrier's claimed fuel efficiency figure yet. The engine is mated to a six- speed manual gearbox and this is the only engine-gearbox combination on offer currently. However, an automatic transmission is expected with the Harrier but there is no time line provided by Tata Motors as yet.
The five- seater SUV measures 4,598 mm in length, 1,894 mm in width, 1,706 mm in height and has a wheelbase that is 2,741 mm long. The ground clearance is measured at 205 mm. The Harrier will be offered with a fuel tank capacity of 50 litres and weighs 1,675kg, which makes it a bit heavier compared to the other SUVs in the segment. Based on the new- generation Arc (Optimal Modular Efficient Global Advanced Architecture), derived from Land Rover’s D8 architecture, the upcoming Tata Harrier features a floating roof design with bold chrome finishers and Harrier branding. At the front, it gets Xenon HID projector headlamps, dual tone front bumper with satin silver chin guard, dual function LED DRLs with turn indicators and contemporary SUV design proportions. The SUV will also offer an aggressive stance with flared wheel arches, protective side cladding and large five- spoke alloy wheels wrapped in 235 / 65 R17 wide tyres, while the ORVM with logo projection completes the overall styling of the 2019 Harrier.
At the inside, the new Tata Harrier offers signature Oak brown interior with premium oak wood finish dashboard, premium oak brown perforated leather seat upholstery and door pad inserts along with a soft- touch dashboard with anti- reflective ‘Nappa’ grain top layer, leather- wrapped steering and gear shift knob. Other than these, the unique Aero- throttle styled Piano black parking brake to offer a unique driving experience as well as the satin chrome pack for the AC vents, console liners, instrument panel finisher, door pad inserts and the inner door handles as standard.
All public preview events of the Tata Harrier will be segregated in two time slots. First, the SUV will be shown only to customers who have pre- booked the SUV – this will take place from 9 am- 11 am. Then the SUV will be available for general public viewing from 11 am- 9 pm at the aforementioned locations. Tata Motors has already started accepting bookings for the Harrier SUV in India for a token amount of Rs 30,000. It is being speculated that the Tata harrier SUV will be priced between Rs 16 to Rs 21 lakh wherein it will lock horns with the Mahindra XUV500, Hyundai Creta and also the Jeep Compass. Stay tuned to V3cars.com for further updates on the upcoming Tata Harrier.