Tata Motors has officially announced the name of the production-specification H5X Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) we caught a glimpse of earlier this year at the Auto Expo, as Tata Harrier.
The ‘IMPACT Design 2.0’ philosophy of this SUV is indicative of an extraordinarily designed exterior complimented with a luxurious interior that will boast of future-ready connectivity and infotainment.
From what we saw of the model earlier this year, this premium SUV is expected to get a slimmer front grille and lights, aggressive curves along the bodyline, steeply raked roof-line and large wheel sizes.
Tata Motors says this 5-seater SUV is built with the perspective of being practical, comfortable yet versatile, power-packed yet easy to drive.
The Harrier will be built on Jaguar Land Rover’s entry-level SUV platform that Tata Motors is calling the Omega-Arc (Optimal Modular Efficient Global Advanced Architecture).
The idea is to use cost effective materials and components to keep overall costs down.
Fiat’s Multijet II engine will power the Tata Harrier, it’s one we’re already familiar with in the Jeep Compass, and will be seen in two states of tune – 140PS for the 5-seater variant which will launch first and 170PS for a 7-seater variant which will launch sometime later.
The SUV is expected to come with a 6-speed automatic and manual transmission while also offering both two-wheel and four-wheel drive options.
The Harrier is expected to cost somewhere in the Rs 9-12 lakh price range when it launches in India come January 2019. Once here it will rival the likes of the Jeep Compass and the Hyundai Creta.