The rumours were true after all. Tata Motors has officially named its upcoming SUV the ‘Tata Harrier.’ The Harrier is based on the Concept H5X the manufacturer showcased at the Auto Expo earlier this year. While we knew what to expect from the SUV, Tata’s teasers have built some excitement in the office.
Will the Harrier look significantly different compared to the H5X? Not really. At the Expo, Tata’s ace designer Pratap Bose confirmed that 80 per cent of the concept will make its way to production. And the teasers, well, they confirm just that.
Kicking things off with the front, we’re actually surprised that the Harrier retains those slender LED headlamps. The chin looks pronounced too, and we’re sure there’s a faux skidplate at the front for that signature SUV look. From the side, things get even more interesting. Unlike the concept, the SUV in the teaser features a dual-tone colour scheme. We can also spot a touch of chrome around the glasshouse, and chunky wing mirrors - both of which were missing from the concept. Then there’s the roofline that’s flatter compared to the concept. It doesn’t dive past the C-pillar, and has a more gradual rake.
Over to the rear, the windscreen appears to be a wee bit larger. There’s the obvious addition of a rear wiper too, which was absent on the H5X. The LED lighting on the tail lamps carries forward the hockey stick-like detailing that the concept featured.
Based on a derivative of Land Rover’s LR550 platform, the Harrier promises to be a formidable option in the mid-size SUV space. We know there’s going to be a 2.0-litre diesel under the bonnet, producing around 173PS of power and 350Nm of torque. The Tata Harrier will rival the likes of the Hyundai Creta and the Jeep Compass. Some variants are expected to stray over into Hexa and XUV500 territory as well. We’re expecting prices ranging between Rs 12 lakh and Rs 18 lakh, and a launch before April 2019. Can it come any sooner, Tata? Please?
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