Tata Names Creta, Compass Rival SUV, Harrier: Rumour

Tata names its upcoming SUV after a bird of prey. There’s a jet and a Toyota with the same name too!

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If reports are to be believed, Tata has chosen a name for the production-spec version of the H5X. The 5-seater SUV which will rival the likes of the Hyundai Creta and the Jeep Compass, is rumoured to be called ‘Harrier’. Interestingly, Toyota sells an SUV called the Harrier in global markets.

It isn’t the first time we’re hearing of a Tata car being named after a bird of prey. For instance, the Tata Nexon was the ‘Osprey’, the Tiago and Tigor were ‘Kite4’ and ‘Kite5’ respectively. Tata’s current flagship, the Hexa was ‘Project Eagle’, whereas the Tata Bolt and Zest were called ‘Falcon4’ and ‘Falcon5’ respectively. What is a first, though, is that the production-spec version will carry forward the project code.

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Tata H5X christened

The Tata Harrier, as we know, is based on the same platform as the Land Rover Discovery Sport. In terms of size, the H5X concept was massive, measuring 4575mm in length, 1960mm in width and 1686mm in height. For reference, that’s bigger than the Compass in all aspects! We aren’t expecting the production-spec version to be drastically different in terms of size. In fact, the test mules we spotted a few weeks ago were also similarly sized.

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We also know that the Harrier will be powered by Jeep’s 2.0-litre Multijet diesel engine. This motor makes 173PS of power and 350Nm of torque under the hood of the Compass, and we’re expecting similar numbers for Tata’s upcoming SUV as well. There’s a possibility of a petrol-hybrid powertrain too.

Tata’s upcoming SUV should be launched before April 2019. We’re expecting the Tata Harrier to be priced aggressively, possibly starting at Rs 12 lakh. The homegrown manufacturer will follow that up with the 45X hatchback, which promises to be equally interesting.


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