The most awaited SUV in India this financial year is the all-new Tata Harrier; the production version of the H5X concept from Auto Expo 2018. Pre-production examples have been spied testing across India in various instances, the latest of which has revealed a new tidbit about the mid-size premium SUV - the rear wheels will feature drum brakes.
Snapped in Pune by Rushlane’s readers, the Hyundai Creta-rival will feature rear drum brakes, suggesting that the model under test is a base version with a less powerful motor. Higher models with more powerful engine options could feature all-wheel disc brakes, according to the same report. It remains to be confirmed, however, so look out for more concrete details before the market launch in Q1 2019.
On July 11, Tata had revealed the name ‘Harrier’ for its midsize premium SUV as well as teased the production-spec design for the first time since they revealed the design study concept H5X. As can be inferred from the spy shots and teasers, 80-85% of the H5X's exterior styling will trickle over to the Harrier’s sheet metal.
Based on the new Impact Design 2.0 language, the Harrier’s front end features the characteristic humanity line along the lower edge of the grille, LED pilot lamps separate from a regular pair of headlamps located below, a rising beltline coming towards a gently sloping roof to give the Harrier an SUV-coupe profile, and sleek LED-powered taillamps.
The Harrier will be Tata’s first product based on the Optimal Modular Efficient Global Advanced or OMEGA architecture, which is a heavily re-engineered version of Land Rover’s D8 platform that underpins the Discovery Sport and the Range Rover Evoque. Although yet to be confirmed, the Harrier is reported to draw power from FCA’s 2.0 L Multijet II diesel and will be produced at the Pimpri-Chinchwad plant near Pune, which is reported to start before the end of 2018.