TeamBHP member 'SneakyFunk' has snapped these images of a Tata Harrier prototype testing near the company's facility in Pune, Maharashtra. The spy shot of the front clearly shows that Tata hasn't deviated from the concept H5X's design with the thin lighting element accompanied by another cluster positioned below it which appears to house a projector lens (likely for the low beam) and dynamic bending reflector lens (for the high beam).
The first product on the Omega platform (which has its roots in Land Rover's D8 platform), the Harrier will launch in the last quarter of this financial year. Power for the SUV will come from FCA's 2.0-liter Multijet II four-cylinder diesel engine with a reported output of 140 hp. Tata will offer the choice of a 6-speed manual gearbox or a Hyundai-sourced 6-speed torque converter automatic on the Harrier. The automatic box is likely the same found on the Hyundai Creta AT.
Spy shots have confirmed features such as cruise control, a large digital multi-information display, a touchscreen entertainment system with Bluetooth support, automatic climate control and a Land Rover-inspired terrain selector knob indicating that AWD could be offered on the higher variant of the Harrier.
Prices for the Harrier are expected to start in the region of INR 12 lakhs, ex-Showroom, pitting it against the Hyundai Creta, the base variant of the Jeep Compass, and the Mahindra XUV500. Tata is also reportedly working on a 7-seat variant of the Harrier codenamed H7X, which could be introduced within 18 months of it going on sale.
[Images from TeamBHP.com]