Update: Tata Motors has uploaded a new showing the Harrier undergoing hot weather testing in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan. The company claims that its new flagship SUV will offer best-in-class cabin cooling.
October 25 -
Tata Motors has posted a new video that shows the Tata Harrier being put through its paces on the National Automotive Test Tracks (NATRAX). The promotional video highlights the various tests that have been conducted to test the dynamics of the new model.
For the uninitiated, National Automotive Test Tracks (NATRAX) is a facility at Pithampur, near Indore, with 14 test tracks and two laboratories. Spread over 4,140 acres, the world-class automotive testing grounds enable the manufacturers to comprehensively test and evaluate vehicles.
The latest promotional for the Tata Harrier shows the new flagship undergoing the 'Double Lane Change Test' and 'Fish Hook Test'. This is not the first time that the company has tested the dynamics of the H5X-based SUV. In late August, the Harrier was spotted on the Kari Motor Speedway. Reportedly, it was being tested for high-speed cornering stability and for fine-tuning of the suspension and steering settings.
Underpinning the Tata Harrier is the Optimal Modular Efficient Global Advanced architecture (OMEGA Arc) that has been derived from Jaguar Land Rover's D8 platform. Our spy images reveal that the top-end Tata Harrier will feature 18-inch 5-spoke alloy wheels shod with wide tires.
Powering the Tata Harrier is a 2.0-litre Kryotec diesel engine, which is basically a renamed FCA-sourced 2.0-litre MultiJet II engine with a maximum power of 140 PS. It comes mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. A Hyundai-sourced 6-speed automatic unit will be optional. The new model is expected to be an FWD-only SUV.
Pre-bookings for the Tata Harrier are underway. Interested buyers can pre-order the new flagship either at an authorised dealership or on tataharrier.com for a token amount of INR 30,000. The new model will launch in January 2019. That said, the company will unveil the SUV next month to the media to create a buzz around its most advanced SUV ever.
The Tata Harrier is likely to have a starting price of approximately INR 14 lakh (ex-showroom). It will rival the high-end variants of the Hyundai Creta along with base- and mid-level trims of the Jeep Compass, and the Mahindra XUV500.