Upcoming Tata Harrier SUV to be rolled out from the Indica's production line in Pune
At a media event held recently, an official from Tata Motors stated that the upcoming Tata Harrier SUV will be rolled out of the carmaker's Pune plant once the car goes on sale in the first quarter of 2019. Interestingly, this production line is the same one on which the Indica was being made before the end of it's life cycle.
Understandably, changes have been made to the line to support the Harrier's Land Rover derived modular construction with automation levels being as high as 85%.
This architecture comes from Jaguar Land Rover's entry-level D8 SUV platform, variations of which support cars like the Land Rover Discovery Sport, Jaguar E-Pace and the Range Rover Evoque. Tata's version, called Omega-Arc (Optimal Modular Efficient Global Advanced Architecture), will involve the use of cheaper materials and components to keep costs down.
The Harrier, which made its concept debut at the Auto Expo 2018 as the H5X, will be powered by the Multijet II engine from FCA, as seen in the Jeep Compass. This motor will be supplied in two states of tune - 140PS for the 5-seater version and 170PS for the 7-seater. Both two and four-wheel drive will be available and transmission options will be a 6-speed manual and automatic. The 5-seater should come in the Rs. 9 to 12 lakh price bracket.
As has been seen on the concept and in numerous spy images, The exterior design of the production car will follow Tata's Impact Design 2.0 showcased at the 2018 Auto Expo. So, a slimmer front grille and lights, aggressively contoured side profiles, steeply raked roofline and large wheel sizes can be expected. The interior and overall quality also will have to be the best ever fitted to a Tata car and build on the progress the firm has been making in this aspect.
Tata had been in a rut until sometime back and is now slowly turning things around with cars like the Tiago, Tigor and Nexon. While these successes have been in the sub-10 lakh end of the market, the new SUV will be the company's first serious contender in the mid-size crossover segment
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