Tata Motors has been drip-feeding information about its upcoming Harrier SUV for a while now, with teasers coming out weekly and spy shots surfacing online every other day. Previous spy shots had shown the new SUV’s interior, but now, we have exclusive spy images of the diesel-automatic model.
As we had scooped earlier, Tata will offer the Harrier with the option of a Hyundai-sourced 6-speed torque convertor automatic transmission, in addition to the standard 6-speed manual gearbox. There was speculation of the Harrier’s automatic being a Fiat-sourced 9-speed torque converter but Tata Motors has finalised on the Hyundai transmission. Interestingly, this is the same transmission on offer in the Hyundai Tucson SUV.
Both, the 6-speed manual and the 6-speed automatic, will be mated to the newly christened Kryotec 2.0L engine, which is Tata Motor’s name for the Fiat-sourced 2.0-litre, four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine. On the Harrier, the engine will make in the region of 140hp, while a larger seven-seat version of the SUV will get the engine in 170hp tune. Due to the Land Rover-derived platform, the model should be capable off the beaten track.
The spy image also shows a few of the features that will be available on the Harrier such as a push-button start, steering-mounted controls and the large (possibly 7.0-inch) touchscreen infotainment system.
When it goes on sale in India in January 2019, the Harrier will rival the likes of the Hyundai Creta, Renault Captur, the upcoming Nissan Kicks and the production-spec version of the Kia SP SUV Concept.
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