The first spotting of the production version of the Tata Harrier gives a number of details about the compact SUV.
Tata has high hopes with its Harrier compact SUV that will go on sale in India next year and we have high anticipation from it. The production version of the model has been finally spotted testing in India and it does look to be living up to the design of the H5X Concept model that it is based on.
The windows of the spotted Tata Harrier have a sloping design which flows into the boot windows. Even though the body is completely camouflaged, the front looks sharp. The spotted model even had protruding fog lamps which give it an off-road appeal. We think they will be integrated into the front bumper in the final model.
The rear of the compact SUV has three individual lamps, one for the indicators, one for the brake lights and the last one for the reverse lights. The reverse lights have even been housed into the tailgate. The proportions of the car look excellent and in-line with Tata’s Impact 2.0 design language. The Tata Harrier that was spotted was rolling on 18-inch wheels but a 19-inch option for the top-spec model is expected. The alloys look neat and the test model was a 5-seater that will be introduced first. A 7-seater model too is expected to follow.
On the inside, the test-mule had quilted seats for that premium feel. A 6-speed transmission with Tata’s super drive modes was there too. These allow the driver to choose between a sporty or a more linear power delivery. It has already been confirmed that a Hyundai-sourced automatic gearbox (same as the Tucson) will be offered as an option too.
Another interesting development regarding the Tata Harrier is that it will be produced on the same production line that the Tata Indica was made on. Changes have obviously been made to accommodate the more modern architecture and features that the Tata Harrier will come with. It is based on the new Omega architecture that will also provide underpinnings for future Tata cars.
The Tata Harrier already looks like a serious contender in the compact SUV market in India. So far, it has everything going for it. The only thing that remains to be seen is how good the quality and the pricing of the Harrier will be, both of which are most likely to be good.
Tata Harrier Production Version
– The model has been spotted testing in India with a camouflage
– It had a 6-speed manual transmission with Tata’s drive modes
– It will be produced on the Indica’s assembly line
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