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Official Teaser Of Upcoming Tata Harrier Based On Land Rover D8 Platform Released

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| October 2 , 2018 , 13:56 IST

The Indian automaker Tata Motors just released a new teaser video that shows the Harrier being put through the paces on an off-road track that’s typically used by automakers globally for endurance/durability testing. In the video, Tata Motors also notes that the Harrier SUV has been put through 2.2 million kilometres of testing ‘through the toughest of terrains’.

The teaser video also announces that the Harrier will be launched in early 2019. The production version of the SUV is expected to be unveiled by the end of this year though. Until then, watch the teaser video below: 

The Harrier will be the first Tata car to be based on the OMEGA platform. OMEGA, that is Optimal Modular Efficient Global Architecture, is an Indianized version of the Land Rover LS550 platform.

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Aluminium bits on the OMEGA platform have been replaced with high tensile steel bits to push down cost and make the platform affordable enough for the mass market. However, the many good bits of the platform, such as top-drawer suspension design, chassis rigidness, steering response and other key attributes have been retained to give OMEGA platform underpinned vehicles best-in-class performance.

As for mechanicals, the Tata Harrier will be powered by a 2 litre Fiat Multijet turbocharged diesel engine with 140  Bhp and 320 Nm on tap. A 6-speed manual gearbox will drive the front wheels of most variants although Tata will also offer an all wheel drive layout with the diesel engine. A 6-speed torque converter automatic gearbox sourced from Hyundai will also be offered with this engine. The Harrier will be a five-seat SUV.

The Tata Harrier will be launched in next year and will be the flagship vehicle from Tata Motors. The starting price of Tata Harrier is expected at about Rs. 13 lakhs and the rivals of Harrier are Jeep Campus, 2019 MG SUV, Mahindra Xuv500, Hyundai Creta (top model), and Nissan Kicks (top model).