FCA sourced BS-VI compliance diesel engine spied on Tata Harrier. is expected to produce more power. The same engine can be expected on the Buzzard (7-seater) too
Tata entered into the premium SUV segment with the Harrier and the manufacturer saw a growth in the market and received an overwhelming response from the buyers. The cars source its power from a 2.0-litre turbocharged diesel engine which churns out a maximum power of 140 bhp at 3750Nm and a peak torque of 350Nm.
The current engine is BS-IV compliance and come, April 2020, the car will shift to BS-VI emission norms. Tata sources its engine from FCA’s 2.0-litre Multijet diesel engine, the same engine which is used in the Jeep Compass. Tata Harrier uses variable geometry turbocharger (VGT) which helps in the better torque distribution over the whole range.
The recent spy shots reveal a camouflaged Tata Harrier along with Jeep Trailhawk, both are expected to carry a BS-VI compliance engine. The latter is set to launch in June and the car will come with a much awaited 9-speed automatic gearbox.
With the new engine, Tata Harrier power output is expected to increase by 20hp thus making 160bhp and torque figures are likely to remain the same which is 350Nm. The new engine will be powered in Harrier and the upcoming Buzzard (7-seater SUV) from Tata that is expected to launch in 2020.
Both the manufacturers are likely to retain the 6-speed manual transmission from FCA. However, the automatic gearbox is likely to be adapted individually by the manufacturers. Like a 9-speed torque converter is used by Jeep, Tata will probably make use of the Hyundai sourced 7-speed torque converter auto.
Recently, Tata has also confirmed that an automatic version of the Harrier is also in the making and is expected to debut later this year. Also, features list of Tata will include a sunroof too.
Along with the introduction of Tata Harrier automatic, the car-maker has also decided to introduce a petrol unit for their premium SUV. Reports say that it could be a 1.6-litre unit and it will be derived from the 1.2-litre, 3-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine.
Tata will upgrade their bigger and powerful diesel engines to BS-VI and that said it will phase out the smaller 1.05-litre and 1.3-litre diesel engine which are seen in the Tiago, Tigot, Bolt and Zest. This decision is taken to justify the production costs as upgrading the smaller engines to BS-VI will cost a lot of money. And that significantly make the car expensive from the buyer’s end.