Tata Harrier, the homegrown automaker’s offering in the compact SUV segment, based on the Omega architecture was launched in India during the month of January 2019. Two months after its debut in our country, this premium utility vehicle has started to make its mark and garner decent sales numbers for the automaker. For the month of February 2019, the Harrier’s sales stood at 1,449 units, close the Mahindra XUV 500 and more than those of the Jeep Compass.
The Tata Harrier is currently available with a 2.0-litre diesel engine in its line-up. This engine has been sourced from Fiat and is the same motor which does its duty on the Jeep Compass. For the Harrier, however, it has been detuned to produce 140 BHP of power while the torque figure stays the same at 350 Nm. This engine is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission as standard.
At the moment, the Tata Harrier does not get a petrol derivative in its portfolio. neither is it available with an automatic transmission while it also lacks the availability of a 4×4 drivetrain. Now all the above is confirmed to join this SUV’s portfolio soon. We are already aware that this compact SUV is going to get a 6-speed automatic gearbox sourced from Hyundai later this year. And that there will eventually be a 4×4 version, however, the same will still remain exclusive to the Harrier’s seven-seater derivative.
Now according to a report published in Autocar India, soon, the Tata Harrier will get a petrol derivative in its line-up. This engine is going to be a 1.6-litre, 4-cylinder, turbocharged unit. The interesting thing to note here is that this engine will be derived out of the automaker’s 1.2-litre, 3-cylinder engine. The automaker will increase the bore and stroke and also add another cylinder to the same to make its a 1.6-litre unit.
It is expected that the petrol derivative of the Tata Harrier is going to launch in India in 2020, closer to the BS-VI deadline. It will be paired to a 6-speed manual gearbox and there will be a torque-converter unit also on offer.