Tata Motors is readying 4 all-new models for the Indian market
The much-anticipated Tata Harrier SUV is scheduled to be launched in the Indian market on January 23, 2019. Bookings for the SUV have already been commenced, while deliveries are expected to commence from the end of this month. According to AutoCarIndia, Tata Motors plans 4 new models for India this year. The Harrier will be the brand’s first model, which will be followed by a premium hatchback based on the 45X concept and a 7-seater SUV, codenamed Tata H7X.
What’s interesting is that Tata also plans to introduce the Tigor electric model in India in 2019. In an interview to AutoCar India, Guenter Butschek, CEO & MD, Tata Motors, said, “We will have firework of launches in the calendar year 2019 – the Harrier, seven-seater (Harrier), X451, and at least one if not two electric vehicles. This firework has enough power to take Tata Motors to the next level.”
The Tata Harrier will debut the brand’s new OMEGA platform, which will also underpin the H7X SUV. The SUV will be powered by a 2.0-litre Kryotec diesel engine that produces 138bhp and 350Nm of torque. Likely to be priced in the range of Rs 13 lakh – Rs 18 lakh, the SUV will rival the likes of the Hyundai Creta, Mahindra XUV500 and Jeep Compass.
The second big Tata model for India will be the 45X concept based premium hatchback, which is likely to arrive in August 2019. The hatchback will debut the company’s new modular Alpha platform, which will also underpin the Hornbill micro SUV. The hatchback is expected to share mechanics with the Nexon compact SUV, which includes 110bhp, 1.2-litre turbo petrol and 110bhp, 1.5-litre diesel.
The third Tata model to be launched in India is the H7X SUV, which is based on the Harrier’s platform. It will be around 62mm longer than the 5-seater Harrier, which allows Tata to free space for third row of occupants. It will be powered by the more powerful 2.0-litre Kryotec diesel engine that is likely to offer around 170bhp and 350Nm of torque.
The company will also launch the Tata Tigor electric model, which is currently been used by government employees and Zoomcar for its self-driving rental fleet. The model showcased at the 2018 Auto Expo was equipped with a 3-phase AC induction motor that offers 30kW or 40bhp of power.