The much-awaited Tata Harrier SUV will officially go on sale in the market in the first quarter of 2019, most probably in January. We informed you earlier that the SUV will share the diesel engine with Jeep Compass, which means a 2.0-litre MJD diesel engine. However, this engine will be de-tuned for higher efficiency. If latest media report is to be believed, the Tata Harrier 5-seater premium SUV will use a six-speed automatic gearbox offered in the Hyundai Tucson.
Previous reports suggest that the Harrier diesel variant will use Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ nine-speed automatic gearbox. This nine-speed automatic gearbox will be expensive for a 5-seater SUV developed with aggressive pricing in minds. The nine-speed unit will officially make its debut on the upcoming Jeep Compass Trailhawk, which is scheduled to be launched in the end of 2019. AutoCar India reports that Hyundai’s six-speed automatic unit will be an affordable match for the 2.0-litre diesel engine.
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This six-speed automatic unit will be first offered on the five-speed 140bhp, Tata Harrier. Adding to it, the gearbox will also make its way to a 7-seater SUV – codenamed H7X. Both models will come equipped with Tata’s all-wheel drive system along with multi-drive modes.
With Harrier, Tata Motors will also go tech-friendly and will come with a comprehensive online configurator. This configurator will allow customers to choose engine, transmission, suspension, seating, brakes and add-on kits. It will be for the first time in India that the online configurator will be offered for the mass market car. The Tata Harrier is the first SUV from the homegrown automaker to be based on the OMEGA platform, which is borrowed from the Land Rover Discovery’s LS550 platform.