Tata Harrier SUV interior details revealed in spy shots
Tata Motors seems to be working rapidly on the development of the Tata Harrier SUV, previously known as a the Tata H5X concept. A test mule of the Tata Harrier was recently spied in which the instrument cluster of the upcoming SUV can be seen. From the spy shots, the cluster appears to have monotone lighting, while that on the larger Tata Hexa has more chrome detailing and a colour MID. The cluster features two dials with the MID in the centre. The display in the spy shots show that the top part of the MID indicates the fuel tank capacity, with the bottom shows instant fuel consumption. Both units are shown through semicircular bars.
Other details that are noticed in the spy shots are that the Harrier test mule features a steering wheel similar to the one seen on the Tata Tiago. It also features similar light controls on its indicator stalk, unike on the Hexa, which has a rotary knob control on the dashboard. One important feature we see here is the chunky rotary dial in front of the gear lever. The dial appears similar to the one seen on some Land Rover offerings and is meant for switching off-road drive modes, which could indicate that the Harrier will be a proper off-roader.
The Tata Harrier name was only recently revealed by the company, as it prepares for the SUV to reach production and launch it in the country by the first quarter of 2019. The production H5X will be based on Jaguar Land Rover's entry-level D8 SUV platform, variations of which support cars like the Land Rover Discovery Sport, Jaguar E-Pace and the Range Rover Evoque. Tata's version, called Omega-Arc (Optimal Modular Efficient Global Advanced Architecture), will involve the use of cheaper materials and components to keep costs down.
The production H5X will be powered by the Multijet II engine from FCA, as seen in the Jeep Compass, in two states of tune - 140PS for the 5-seater version and 170PS for the 7-seater. Both two and four-wheel drive will be available and transmission options will be a 6-speed manual and automatic. The 5-seater should come in the Rs 9-12 lakh price bracket.
The exterior design of the production car will follow Tata's Impact Design 2.0 showcased at the 2018 Auto Expo. So, a slimmer front grille and lights, aggressively contoured side profiles, steeply raked roofline and large wheel sizes can be expected. The interior also will have to be the best ever fitted to a Tata car and build on the progress the firm has been making in this aspect.
The production car, when launched in the first quarter of 2019, will compete with the likes of the Hyundai Creta and Jeep Compass.
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