Tata Motors reveals Harrier platform highlights

by Nishant Parekh, Autocar India 18 Sep 2018

Tata Motors’ soon-to-be-launched SUV, the Tata Harrier which was first showcased at the 2018 Auto Expo in New Delhi, is based on the Omega platform which is derived from Land Rover's D8 architecture.

In its latest video, Tata Motors has revealed further details and features of the platform in the run-up to the launch of its much-awaited SUV in early 2019.

Tata Motors claims the Harrier's body movements over broken road conditions will be under control due to optimised torsional and bending stiffness. Also, with the D8 platform, the SUV is likely to benefit from the driving dynamics attributed to Land Rovers as it will have a similar floorpan, steering gear, and an all-independent suspension. Some of the aluminium bits, however, will be replaced by more affordable steel parts to keep costs in check.

The Harrier promises to have a quiet cabin due to the use of auxiliary isolation panels. Moreover, it will have efficiently designed crumple zones and see the extensive use of high-strength steel to offer a higher level of safety.

The first model developed under Tata’s latest Impact Design 2.0 design language, the Harrier will sport bold styling with large wheels and prominent wheel arches. The production model is expected to look similar to the concept showcased at the Auto Expo 2018, and that is no bad thing.

The Tata Harrier will be powered by a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder, turbo-diesel engine in two states of tune – 140hp and 170hp. The FCA-sourced motor also powers the popular Jeep Compass SUV.

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