Production version of the Tata H5X concept, the Harrier, has been officially announced with launch slated for 2019.
Tata Motors has decided on the name Harrier for the production version of the upcoming H5X SUV. Even internally, it was known as the Harrier since a while following the automaker’s concept of naming vehicles after birds. The Harrier will be available in a 5-seater configuration while the 7-seater version will get a different name.
Tata’s decision to use the Harrier moniker for its SUV isn’t completely unique as Toyota already has a mid-size SUV called Harrier in global markets. However, that isn’t going to be much of a concern for the homegrown automaker as the Toyota Harrier is sold only in Japan and Malaysia and not in Asia. The vehicle is slated for a launch sometime in the first half of 2019 but before that the company will work on the process of increasing its retail footprint and is planning to give its customers a premium experience with a demarcated exclusive area to showcase the Harrier and other future premium models.
The SUV was unveiled at the 2018 Auto Expo as a concept and there have been various spy images of it being tested. It will be the first Tata car to feature the company’s IMPACT 2.0 design language and will be built at the carmaker’s plant in Chakan, Pune. The vehicle will draw power from the same 2.0-litre MultiJet II diesel engine as seen in the Jeep Compass but in two different states of tune.
– Production version of the Tata H5X to be called Harrier
– Harrier will get a 5-seater configuration
– SUV to be launched in Asia in 2019