Tata Harrier All-Wheel-Drive (AWD) Variant Not Coming Anytime Soon

Tata Motors has confirmed that their new upcoming Harrier SUV will not come with an all-wheel-drive (AWD) system. According to reports from Autocar India, the Tata Harrier will initially feature just a front-wheel-drive system.

Tata Harrier All-Wheel-Drive Variant Not Available; Launch Expected In Mid-January 2019

The reason for the non-availability of the all-wheel-drive system on the much-awaited SUV is the packaging constraints caused by the Fiat-sourced engine in the new OMEGARC platform. According to reports, Tata Motors will have to re-engineer a major part of the chassis, especially the propeller shaft to accommodate the four-wheel-drive system.

Tata Harrier All-Wheel-Drive Variant Not Available; Launch Expected In Mid-January 2019

The company feels that the high cost involved in making such a major change, for a market which has low demand for an all-wheel-drive system is not required. However, depending on the demand, the company might introduce a Harrier with an all-wheel-drive system, at a later stage of its lifecycle.

Tata Harrier All-Wheel-Drive Variant Not Available; Launch Expected In Mid-January 2019

The Tata Harrier is expected to be launched in the Indian market, sometime in mid-January 2019. Ahead of its launch in the market, Tata Motors has been releasing a number of teasers, showcasing specific features of the SUV.

Tata Harrier All-Wheel-Drive Variant Not Available; Launch Expected In Mid-January 2019

As seen from the teasers, the Harrier SUV will come with a host of features including projector headlamps, LED DRLs, large touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay and a host of driver aids and driving modes.

Tata Harrier All-Wheel-Drive Variant Not Available; Launch Expected In Mid-January 2019

Some of the features confirmed on the Harrier: ESP (Electronic Stability Control), HDC (Hill Descent Control) and a Terrain Response Control (similar to the feature seen on all Land Rovers).

Tata Harrier All-Wheel-Drive Variant Not Available; Launch Expected In Mid-January 2019

The Tata Harrier SUV will be powered by a Fiat-sourced 2.0-litre turbocharged diesel engine, dubbed the ‘Kryotec engine'. The engine produces 138bhp and 320Nm of torque mated to a six-speed manual gearbox as standard. There will also be an automatic transmission, introduced at a later stage.

Tata Harrier All-Wheel-Drive Variant Not Available; Launch Expected In Mid-January 2019

Bookings for the new Tata Harrier has already begun, for an amount of Rs 30,000. The Harrier SUV will be the flagship model from the Indian brand and is expected to be priced around the Rs 15 - 20 lakh range.

Tata Harrier All-Wheel-Drive Variant Not Available; Launch Expected In Mid-January 2019

Thoughts On The Tata Harrier All-Wheel-Drive System

The Tata Harrier SUV is one of the most-awaited product in its segment. The Tata Harrier, once launched in the Indian market will rival the likes of the Jeep Compass, Mahindra XUV500 and the Hyundai Creta.

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Article Published On: Friday, November 30, 2018, 11:31 [IST]
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