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Tata Motors has officially confirmed that the Harrier's 7-seater version (H7X) will launch in India in 2019 itself. In the past few weeks, there were rumours that the Indian brand intended to launch it at Auto Expo 2020. However, the latest news regarding the launch of the Tata H7X was shared by none other than the brand's CEO & MD, Guenter Butschek.
Speaking to Autocar India, Butschek shared that the seven-seat Harrier will be part of a "firework of launches" in the calendar year 2019. This further confirms that there will be a lot of other exciting Tata products to look forward to as well.
At the moment, not much is known about the 7-seater Tata H7X. However, it will still employ Land Rover's D8 platform just like the much-awaited Tata Harrier (H5X). We have already driven the flagship Tata Motors product and you can know everything about it in our detailed Tata Harrier review.
The Tata Harrier is powered by 2.0-litre Kryotec diesel engine which makes 138bhp and 350Nm of torque. The H7X will sport the same power plant, but will be able to make close to 170bhp. Transmission choices would be a six-speed manual and a Hyundai-sourced torque converter automatic unit.
The highly-anticipated 7-seater Tata product is currently undergoing tests across India. We have also shared the spy pics of the Tata H7X, many times before. Though the test mules are heavily camouflaged, one can make out the similarities in proportion between it and the regular Harrier.
The upcoming 7-seater Harrier will be 62mm longer than the regular variant; thus allowing for an extra row of seats. The wheelbase remains the same at 2,741mm. The design theme (Impact 2.0) will also be quite similar to the regular version.
Once launched, the Tata H7X will be a cheaper and value-for-money alternative for the Toyota Fortuner and Ford Endeavour. Though we mention it as the "seven-seater version of the Tata Harrier", the H7X will carry a different nametag.
Thoughts On The Tata Harrier 7-Seater (H7X)
In the coming days, there will be better clarity as to what will be on offer in the H7X. Furthermore, the extensive test runs suggest that Tata Motors is aiming their upcoming flagship to be a game changer like the Tata Harrier (set to be launched on January 23).