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Tata Motors introduced the Harrier SUV in the Indian market, back in January this year. The car is offered with a starting price of Rs 12.69 lakh while the top-spec comes priced at Rs 16.25 lakh. Both prices are ex-showroom (Delhi).
The five-seater SUV from Tata Motors is available with a single engine option. This is in the form of a 2.0-litre 'Kryotec' diesel engine producing 140bhp and 350Nm of peak torque. It is further mated to a standard six-speed manual gearbox. The Tata Harrier claims to offer an ARAI-certified mileage figure of 16.7km/l.
Though, the diesel-powered Harrier is a decent performer and offers a lot for its price, there are still many waiting for the automatic and petrol variants of the SUV. Tata Motors has already confirmed that they are working towards the introduction of an automatic transmission for the Harrier SUV.
The new automatic gearbox will initially be the Hyundai-sourced six-speed torque-converter unit. This automatic transmission unit will feature along with the petrol-powered Harrier, which is expected to launch in India sometime in 2020. Tata will however, replace the torque-converter unit with a dual-clutch automatic gearbox at a later stage. This DCT gearbox will further be available on both the petrol and diesel-powered Harrier models in the country.
However, Tata Motors has also confirmed that the petrol-powered Harrier will not be introduced in India anytime this year. According to the company, the Tata Harrier automatic-petrol variant will only come into the market, once the BS-VI emission norms are implemented.
The new petrol engine on the Tata Harrier is said to be in the form of a 1.6-litre unit. It is expected to produce a similar power output of around 140bhp, which can be increased further on larger cars, with the addition of a turbocharger.
Once the petrol and the automatic variants of the Harrier are introduced in the market, it will make its way onto the Tata Cassini (Buzzard) as well. The Tata Cassini or Buzzard made its debut at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, and is essentially a seven-seater version of the Harrier; expected to launch in India sometime end-2019.
The seven-seater Harrier-based SUV will be powered by the same 2.0-litre diesel unit as on the five-seater version. However, Tata Motors will increase the power output from 140bhp to 170bhp on the Cassini SUV. We can expect a similar bump in power output for the petrol variant as well.
Thoughts On The Tata Harrier Automatic & Petrol Variants
Since the launch of the Tata Harrier in the Indian market, customers have been requesting for an automatic variant of the five-seater SUV. Tata has confirmed that the Harrier will receive an automatic transmission, however, are yet to reveal any details or an exact timeline for its launch in India. Along with the automatic, Tata Motors have also confirmed the plans to introduce a petrol-powered Harrier as well, although both the petrol and automatic variants will be launched only in 2020.