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Tata Motors will be offering its flagship SUV, the Harrier with a new engine option. The company will be introducing a new petrol engine on the SUV and is expected to arrive sometime next year in the market. Ahead of its launch, the Harrier petrol has been spied testing in the country.
According to the latest set of spy images revealed by Rushlane, we could notice the Harrier test mule completely camouflaged while doing the latest rounds of testing. The test mule is also using an emission measurement apparatus to check for BS6 compliance as well.
The company currently do not have a bigger capacity petrol engine in its line-up. The biggest petrol engine Tata Motors has is the one powering the Nexon SUV, a 1.2-litre three-cylinder ‘Revotron' turbo unit producing a maximum of 119bhp and a peak torque of 170Nm of torque.
The three-cylinder turbo-unit produces sufficient power to propel the compact-SUV. However, the same 1.2-litre engine will not be enough for the massive Harrier. As a result, the company will be developing a new turbo-petrol engine for its flagship SUV.
Tata Motors is expected to develop a four-cylinder version of the Nexon's 1.2-litre unit. The capacity will be increased to 1.5-litre and is could produce close to 150bhp and a peak torque of 250Nm of torque. The petrol version of the Harrier is expected to be sold in both automatic and manual variants as well.
Rest of the design and features are expected to be borrowed from the outgoing diesel-powered SUV. This includes the split-style LED headlamps, sleek-looking LED taillamps, dual-tone alloy wheels and more.
The Harrier Petrol will continue to have the same interior as the diesel variant that includes an 8.8-inch touchscreen infotainment system that supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, cruise control, steering-mounted audio controls, 7-inch colour MID, climate control and a nine-speaker JBL premium audio system.
The transition into BS6 emission norms has seen an increase in demand for turbo-petrol units in the Indian market. The Tata Harrier primarily rivals the MG Hector, which has received a good response for its petrol variants sold in the market.
Tata Motors aims to bank on the growing demand for the turbo-petrol engines in the Indian market. Also, with the introduction of the Harrier petrol, the company aims to compete with its key market rivals to win back sales.
Thoughts About The Harrier Petrol Variant Spied Ahead Of Launch
Tata Motors is looking to offer an additional powertrain on the Harrier SUV catering to the current demand and market trend. The additional powertrain option will also help the brand target a wider customer base, which will help boost sales for the brand.