The automatic version of Tata Harrier is likely to make its debut in India by mid-2019 with a Hyundai-sourced 6-speed torque converter.
After the successful launch of the much-awaited Tata Harrier 2019 in the country, Tata Motors plans on extending its range by an automatic version of Harrier in the pipeline to come in Q2 of 2019. While the earlier variants are receiving good signals from the enthusiasts with a decent 420 units sold in the first month, the automatic Harrier is expected to spark larger attention.
Tata Motors will introduce an automatic version of Harrier in India in mid-2019
The Tata Harrier is the first vehicle of the home-grown carmaker to utilise the new Impact Design 2.0 Philosophy. The flagship SUV is also the first Tata offering to be based on the JLR-inspired OMEGA platform providing the monocoque construction. Confirmed by Guenter Butschek, Tata Motors India’s Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, the five-seater version of the Harrier with an automatic gearbox will retain the superb architecture of the early comer and on the cards to go on sale within 2019.
The Harrier automatic should borrow the same architecture as the manual version
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The first spy picture of the Tata Harrier AT revealed that its automatic transmission would be a six-step torque converter derived from Hyundai and sit below the drive mode selector. The model will get the power from a Fiat-sourced Kryotec 4-cylinder turbo-diesel burner only which is tuned for 140 PS of max power and 350 Nm of peak torque. Expected to appear with three different drive modes, namely Eco, City and Sport along with three terrain response modes – Normal, Wet and Rough, the Tata Harrier automatic will enhance the handling and ride smoothness as well as higher responsiveness in various difficult driving situations.
While the interior of the new Tata car is yet to be revealed, we can expect the same 8.8-inch floating infotainment touchscreen, JBL speakers, 7-inch MID display as in the ongoing Harrier. The safety kits could encompass dual airbags, ESP, Hill-hold assists, hill-descent control, electronic traction control, ISOFIX child seat anchorages and more.
The upcoming Tata Harrier AT might be available in 4 variants including XMA, XTA, XZA and XZA+ grades. The estimated price of the new Harrier stands at around Rs 12 Lakh (Ex-showroom, India). The SUV is set to have its first premiere at 2019 Geneva Motor Show then we could have a clearer look in the vehicle.
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