Speculations abound that the Tata Harrier will be the country’s first SUV to receive a BMW X6-like coupe-crossover treatment that will make it look even more stunning
If speculations are to be believed, Tata Motors, the popular homegrown SUV specialist, is working on a new model based on the Harrier that will feature a SUV-coupe design layout. A digital illustration from IndianAutosBlog has visualized the rumoured body-style for the SUV in a digital rendering.
The rendering above gives us a look at the Tata Harrier Coupe with a BMW X6-like body style and huge, 22-inch alloy wheels.
First launched in the 2008, the BMW X6 is arguably the most successful coupe SUV. Based on the X5, it’s marketed as a ‘Sports Activity Coupe’. Essentially, it’s a sedan on stilts but the luxury car has managed to impress everyone with the amalgamation of ruggedness, sophisticated design and sedan-like dynamics. Mainstream carmakers like Skoda and Renault have already started working on SUV-coupe models for the international markets. Back home, in India, Tata Motors will probably launch the Harrier Coupe to impress the masses.
As suggested by the above rendering, the front-end of the Tata Harrier coupe will remain majorly unchanged, with the SUV retaining its multi-tier lighting elements, a sleek grille and a bold bumper. The major remodelling, however, will be seen in the side profile, where the Harrier will undergo a massive alteration after the B-pillars. The rear doors will be new, while the C-pillars will be a lot more raking to give it a proper coupe-SUV look. The company might even drop the ground-clearance a bit for a sportier stance. While the steeply-raking roofline would reduce the head-space for the rear passengers, it would give the Harrier a thoroughly dynamic look.
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While the official details on the launch timeline of the Tata Harrier coupe-SUV aren't available at this point of time, the company will soon launch a three-row version of its flagship SUV that will launch under the 'Gravitas' nameplate. On the other hand, the Coupe-SUV, when it arrives to showrooms, will help the company differentiate itself in the INR 15-20 lakh (ex-showroom) category with a model primarily positioned in the lifestyle segment.