The home-grown automaker has confirmed that a new gasoline burner will be introduced to the Tata Harrier and Gravitas this year.
Tata Harrier is currently available with a 2.0-litre oil burner which is available with two transmission options- a 6-speed manual gearbox and a 6-speed automatic unit. The automatic transmission was introduced a couple of months ago before which the Harrier was powered by a less powerful diesel motor mated with a manual transmission. The Tata Harrier will get a petrol engine option by the end of this year, thereby increasing its competitiveness in the teeming SUV segment in India. Most of its competitors have already got a petrol motor.
The Tata Harrier is expected to get a new petrol engine by 2020-end.
The petrol engine which is reported to become one of the power sources of the Tata Harrier is expected to be the 1.5-litre turbocharged gasoline unit. The development of the motor is underway. It is anticipated to generate a maximum power of over 150 BHP. The specific output will be announced at its launch. Even if the maximum power of the new petrol is 150 BHP, it will turn out to be more powerful than the 2020 Creta, MG Hector and Kia Seltos, all of which deliver 143 BHP.
The transmission options will be carried over from the diesel version: 6-speed MT and 6-speed AT. Since paddle shifters are reportedly being developed for the Altroz, they are also expected to be introduced on the Harrier petrol. Moreover, the Tata Harrier petrol will be offered with different drive modes including a Sport Mode.
The Tata Harrier will experience no alterations as regards the features.
The features list of the SUV will remain the same. It will be equipped with automatic headlights, Harmon Kardon-sourced touchscreen infotainment system, a panoramic sunroof, autocruise, electrically adjusted driver seat, etc. The Tata Harrier is currently priced in the range of INR 13.69 lakh to INR 20.25 lakh. The petrol version of the SUV is expected to get a starting price of around Rs 12.5 lakh (all prices are ex-showroom), which is slightly lower than the diesel version.