Tata Motors will be showing 4 new cars at the 2019 Geneva Auto Show next week. This includes Altroz, Altroz EV, Hornbill, and H7X. Popularly known as 7-seater Harrier, Tata H7X has now been teased officially. Tata H7X will come with seven seats and offer a more powerful diesel engine, as compared to Harrier. It is also expected to have automatic transmission option.
Front will look more or less similar to Harrier, but it is the rear design which will be featuring major change. Instead of Harrier’s coupe styled rear, the H7X will have a much more SUVish stance, as can be seen in the first official sketch below. It will debut as concept, called Tata Buzzard.
Spy shots confirm that the front section of Tata Harrier 7 seater looks quite similar to Harrier, but sides tell a different story. H7X appears taller than Harrier and has additional features such as roof rails and running boards. It sports 18-inch alloy wheels, similar to the ones used on Land Rover Discovery Sport. Bigger wheels definitely add to the SUV’s appeal and Tata may introduce these in production variant.
With 3 rows of seats, Tata H7X has a boxy, upright design towards the rear. This ensures adequate headroom for third row passengers. H7X comes with prominent rear spoiler and a new boot lid that has a larger windshield. Other cosmetic changes can also be made to differentiate H7X from Harrier. H7X will be based on Land Rover’s D8 platform, which is called Omega Arc in Tata speak. H7X will be the second car based on the Omega Arc platform, which has been tested for 22 lakh kms by Tata Motors.
H7X will be 62 mm longer than Harrier, but wheelbase will be same at 2,741 mm. Another key change is a larger rear-quarter glass that replaces the cool ‘pinched’ window line. Interiors of H7X are expected to be similar to Harrier, but some additional features can be added for third row passengers such as AC vents, USB charging points, cooled cup holders, sunroof, and reclining function. With the addition of third row, H7X will have to sacrifice boot space. Harrier offers a large 425-litre boot space.
Tata H7X engine will be compliant with BS-VI emission norms and it will be more powerful than Harrier. It is expected to deliver more than 170 hp power and 350 Nm of torque. Transmission options will include 6-speed manual and 6-speed torque converter automatic gearbox sourced from Hyundai.
H7X will get an entirely new name to distinguish it from Harrier. It is expected to cost around a 2-3 more than Harrier, that is available for Rs 12.69-16.25 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). Tata H7X is expected to be launched later this year in India.