Tata Harrier H7X 7 seater SUV to launch in Feb 2020 at the Auto Expo
Even though Tata Harrier is yet to be launched, reports about launch plans of the Harrier’s 7 seater variant have been making rounds. Tata Motors has already confirmed that the Harrier will be available in 5 seater format at first, and then as a 7 seater variant.
It is expected that 7-seater Harrier will be unveiled as H7X concept, either at Geneva Motor Show next year, and production ready variant may debut at the 2020 Auto Expo. H7X will utilize the same OMEGA Arc (Optimal Modular Efficient Global Advanced Architecture) platform, as can be seen on Harrier. Based on Land Rover’s D8 platform, Omega Arc governs various key parameters such as wheelbase, suspension system, seating configuration, etc.
Tata Harrier H7X will come with a three row seating configuration, but its wheelbase is expected to be the same as that of Harrier. 5+2 seating configuration is already available for top spec variant of Land Rover Discovery Sport in India and it has almost the same length as that of Harrier (4598 mm). This implies that H7X may not have to undertake any major changes in length to accommodate two additional seats. Land Rover Discovery Sport is 5600 mm long and H7X could have the same measurements.
Land Rover has a flexible third row that can be collapsed to increase boot space. Second row seats have sliding function and the same could be introduced in H7X. However, there can be minor changes in line with the unique design and style of Harrier. H7X might get bigger wheels and may also offer sunroof that many people are missing in Harrier. Tata Motors has confirmed that the Harrier 7 seater variant will be very different in design to the 5 seater variant. It will be easily differentiable.
Engine for H7X will be the same one being used for Harrier. Branded as Kryotec by Tata Motors, the Fiat sourced 2.0L, 4-cylinider turbocharged diesel engine with more power and torque. This is the same engine, as being used in Jeep compass.
However, the one on Jeep Compass has been configured to deliver increased power of 173 PS. A similar power configuration can be utilized for H7X, making it more powerful than the Harrier 5 seater. As of now, Harrier only offers 6-speed transmission, but H7X will be offering both manual and automatic transmission at the time of launch. Prices could range in the Rs 18-23 lakhs range, on-road.