2018 Tata Harrier H5X based on Range Rover Evoque SUV – Can you spot the similarities?

Launch is scheduled to take place before March 2019.

At the 2018 Auto Expo, where the Tata Harrier made its global debut as the H5X concept, it was regaled for its design. The five seater gets a coupe-like design which is also seen in another car from the Tata family – Land Rover Range Rover Evoque. But it is not only design that the two SUVs share.

Apart from the coupe’ish SUV stance, the Tata Harrier will also be borrowing platform from Range Rover Evoque. Yes, both the cars are based on the Land Rover D8 platform. This is the same platform which forms the basis of Jaguar Land Rover cars like Evoque, Discovery Sport, E-Pace.

Harrier vs Evoque.

Thanks to this proven platform, Tata Motors claims that the new Harrier H5X will be their best SUV till date. Not only it will be a capable off-roader, but a proven luxury SUV with premium features. Tata Motors have stated that the Harrier will offer best in class power, performance, features and space.

Earlier this month, Tata Motors officially teased the Harrier SUV, where it revealed the production spec design of the car. It also showed the Harrier’s sleek LED headlights and taillights. Tata is using the modified version of the Land Rover platform, and calling it OMEGA. Harrier is the first Tata car to get the OMEGA platform. After H5X, it will be the H7X which will get this platform.

Powering the Tata Harrier in Africa will be a Fiat sourced 2.0 liter diesel engine. This engine we have already seen on board the Jeep Compass here. But, in the Harrier, a detuned variant of the engine will be on offer. Tata Harrier will get a 140 PS variant of the engine. It will be offered in manual as well as automatic transmission. Drive system will be both 2WD and 4WD.

Tata Motors has been seeing an upward trend in the African auto industry, thanks to new launches like Tiago, Tigor, Nexon and Hexa. It is the success of these new cars which paved the way for Harrier H5X, H7X and 45X. Tata Motors board has further approved Rs 7,000 crore investment for R&D, widening dealer network, etc. This will see that the car maker launches 12 new cars by 2021 in Africa.

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