Tata H5X based H7X SUV will not be called Harrier – Mahindra XUV500 rival
Both, H5X and H7X SUVs are based on a JLR derived platform. One is a 5 seater, while the other is a 7 seater.
Tata Motors have just announced that the production version of the 5-seat H5X SUV concept will be called as Harrier and it is slated to hit the market early next year. It’s no secret that Tata is also working on a 7-seat version of the SUV which is expected to be ready a few months after the smaller version.
A report now reveals that the larger version will have a new name instead of carrying forward the Harrier branding. This indicates that the 7-seater may not be just an extended version of the Harrier but will incorporate significant styling differences to justify a different nameplate.
The SUV duo would play an important role in Tata Motors’ Turnaround 2.0 strategy. Based on the company’s Impact Design 2.0 philosophy, the styling of the H5X concept received widespread positive reviews from the public, thereby raising our expectations on the production-spec models.
The new family of premium SUVs which are earmarked to rival the likes of Mahindra XUV500 and Jeep Compass are underpinned by the automaker’s new Omega platform which is derived from Jaguar Land Rover D8 architecture after extensive cost optimization.
The twins will be powered by the Fiat-sourced 2.0-litre MultiJet II diesel engine which will be paired with a 9-speed automatic transmission by ZF and a newly developed 6 speed manual transmission. Expect all the modern safety and entertainment features on board both the SUVs. It will be offered with 2WD as well as 4WD option.
The estimated price range for Tata Harrier is around INR 13-16 lakhs (ex-showroom). We expect the 7-seat version to be priced around INR 2-3 lakhs higher. Harrier will compete with the likes of Creta and Compass, while the 7 seater H7X will take on the Mahindra XUV700.