Another day and another set of details from Tata Motors on its upcoming Harrier SUV. The latest communication from Tata Motors is centred around the Harrier’s engine. The engine has been christened the Kryotec. Tata says the name is inspired from ‘the Cryogenic rocket engine known for its power and reliability’.
Tata Motors hasn’t revealed exact engine displacement or power and torque figures but as is widely known the engine is derived from Fiat’s four-cylinder Multijet 2.0 unit that powers the Jeep Compass. The engine will produce around 140hp on the Harrier though a larger seven seat version of the SUV that is due later will come with the 170hp version of the engine like that on the Jeep. On the Harrier, the engine will come with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard and will also be offered with the option of a Hyundai-sourced six-speed automatic.
Without delving into the finer points Tata Motors says the Harrier’s engine will feature an electronically controlled variable geometry turbocharger, a low friction valve train and an advanced EGR system. The engine, says Tata Motors, is benchmarked against global standards for performance and refinement.
Tata Motors has also confirmed the Harrier will comes with multiple drive modes that will work in conjunction with ‘Terrain Response Modes of the ESP’. The Harrier will be built on Tata’s Omega Arc platform that has its roots in Land Rover’s D8 architecture, so it’s safe to expect all-wheel drive-equipped Harriers to be competent off-road.
Tata Motors has already teased the design and styling of the new SUV and shared details of what to expect on the inside too. The production-spec Harrier itself has been caught testing repeatedly just about everywhere, in the Himalayas and even at the Kari Motor Speedway.
The Tata Harrier is set to go on sale in January 2019, and will take on the upcoming Kia SP-based SUV and Nissan Kicks, in addition to the Hyundai Creta and Renault Captur already on sale.
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