The Tata H5X will be called the Tata Harrier according to new reports. The company revealed the new SUV concept at the 2018 Auto Expo in New Delhi, and it gives a foregleam of a future production version of the Harrier. But we think it will be closer to the concept than people realise.
The Tata H5X is built on Jaguar Land Rover’s Omega platform (Optimal Modular Efficient Global Advanced), which has its basis in the JLR D8 platform. It’s effectively the same platform as that which underpins the Land Rover Discovery Sport and the Jaguar E-Pace.
This is the first clue that the H5X is close to a production reality. The second clue is the engine.
Tata only says it’s a diesel, but you can bet it’s the same Ingenium 2.0-litre turbocharged unit as found in the Disco Sport and the Evoque. That means a nine-speed ZF-sourced automatic.
Of course, a turbocharged petrol will probably feature, as well.
Both Jaguar and Land Rover have had a history of unveiling concepts which turned into production cars virtually unchanged. There was the F-Type (which spawned from the C-X16 Concept) and the Evoque (which came from the LRX Concept), so it seems that the parent company could possibly get in on the act.
Sure, the headlights will probably become a bit more usable, but like the new Santa Fe, we could see a split DRL and headlight assembly, with the DRLs sitting on top.
It also means that, like the Disco Sport, there will likely be both five and seven seat versions. Tata also says that the H5X will give customers “future reader connectivity and infotainment”. Granted, that bit’s a bit cryptic.
Tata is going directly after buyers of the Mahindra XUV500 and the Hyundai Creta, but because the H5X will be manufactured in India, pricing should be competitive.
Both manual and automatic versions will be offered, while there will be both two-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive available.
Suspension tuning will be specific to India, while included equipment will be announced when the vehicle goes on sale. And when will that be?
Tata H5X Indian Launch Date
While it’s just speculation, it should be fairly soon, given that Tata says that 85 per cent of the parts in the H5X will come through to the production car.
With how far advanced the H5X appears to be, we’d think that it will hit the market in early 2019, with next year’s New Delhi Auto Expo to have a production version.
But we should know the name before then.
Tata Harrier Price in India
|Tata H5X models||Price|
|Low spec||Rs 9 lakhs|
|High spec||Rs 16 lakhs|
It’s worth remembering that the above is speculation, based on competitor’s pricing.