Tata’s Harrier, which is presently one of the most popular SUVs in India, is likely to get a petrol engine variant by the next year. At present, the SUV is only available in a diesel engine option. It is also being assumed that the next Harrier will feature the company’s new in-house developed 1.6-litre petrol engine which comes with direct fuel injection capabilities.
The Tata Harrier petrol variant will most likely get a 6-speed manual and torque converter automatic transmission, which will later be replaced with a Dual-clutch automatic (DCT) in both petrol and diesel models.
It is also being anticipated that the new 1.6-litre petrol engine will be provided as standard with all the upcoming Tata cars that are based on the OMEGA architecture. It will be the first direct-injection (DI) engine from the company.
In terms of power, the new 1.6-litre petrol engine is expected to make around 140PS of max power and around 170Nm of peak torque, the same as the 1.6-litre DI engine of Hyundai. Also, the Harrier’s current 2.0-litre diesel engine makes the same amount of power. The OMEGA-ARC platform is reportedly compatible with both the existing 2.0-litre diesel engine and the upcoming 1.6-litre petrol engine. The engine can be further tweaked to produce more power and torque to be used in bigger cars.
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The new petrol Harrier is expected to bear a torque converter automatic transmission which will be replaced with a DCT (dual-clutch automatic transmission) in the coming future. The automatic transmission may also be added to other cars based on the ALFA-ARC platform, including the likes of Altroz and H2X.
In another news, Tata Harrier reportedly beat Jeep compass in terms of sales in February 2019 month. The 5-seater Harrier SUV, which was launched in January this year, has achieved a sales figure of 1,449 units during Feb ‘19, as opposed to the rival Jeep Compass which reportedly sold 1,304 units during the period. Tata Motors has also registered a 2 percent year-on-year overall sales growth for February 2019 by selling 18,110 units during the period, as opposed to 17,771 units sold during the same period last year.