Tata Motors plans to spawn a new SUV called Harrier has been around for a long time. The concept is known as the Tata H5X Concept, which first appeared at the India Auto Expo last February. As a modern SUV, it immediately amazed the public because it did not reflect the design of other Tata cars.

Naturally, the LR-MS platform is a construction made by Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) which is also used by Land Rover Discovery Sport and Jaguar E-Pace. It will even be the foundation of the latest generation Range Rover Evoque. JLR’s ownership effect should produce results like this. But the naming of the Harrier System caused controversy. Because it’s familiar in the Toyota SUV lineup, as the Lexus RX twin.

That is not the issue that I want to discuss this time. The Harrier system is starting to approach the moment of its launch next year. Now it’s in the testing phase and some of the processes are being published to show off capabilities. First, the Harrier has passed a road test of 2.2 million kilometers to test its endurance. Various road conditions were passed, until torturing his legs on bumpy roads.

Then performed ‘4 Poster Test’ to test the ability of the suspension leg in severe terrain conditions. Each four hydraulic poles support the wheel and keep moving to simulate road conditions. Ordinary to test the development of a new suspension system.

No less important, showing capability in off-road terrain. The demonstration was shown through the ability to pass through a deep pool of water. This test to find out the size of the ‘wading depth’ can be hit. Although not disclosed exactly, the manufacturer just wants to make sure that the OMEGA ARC platform (Optimal Modular Efficient Global Advanced Architecture) can make it “swim”.

Most recently, Tata Motors revealed the engine used by Harrier. Called KRYOTEC, it is a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder diesel unit sourced from Fiat. In fact, this engine is a 2.0-liter Multijet Fiat which was renamed Tata. Modern diesel is supported by variable geometry turbocharger (VGT) and has several driving modes. Tata also revealed the matter of the terrain response system which is likely to be similar to that in Land Rover. Indicates the all wheel drive (AWD) drive for the highest variant.

Because in India is still more popular manual transmission, it is ensured standard for Harrier diesel engines. While automatic transmission options also exist. As announced by Tata, the automatic transmission is a conventional torque converter with 6 levels of acceleration and was developed by Hyundai. There is no certainty regarding the gasoline engine. It seems that related to emissions regulations that are difficult to fulfill. (Odi / Van)

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