New Delhi: One of Tata Motors’ popular SUVs, the Harrier, was recently spotted during testing in Spain. However, the model spotted is currently being sold in India. It was not the facelifted model, which is expected to be launched in India in the coming months.
Why testing is being conducted in Spain
The testing mule of the Harrier is being tested in Spain by Vitesco, a company that supplies several automotive parts to Tata Motors. This testing model features a 2.0-liter Stellantis Multijet diesel engine, which complies with BS 6 Stage 2 emission norms. It is reported that the testing involved evaluating certain sensors related to emission requirements, such as WLTP testing cycle and stricter emission standards, to assess its performance. However, the company has not confirmed whether the Harrier will be sold in the European market or not.
Possibility of removing the diesel engine
This testing is likely aimed at preparing the SUV for the next phase of emission standards in India, which will be more stringent than the current BS6 Stage 2 regulations. The Harrier and Safari might continue to have a diesel powertrain for the foreseeable future, as diesel engines are still preferred in this segment.
Launch of the facelifted model
Currently, Tata Motors is testing the mid-life updated models of the Harrier and Safari, which are expected to receive significant cosmetic tweaks, a new interior, and more features. The production of the facelifted Harrier and Safari could begin next month.
In India, the Harrier will compete against the Mahindra XUV700, which offers both 5-seater and 7-seater layouts. The XUV700 is available with both diesel and petrol engine options.