Tata Motors It is developing a new petrol powertrain which will be used in its premium sports utility vehicles (SUVs) Harrier and Safari. A top official of the company gave this information. These models currently come with a two liter diesel engine. Tata Motors Passenger Vehicles Managing Director Shailesh Chandra said in a conversation with ‘PTI-Bhasha’ that the engine is being manufactured and in future it will be introduced in two models.
80 percent market depends on diesel
He said the company has focused only on diesel powertrain as 80 per cent of the market of around two lakh units per year in that segment is dependent on diesel. Harrier and Safari come in this segment.
The company is working on 1.5 liter GDI engine
Chandra said, “We initially focused on diesel for a simple reason that 80 per cent of the two lakh unit market for this SUV segment is basically diesel, which means customers want it because of its better ‘torque’ performance. Prefer diesel.” The Managing Director said that the company is working on 1.5 liter GDI engine. work in progress. It needs to be developed in a proper manner and moreover the product has to be integrated with the engine. Chandra said, “Apart from this, we are also working on capacity building. It (petrol engine) is a little far but it is coming.
Harrier and Safari facelift launched last week
Tata Motors last week introduced new models of Harrier and Safari with starting prices of Rs 15.49 lakh and Rs 16.19 lakh respectively. These upgraded versions of Harrier and Safari have received top safety ratings from Global NCAP. Both the SUVs have a new design outside and inside, while they are also loaded with many new features, but they will continue to compete with other cars like Mahindra Scorpio-N, XUV700, MG Hector and Hector Plus, Hyundai Alcazar. Comparably priced SUVs in the market.
Harrier and Safari Design
Exterior changes include a new front fascia that is unique to both the Safari and Harrier, redesigned split headlamps with LED DRLs spanning the width of the bonnet and a sportier bumper. The rear-end now gets full-width LED taillights, a new bumper as well as a new faux skid plate. Both the mid-size SUVs are now equipped with new mixed element wheels, ranging in size from 18 inches for the Harrier to 19 inches for the Safari facelift.