Tata went on to introduce a three-row version of the Harrier in India in January 2021, naming it after the iconic ‘Safari’ SUV. The 6- and 7-seat SUV is also offered with the same 2.0-litre Kryotec diesel engine, which can either be had with a 6-speed manual transmission or an optional 6-speed torque converter AT. While the Harrier and Safari remain diesel-only, all other mid-size SUVs in India are currently offered with a petrol engine.
With the future of diesel looking bleak in India, Tata Motors is finally working on introducing a new petrol motor for its two flagship SUVs. The company went on to showcase a brand new 1.5-litre four-cylinder turbocharged TGDi engine at the ongoing Auto Expo 2023. The in-house developed engine is claimed to produce 170 PS of maximum power at 5,000 rpm and 280 Nm of peak torque between 2,000 – 3,500 rpm.
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What’s more, the new 1.5-litre TGDi motor complies with the upcoming Bharat Stage 6 (BS6) Phase 2 norms, and will also be E20 fuel compliant. Tata Motors hasn’t revealed the transmission options that will be available with the new petrol engine, however, a 6-speed manual transmission could be on offer along with an optional dual-clutch automatic.
No tentative date has been announced by the brand yet, but we expect the petrol engines to be launched for the Harrier and Safari in 2024. At arrival, the new turbo petrol engine will be offered alongside the current diesel motor. Introduction of the new petrol powertrain will also bring down the Harrier and Safari’s base price, thus, improving the competitiveness in the segment.
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