Tata Jat Express Second Train In 24 Hours To Be Robbed By Armed Men Near Delhi


The second incident took place between Badli and Holambi Kalan, railways said. (Representational)

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Passengers returning from the Kumbh Mela in Allahabad on board the Tata Jat Express were robbed Thursday by armed men near Delhi.

This is the second such incident to have taken place on board a train today while nearing the national capital. Earlier, passengers of two AC coaches of the Jammu-Delhi Duronto Express were robbed.

The second incident took place before 2 am between Badli and Holambi Kalan, railways said.

“The train was attended by RPF and GRP at Sonipat station at 01:55 hrs, where passenger of S-8, Ramnath Maurya, reported loot of Rs 1,000 and small injury in left hand. He has been provided preliminary treatment at Panipat.

“He said that he will lodge (an) FIR at destination station. The train was not escorted by the RPF. The matter is being thoroughly investigated,” railways said.

Passengers alleged that mobile phones, jewellery and cash were looted from them at gunpoint.

In the earlier incident, a passenger wrote descriptive details on the railways’ complaints portal, alleging how they were robbed at knife point but could not find any help.





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Baleno Rivalling Tata 45X Continues To Testing In India


The upcoming Tata 45X is expected to go on sale by early next year and will take on the Maruti Suzuki Baleno, Hyundai i20, Honda Jazz and the upcoming Toyota -badged version of the Baleno.




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The upcoming Tata 45X will be based on the automaker’s new Alpha modular platform

While Tata Motors‘ next big launch is the Harrier SUV scheduled for launch on January 23, 2019, the automaker will be entering the premium hatchback segment towards the end of this year or in early 2020 with the 45X. The Tata 45X was one of the two new concepts (alongside the H5X) the company showcased at the 2018 Auto Expo and will transform into a Maruti Suzuki Baleno rival. With the launch sometime away, Tata is aggressively testing the car and we’ve got our hands on a new spy shot of test mule.

Also Read: Tata Harrier Launch Details Revealed

With the Tiago, Tata Motors has taken a completely new and refreshing approach towards the design called Impact 2.0 and the same will be seen on the 45X as well. The model is expected to get sharp lines, an aggressive front with a bold grille and sleek headlamps not too different from the Harrier. In fact, Tata could replicate the daytime running lights design from the Harrier that double up as turn indicators as well. The 45X concept was an extremely good looking model and we expect the automaker to retain most of it on the production version as well.

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The Tata 45X concept debuted at the 2018 Auto Expo

Details are scarce on the Tata 45X but reports suggest that the hatchback will be called Aquilla upon launch and will be based on the company’s new modular Alpha platform. Previous spy shots have also revealed the cabin on the 45X including the massive 7-inch MID unit for the instrument console borrowed from the Harrier, as well as the floating 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system that will support Apple CarPlay and Android Auto among other connectivity options.

Other features will include climate control, voice command, navigation and more on the upcoming offering. Engine options on the new Tata 45X or Aquilla are likely to be shared with the Nexon subcompact SUV. This includes the 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol and the 1.5-litre turbo diesel on offer. Both units are likely to get manual and automatic options upon launch. We also expect safety features to be top notch on the 45X, possibly a 5-star Global NCAP rating too, much like the Nexon. 

Also Read: Tata 45X Interior Spied For The First Time

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The Tata 45X gets the floating infotainment system & flat-bottom steering wheel | Pic Credit: Gaadiwaadi

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The Tata 45X is still sometime away from launch but when it does hit the market, the hatchback will take on a host of offerings including the Honda Jazz, Volkswagen Polo, Maruti Suzuki Baleno, Hyundai i20 and Toyota’s version of the Baleno scheduled for launch in next fiscal. A JTP version of the 45X is also likely and the one we look forward to as well.

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Tata Motors’ Global wholesales Went Down By 13.9% In December 2018


Tata Motors’ total global wholesales for December 2018, including Jaguar Land Rover, were at 100,551 vehicles, a decline of 13.9 per cent, compared to December 2017.




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Tata’s global wholesales stood at 100,551 vehicles, against the 116,783 units from December 2017

Tata Motors Group today released its global wholesale figures for the month of December 2018. The company’s total wholesales, for the last month of 2018, reached 100,551, a decline of 13.9 per cent, compared to December 2017, when the company sold about 116,783 units. This also includes the global wholesales numbers of Jaguar Land Rover and CLJR for the month of December 2018 and the Global wholesales of all Tata Motors’ commercial vehicles and Tata Daewoo range for the same month.

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Jaguar Land Rover total wholesales reached 45,474 vehicles in December 2018


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Tata Motors‘ total wholesales in December 2018 just from passenger vehicle business reached 59,898 units, seeing a 14 per cent decline, compared to the wholesales numbers achieved during the same month in 2017, which was about 69,648 vehicles. Out of the total passenger vehicles wholesales, Jaguar Land Rover’s contribution was 45,474 vehicles. JLR’s number for December 2018 also includes 5007 vehicles that came from CJLR volumes, the JV between JLR and Chery Automobiles. Jaguar wholesales for the month were 14,088 vehicles, while Land Rover wholesales for the month were 31,386 vehicles.

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Global wholesales of all Tata Motors’ commercial vehicles and Tata Daewoo range in December 2018 reached 40,653 units, a decline of 14 per cent against what the company achieved in December 2017. During the same month in 2017, the company’s global wholesales from commercial vehicle business were about 47,270 units.

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Tata 45X Premium Hatchback Interior Spied For The First Time


The Tata 45X or the Aquilla will be the new Maruti Suzuki Baleno rival in the premium hatchback space and will share a host of its components with the Harrier and Nexon.




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The Tata 45X hatchback is likely to be launched towards the end of 2019

Tata Motors revealed to very important concepts at the 2018 Auto Expo and while we’ve seen the H5X evolve into the good-looking Harrier SUV, there’s also the 45X premium hatchback that will hit the markets by the end of this year. With the launch still some time away, the Tata 45X hatchback was recently spotted testing and the latest spy images give a glimpse of what the cabin will look like on the Maruti Suzuki Baleno and Hyundai i20 rival. The 45X will also mark Tata’s entry into an all-new segment as it aims to be present in 90 per cent of the Indian auto market in the coming years.

Also Read: Tata Harrier Launch Date Announced


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Rumoured to be called Tata Aquilla upon launch, the 45X spy shots reveal a host of details about the upcoming model. Most noticeable is the new semi-digital instrument console that looks identical to the one on the Harrier. The unit comes with the analogue speedometer while a plethora of information is available on the massive 7-inch MID unit in the centre. The spy image shows a fuel efficiency figure of 18 kmpl, which is a promising should it be consistent on the production model. The digital display is capable of showing navigation signs as well, which we expect will be offered on the upcoming hatchback.

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The Tata 45X gets the floating touchscreen infotainment system and a flat-bottom steering wheel

In addition, the Tata 45X will also come with the floating touchscreen infotainment system that is already available on the Tata Nexon and the Harrier. The system is capable of features like Bluetooth connectivity, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, along with a host of other features. An 8-speaker audio system similar to that on the Nexon is also likely to be offered on the Aquilla hatchback. The model also gets a multi-function steering wheel with a flat bottom that certainly keeps us interested in knowing the performance figures.

With respect to engine options, the Tata 45X is likely to share its powertrain with the Nexon using the same 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol and 1.5-litre turbocharged diesel under the hood. The Aquilla will also get multiple driving modes as is the case with all new Tata models. A JTP version is hopefully on the cards as well and will make a good rival to the Volkswagen Polo GT and the Maruti Suzuki Baleno ₹

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The Tata 45X Concept was first revealed at the 2018 Auto Expo

The 45X will be based on the newly-developed Alpha modular platform that will help the automaker spawn more products in the future including a compact sedan, much like what the OMEGARC underpinning the Harrier will do in the years to come. More details on the Tata 45X are expected in the coming months, meanwhile the Indian auto giant is gearing up to introduce the Harrier in the country on January 23, 2019.

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Tata Motors’ December 2018 Sales Drop By 8 Per Cent


Tata Motors’ cumulative vehicles sales dropped by 8 per cent at 50,440 units in December 2018 owing to liquidity crisis in the industry, higher interest rates and rising fuel costs that continued to impact the industry.

Tata Motors’ commercial and passenger vehicles sales dropped by 8 per cent at 50,440 units in December 2018 as against 54,627 in 2017. The liquidity crisis in the industry, higher interest rates and rising fuel costs continued to impact the commercial vehicle sales, with M&HCV and I&LCV segment witnessing a decline while the passenger vehicle business bounced back. The cumulative sales for the domestic market (April-December 2018) was at 497,972 units compared to 398,764 units over last year, a growth of 25 per cent.

Tata Motors’ passenger vehicles business sales recorded a growth of 1 per cent, at 14,260 units as compared to 14,180 units sold in December 2017, due to good demand for new generation passenger vehicles. The company is gearing up for the launch of its much awaited SUV, Tata Harrier, in January 2019. Cumulative sales growth of PV in the domestic market for the fiscal (April-December 2018) were at 156,397 units, a growth of 21 per cent, compared to 129,229 units, in the same period, last fiscal.


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The company’s commercial vehicle business declined in December 2018 at 36,180 units, by 11 per cent, compared to 40,447 units sold in December 2017, Cumulative sales for the fiscal (April-December 2018) at 341,575 units have grown by 27 per cent, compared to 269,535 units sold last year same period. The M&HCV truck segment declined by 27 per cent, at 11,506 units, compared to 15,828 units over last December. This segment was largely impacted by drop in cargo sales due to low consumer sentiments.

The I&LCV truck segment reported sales of 4,846 units, relatively unaffected with a marginal decline of 5 per cent over last year. The demand in I&LCV sales has been led by the e-commerce sector, increased rural consumption, supported by new products. The SCV Cargo and Pickup segment continued its growth momentum with sales of 16,367 units, up by 8 per cent over 15,105 units sold in December 2017

The company’s sales from exports from both commercial and passenger vehicles businesses in December 2018 was at 3,999 units as against 6,293 units in December 2017, lower by 36 per cent, due to sharp TIV contraction in Bangladesh due to elections and political uncertainty in Sri Lanka.

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Tata Harrier Vs Nissan Kicks Vs Rivals: Specification Comparison


The Hyundai Creta has been a runaway success for the Korean carmaker right from the start and has been India’s bestselling compact SUV for long. The benchmark it has set in the segment has always been a challenge to comprehend for the competition. However, January 2019 is going to be rather interesting as the compact SUV segment will see not one but two new SUVs coming- the highly anticipated Tata Harrier and Nissan Kicks. carandbike team has driven both the SUVs and they not only stood on our expectations but have surpassed them by a margin. While it is not possible to justify the package as the prices are still awaited, in the meantime, we are comparing their specifications to assert how well they will stand against the competition on paper.

Exterior And Platform






Model Tata Harrier Nissan Kicks Hyundai Creta Jeep Compass Renault Captur
Length 4598 mm 4384 mm 4270 mm 4395 mm 4329 mm
Width 1894 mm 1813 mm 1780 mm 1818 mm 1813 mm
Height 1706 mm 1656 mm 1630 mm 1640 mm 1619 mm
Wheelbase 2741 mm 2673 mm 2590 mm 2636 mm 2673 mm
2qpeb78sThe Tata Harrier has the biggest footprint in the segment.

A huge edge for the Tata Harrier comes from the OMEGA Platform it is based on. The OMEGA platform is a derivative of Land Rover’s D8 platform which underpinned the Freelander 2 and was modified for the Discovery Sport. The Harrier also debuts Tata’s new IMPACT 2.0 design philosophy and stands true to the H5X concept which was unveiled at the 2018 Auto Expo. The Harrier is not only larger in dimensions than the Nissan Kicks and Hyundai Creta, but also has the largest footprint in its segment.

Also Read: Tata Harrier SUV Review

b6ekht2The India-spec Nissan Kicks is bigger in dimensions than the global model.

The India-spec Nissan Kicks is underpinned by the MO platform which is also shared by the Renault Captur, Renault Duster and Nissan Terrano. The MO platform is more robust than the one on which the global model is based on and has a bigger footprint which translates into better cabin space. It is also marginally bigger than the Renault Captur. Though the Nissan Kicks looks more of a crossover with its angular proportions, treatments like a floating roof, bold body claddings, slightly exaggerated wheel arches and a hunkered down front housing the wide Nissan ‘V’ grille give it a nicer and butch looking stance.

Also Read: Nissan Kicks First Drive Review

hyundai creta facelift reviewThe Hyundai Creta gets the family cascade grille which makes it face look wider.

The Hyundai Creta has been the undisputed leader in the compact SUV segment for long. It is underpinned by Hyundai’s PB platform which is also the basis for many other Hyundai and KIA models. The Hyundai Creta had received a facelift earlier this year which has made its much-admired urban SUV look even better with a newly profiled bumper and the three-slat cascade grille which has made it look wider up-front. There hasn’t been any major change in the side profile and the rear bumper has just been slightly tweaked to fit the skid plate.

Also Read:2018 Hyundai Creta Review: The Trend-Setter

jeep compass reviewThe Jeep Compass is based on the Renegade’s derived MK platform.

The Jeep Compass is based on the MK platform which is a modified version of the Jeep Renegade’s platform. The MK platform has also been widely acknowledged for its robust characteristics and has been the key factor in getting the Compass a five-star rating in the GNCAP. The Compass is one of the most proportionate compact SUVs around and its ‘on the face’ front housing the prominent seven-slat grille looks butch. The sides and rear of Compass have been kept simple, though the wheel arches and haunches are a bit flown out in a bid to add some SUV appeal.

Also Read: Jeep Compass Diesel SUV Review

2qfhoab4The Renault Captur is marginally smaller than the Nissan Kick.

The Renault Captur is based on the same MO platform as the Kicks which is its counterpart from Renault. However, it is not nearly identical in dimensions as is the case with the Duster and Terrano and there is a marginal difference between the Captur and Kicks. The Captur, in fact, is shorter and lesser in height than the Kicks; however, has the same wheelbase and width. They both are exactly not the same even in design like the Duster and Terrano and has their own builds and appearances. The front of the Captur is more upright than the Kicks and though it also has a floating roof, its flanks are more curved inwards and the window line rises towards the end giving it more of a spherical view from the side.

Also Read: Renault Captur Petrol Review

Interiors



Model Tata Harrier Nissan Kicks Hyundai Creta Jeep Compass Renault Captur
Boot Space 425 litres 400 litres 405 litres 408 litres 392 litres
ge5tp4s4The Harrier’s cabin looks uncluttered and futuristic and packs in a good dose of features.

The Tata Harrier has the largest footprint in all and of course, has the most spacious cabin. Now what adds to the package is the quality of materials and finish of the cabin. Everything from the oak wood palette used on the dash and grab handles to the soft touch upholstery feel plush and better than its class. Aesthetically the cabin of the Harrier too looks alluring and uncluttered, be it the wraparound dash with a binnacle line running the width of the cabin or the 8.8-inch floating touchscreen which is high on functionality and eliminates many buttons. The Tata Harrier at 425 litres has the biggest boot space too of them all with all seats up which can be further expanded to 800 litres.

0rt2ava8The Nissan Kicks cabin gets soft-touch materials on the dash and door pads.

The cabin of the India-spec Nissan Kicks has also been applauded and is better finished and equipped than the global model. It also gets soft-touch treatment on the dash and doors; however, not on the upholstery. The design even here is neat and the 8.0-inch floating display integrates all the controls for the infotainment and ambient sparing just the climate control which has physical switches on the central console. The Nissan Kicks has a boot space of 400 litres.

hyundai creta facelift  cabin The Creta’s cabin has been its one of the strongest selling points.

One of the strongest selling points of the Hyundai Creta is its interiors which is both high on material quality and fit & finish. However, it’s been almost four years that we have had the Creta in our market and the design has started looking dated now specially when you put it beside the Harrier. Having said that, the cabin still feels airy, thanks to the not so high window line and high positioning of the seats. The Creta gets a 405 litres boot.

jeep compass review The Compass gets the best in class materials and a really well finished cabin.

The Jeep Compass also has one of the most well-finished cabins in its class and the quality of materials used for the switch knobs (plastic and chrome) and on the upholstery (which are soft touch) feel premium. The cabin itself is well appointed and one cannot really complain about the ergonomics spare the ingress and egress for the rear passenger as the door wells don’t open wide enough for a climb given its high ground clearance. The legroom at the rear also isn’t the best in its class which could be because its wheelbase is comparatively shorter considering its length. That said, it stands second in terms of boot space with 408 litres which can be further expanded to a whopping 1191 litres.

qgoao57sThe Captur’s cabin is well-built but lacks soft-touch on the upholstery.

The materials used in the Captur are of good quality just that there is no soft touch surface. The space inside the cabin is almost similar to that in the Kicks, given the fact that the wheelbase and width are same. However, the boot of the Renault Captur at 392 litres is comparatively less spacious (8 litres less) than the Kicks.

Features

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The upcoming Tata Harrier is well equipped with all the segment standard features on the outside as well as on the inside. Features like LED Daytime Running Lights (DRLs) and HID Xenon headlamps are the first ones to sight as you see the SUV while the cabin is equipped with terrain drive modes, auto climate control, keyless entry and go, 8.8-inch touchscreen infotainment system which supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and is linked to a JBL sourced surround sound system, logo projection on the outer mirrors and more. However, there is no sunroof on offer.

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The Nissan Kicks is also at par with the Harrier in terms of comfort creature features and functionality, just that the touchscreen here is a tad small at 8.0-inch and it’s not connected to a JBL sound system. That said, it does support Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and has 360-degree camera view which is a segment first feature and a big aid to nip through tight spots or while parking.

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The Hyundai Creta still remains the leader of the board as it packs in a bit extra. The top-end Hyundai Creta also gets a sunroof, wireless charging dock and wristband entry along with all the features that other two are offering such as touchscreen unit which supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, engine start-stop button and more.

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The Jeep Compass too gets a fair dose of equipment and offers features like an 8.4-inch touchscreen connected to Fiat’s U-Connect interface which supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Features like LED Daytime Running Lights (DRLs) and HID Xenon headlamps are also on-board and the cabin is equipped with terrain drive modes, auto climate control, keyless entry and go and more.

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The Renault Captur will also offer all the quintessential features like Projector headlamps, DRLs, auto climate control, Engine Start-Stop button and more. However, it gets a touchscreen which only supports Android Auto as of now.

Engines






Model (Diesel) Tata Harrier Nissan Kicks Hyundai Creta Jeep Compass Renault Captur
Engine 1956 cc 1461 cc 1582 cc 1956 cc 1461 cc
Power 138 bhp 108 bhp 125 bhp 170 bhp 108 bhp
Torque 350 Nm 248 Nm 260 Nm 350 Nm 248 Nm
Transmission 6 M/T 6 M/T 6 M/T 6 A/T 6 M/T 6 M/T






Model (Petrol) Tata Harrier Nissan Kicks Hyundai Creta Jeep Compass Renault Captur
Engine Only Diesel 1498 cc 1591 cc 1368 cc 1498 cc
Power   104 bhp 121 bhp 160 bhp 104 bhp
Torque   145 Nm 151 Nm 250 Nm 145 Nm
Transmission   6 M/T 6 M/T 6 A/T 6 M/T 7 A/T 6 M/T

The Tata Harrier will be offered with just a single drivetrain option at the launch- a fiat sourced 2.0-litre, four-cylinder, multijet diesel which is mated to only a six-speed manual gearbox as standard. It lacks an automatic transmission which is quite a limitation considering the increase in the demand for automatic transmissions. That said, this is the second most powerful engine of the lot with 138 bhp and 350 Nm of peak torque of tap.

The Nissan Kicks will get the same drivetrains which are seen on the Nisssan Terrano, saving for the automatic. There will be one 1.5 litre diesel engine which will produce 108 bhp and 248 Nm of peak torque and will be mated to a six-speed manual gearbox. While there will be no automatic at the start, Nissan is considering introducing it at a later date. The petrol Nissan Kicks will also get a 1.5-litre petrol engine which will produce 104 bhp and 145 Nm of peak torque and will be mated to a five-speed manual gearbox as standard.

The Hyundai Creta again will take advantage of multiple drivetrains it offers. Starting with the diesel, there is a 1.4-litre CRDi engine which produces 88 bhp and 220 Nm of peak torque and is mated to a six-speed manual gearbox as standard. Then there is a more powerful 1.6-litre, four-cylinder, CRDi diesel engine which produces 125 bhp and 260 Nm of peak torque and is mated to a six-speed automatic gearbox as standard while has the six-speed torque convertor unit as an option in the SX variant. Then there is a 1.6-litre, four-cylinder, VTVT petrol motor which churns out 121 bhp and 151 Nm of peak torque and even this one is mated to a six-speed manual gearbox as standard while six-speed automatic is optional on the SX variant.

The Jeep Compass is also available with two engine options. The diesel Compass has a 2.0-litre, four-Cylinder, multijet engine which produces 170 bhp and 350 Nm of peak torque and is mated to a six-speed unit as standard It’s the same engine which the upcoming Tata Harrier will get, but iss the most powerful in this application. The diesel Compass is also the only among these five which has a four-wheel drive variant. The Petrol gets a 1.4-Litre, four-cylinder engine which produces 160 bhp and 250 Nm of peak torque, There are two gearboxes on offer with the petrol engine- a six-speed manual transmission and a seven-speed automatic transmission.

The Renault Captur has the same drivetrains as the Kicks. The Diesel is powered by a 1.5-litre, four-cylinder engine which produces 108 bhp and 248 Nm of peak torque and is mated to a six-speed manual transmission. The Petrol gets a 1.5-litre, four-Cylinder petrol motor which produces 104 bhp and 145 Nm of peak torque and is also mated to a six-speed manual gearbox.

Safety Features

airbagsThe Harrier and Compass are the safest among these five in terms of features.

On the safety front, it’s the Tata Harrier and Jeep Compass which take the lead as they offer a bunch of more driver-aid features such as, Roll Over Mitigation, cornering stability control, traction control and hill descent control.

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Dual airbags and ABS with EBD are standard in all three of them and the top-end variants of all three get six airbags and Electronic Stability Program (ESP).

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Tata Harrier SUV: All You Need To Know


The Harrier SUV joins the companys long list of SUVs and its the first car to get the Impact 2.0 design language.




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Tata Motors is all set to launch the Harrier SUV in India on January 23, 2019

Tata Motors is all set to launch the Harrier SUV in India on January 23, 2019. As part of its plan to bring in more cars to the country and quickly at that, the Harrier is the company’s fourth new launch in the country in FY 2018-19 and it’s a big one for sure. It’s one of the most anticipated of launches from the Tata Motors stable and yes, we’ve already driven it. The Harrier SUV joins the company’s long list of SUVs and it’s the first car to get the Impact 2.0 design language. The new design language has made quite the difference in terms of its looks and yes, we can safely say that it is the prettiest looking Tata car out there. There’s a lot we know about the car ahead of its launch and all we wait for is the price

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Here’s All You Need To Know About The Tata Harrier

  1. The Tata Harrier measures in at 4598 mm in length, 1894 mm in terms of width and 1706 mm in terms of height. Wheelbase on the new Harrier is 2741 mm while the ground clearance on the SUV is 205 mm.
  2. The Harrier also comes with 235 section tyres mounted either on 16 inch steel wheels or 17 inch 5-spoke alloy wheels.
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  3. Up front, the Tata Harrier gets a split headlamp cluster with high mounted Daytime running lights and a large grille with typically Tata-esque hexagonal design language. 
  4. The actual headlamps themselves are set lower in the bumper and have a projector setup along with a separate foglamp cluster underneath it too. And to round off the front end, the Tata Harrier gets a silver skid plate
  5. Move to the rear and the Tata Harrier gets a set of thin tail lamps with LED treatment that are joined by a gloss black panel. Just like the front bumper, you also have a silver skid plate at the rear. And just to round it all off, Tata has chosen to display the name Harrier with a spread out central placement as compared to just a generic badge.
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  6. The new Tata Harrier will come with only one diesel engine on offer with a 6-speed manual gearbox, available in four variants – XE, XM, XT, and XZ. 
  7. The new Tata Harrier is quite equipped right from the base variant offering features like – projector headlamps, dual function daytime running lights which also function as turn indicators, electrically adjustable ORVMs, and rear parking sensors. As for the interior and cabin features, the Harrier comes with offerings like – power steering, tilt and telescopic adjustable steering, and all four power windows. On the safety front, the feature list includes – dual front airbags and ABS with EBD as standard.
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  8. The top-end XZ also comes with gizmos like – a larger 8.8-inch floating touchscreen infotainment system with high-resolution display, nine JBL speakers with amplifier and tuned acoustics, and fully-digital 7-inch TFT instrument cluster. 
  9. The SUV also comes with driver assistant functions like – Terrain Response Modes (Norman, Rough, Wet), hill hold and descent assist, rollover mitigation, corner stability control, electronic stability programme, and electronic traction control.
  10. The Tata Harrier has a 2-litre 4-cylinder turbocharged diesel motor, that Tata motors calls Kryotec and is essentially the detuned version of what is available in the Jeep Compass. The engine makes 138 bhp of peak power and 350 Nm of peak torque. The engine is mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox. The Tata Harrier also gets three driving modes, Eco, City and Sport. 

     

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Tata Motors Plans Seven-Eight New Launches By 2020


Tata Motors is planning to cover 90 per cent of the market by 2020 with its new product offensive.




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Tata Harrier will debut the IMPACT 2.0 design philosophy.

It all started back in August 2016 with launch of the Tata Tiago and it took Tata Motors just two years to change all the preconceived notions that Indian car buyers had regarding the brand which over the time had developed a “fleet-purpose” image. Tata Motors conventionally was infamous for quality and fit and finish issues and it’s new products like the Tiago and Nexon which have been a runaway success and in turn a game changer for Tata Motors. Tata Motors has turned it around once with new products and is geared up to step up its game again with the Turnaround 2.0 strategy which aims to resonate the Passenger Vehicle business.

Also Read: Tata Harrier SUV Review


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The company has plans to further build upon its product offensive and will be launching seven – eight new models by 2020 in a bid to cover 90 per cent of the market. The new products will be underpinned by two new platforms- OMEGA and ALFA on which multiple products will be developed helping the company to achieve better economies of scale. The first product of the eight is the upcoming Tata Harrier SUV which is based on the OMEGA platform and second is the Tata 45X (codename) premium hatchback which will be launched later in 2019. Both the products will cover a left out segment for Tata Motors. The Harrier will debut company’s new IMPACT 2.0 design philosophy and all new launches in next two years will embody it.

tata 45x conceptThe 45X will be Tata Motors’ first offering in the premium hatchback segment.

Also Read: Tata Harrier SUV: All You Need To Know

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Tata Motors is also afoot to increase its reach in India which will help the company to market and retail the new products better. Tata Motors has recently added 27 new dealerships in the top 20 serviceable markets and six dealerships went operational in Rajasthan on the same day. The company is planning to start 17 more dealerships soon. In total, Tata Motors has added 59 dealerships and 142 Emerging Market Operations (EMOs) in 2018 and has expanded its operations in 90 cities this year.

 

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Tata Harrier SUV Launch Date Announced





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The Tata Harrier will be the company’s last launch of the 2018-19 financial year

Tata Motors is all set to launch the Harrier SUV in India and we finally know the date of launch. The company plans to launch the Harrier in the country on January 23, 2019. This will be the company’s first launch of the new year, while it will be its last launch for the 2018-19 financial year. The new Tata Harrier will come with only one diesel engine on offer with a 6-speed manual gearbox, available in four variants – XE, XM, XT, and XZ. The SUV is based on the newly developed OMEGARC platform. The new modular architecture is a derivative of Land Rover D8 platform and has been designed to optimise rear seat legroom on the SUV. As a result, the Harrier is longer than the Freelander 2 and measures 4598 mm in length which makes it the longest in the segment, 1894 mm in width and 1706 mm in height. The wheelbase stands at 2741 mm and the ground clearance is a healthy 205 mm

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The Harrier will take on the Hyundai Creta, Renault Captur, Jeep Compass and the upcoming Nissan Kicks. Tata says the SUV has been tested for 2.2 million kilometres across varying terrains and weather conditions. Power on the Tata Harrier comes from the diesel engine under the bonnet. The motor is the 2.0-litre Kryotec diesel, which is essentially the Fiat-sourced MultiJet diesel that also powers the Jeep Compass. The motor comes with an e-VGT (Electric Variable Geometry Turbocharger) and also comes with advanced EGR and After Treatment System. On the Harrier, the BS6 ready engine has been tuned to produce 138 bhp at 3750 rpm and 350 Nm of peak torque available between 1750-2500 rpm.

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Tata says the Harrier SUV has been tested for 2.2 million kilometres across varying terrains and weather conditions. 

Also Read: Engine, Dimensions, Specifications Of The Tata Harrier Revealed

The Harrier will also come with push button start-stop, a semi-digital instrument console, a multi-function steering wheel, height adjustable driver’s seat, auto climate control and a cooled glovebox. There will also be a massive 8.8-inch touchscreen infotainment system equipped with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto with navigation, MirrorLink and more. The SUV will also get 9-speaker JBL audio system on the top trims.

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The Tata Harrier will be made available in 4 variants 

Also Read: Tata Harrier Variants Explained 

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The new Tata Harrier will be offered with three-point seatbelts with pre-tensioners with seatbelt reminder for the front seats. You also get six airbags, ISOFIX seats, ABS with EBD, ESP with corner stability control, off-road ABS, traction control, Hill Hold Control, Hill Descent Control, rollover mitigation, Brake Assist and more.

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Tata Motors Assures UK PM Theresa May About Commitment TO JLR: Report


A report in ‘The Sunday Times’ suggests that Tata Motors has reportedly assured Prime Minister Theresa May of the company’s commitment to Britain’s automotive industry despite the ongoing turmoil of Brexit.




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Retail sales of Jaguar saloons and Land Rover SUVs fell 13.2 percent from July-September 2018

It was in July 2018, that Jaguar Land Rover Automotive announced that the UK Government needed to urgently provide certainty for business including guaranteed tariff-free access and frictionless trade with the European Union. Prof. Dr. Ralf Speth, CEO, Jaguar Land Rover had said back then “Jaguar Land Rover’s heart and soul is in the UK. However we, and our partners in the supply chain, face an unpredictable future if the Brexit negotiations do not maintain free and frictionless trade with the EU and unrestricted access to the single market. We urgently need greater certainty to continue to invest heavily in the UK and safeguard our suppliers, customers and 40,000 British-based employees.”

A couple of months later, in October 2018, Tata Motors, announced a turnaround plan for JLR which had been hit hard by trade tensions between China and the US, low demand for diesel cars in Europe and worries over Brexit. It was called ‘Project Charge’ and Tata Motors said it planned to cut costs and improve cash flows at Jaguar Land Rover by $3.2 billion in the next 18 months. JLR plans to launch several new vehicles but the big one will be the new Range Rover Defender which will be showcased soon. Over the next few years JLR will also offer a hybrid or electric version of all its models by 2020.


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Also Read: Tata Motors Reveals Turn Around Plan For JLR

Now, a report in ‘The Sunday Times’ suggests that Tata Motors has reportedly assured Prime Minister Theresa May of the company’s commitment to Britain’s automotive industry despite the ongoing turmoil of Brexit. According to report, Tata Sons chairman Natarajan Chandrasekaran is understood to have written to the British premier to stress that the Tata Group plans to keep investing in JLR and has no intention of selling the firm.

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Land Rover has already teased the new-gen Defender and it will make its world debut in 2019 

The company in fact seeks the support of the government for electric and driverless technology, and for building a battery factory in the Midlands region of England. Tata Motors made a loss of ₹ 10.49 billion for the July-September quarter, compared to a profit of ₹ 24.83 billion a year ago. JLR reported a loss of 101 million pounds during the quarter and its margin on earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation fell 130 basis points to 9.9 percent.

Retail sales of Jaguar saloons and Land Rover SUVs fell 13.2 percent to about 130,000 units, hurt particularly by tariff changes in China and escalating trade tensions.

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As part of the turnaround plan, JLR will first focus on cash saving by reducing non-product investments and speeding up asset sales. In the near term it will improve efficiency in areas including purchasing and material cost, manufacturing and logistics and people and will focus on strategic and non-core asset sales. JLR has already reduced the number of production days at its UK plants in Castle Bromwich and Solihull.

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