As the media drive for the Tata Harrier is in full swing, we have to say it is becoming increasingly difficult for us to wait for the most anticipated premium SUV of the year, the Tata Harrier.Tata Motors officially revealed the Harrier with the rollout of the 1st Harrier from its all-new manufacturing line. With this, Tata Motors is now gearing up for the launch of its much-awaited SUV in January 2019. Tata will be unveiling the Harrier globally in December. The Tata Harrier SUV first made its domestic debut in its concept form back in February at the 2018 Auto Expo.Because the Harrier is designed on the base of Tata’s latest Impact Design 2.0 philosophy, the Harrier needed a completely new approach to product development and manufacturing processes. The completely new assembly line has been built in a time of six months with a majority of the manufacturing practices adopted from Jaguar Land Rover. It boasts of 90 per cent automation levels with over 100+ KUKA and ABB robots.However, there is a downer. Based on sources and other online reports, the Harrier will not be getting an AWD system on any variant. As we mentioned before, the Harrier will be powered by a Fiat-sourced 2.0-liter diesel. The Harrier will sit on Land Rover’s L550 platform which means building an all-wheel-drive setup on the Fiat engine will drive up engineering costs for a low-demand variant.According to various price guides, for an SUV like Harrier, the ex-showroom price is slated to be around Rs 16-21 lakh.advertisementThe Tata Harrier will offer an all-new exterior design, ergonomically and premium designed interiors, future-ready connectivity, and Tata-claimed best-in-class infotainment. The 5 seater monocoque SUV is engineered on the new generation Optimal Modular Efficient Global Advanced’ Architecture, which is derived from the legendary Land Rover D8 architecture and developed in collaboration with Jaguar Land Rover.Also, the Tata Harrier gets a premium Oakwood finish dashboard with perforated leather seat upholstery and door pad inserts. The ac vents get satin chrome linings which can also be found on the instrument panel cluster, door pad inserts, and inner door handles.The Harrier will be built on the Omega platform which is a derivative of the L550 platform from the stables of Jaguar Land Rover for the Discovery Sport which also gets the D8 architecture. This means the Harrier is slated to use the parts bin of the Discovery Sport which includes floor panels, all-independent suspension, and steering gear. However, steel will be used with aluminum to optimize cost.The Harrier is also slated to share the wheelbase from the Discovery Sport which is 2,741mm and will be 4×4 capable like the Discovery Sport and will come with a proper 4×4 drivetrain.The best part yet, the production-spec Harrier looks very similar to the H5X concept with the high-set headlamps with LED DRLs. Other styling similarities include wheel arches, front and rear armrests, slim headlamps which are in accordance with their Impact Design 2.0 language.The SUV will come with a host of safety equipment like a terrain response system, ABS with EBD, Electronic Stability, different driving modes, all-wheel drive (top-spec), and independent suspension control.The Harrier is slated to be powered by a Fiat-sourced Kryotec, 140bhp, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder, a turbo-diesel engine with a 4-wheel drive system which will be developed by Tata. The powertrain will be mated to a 6-speed manual. The engine will get multiple drive modes which are already available on Tata’s Revotron and Revotorq line of engines (Eco, City, Sport). The Harrier also gets ESP Terrain Response Modes which can be varied between Normal, Rough, and Wet modes. The Tata Harrier also gets Cruise Control.Interior wise, the Harrier will feature front and rear AC vents, sunroof, two-display touchscreen infotainment systems, steering mounted controls, electric seats with memory function, parking sensors, auto headlamps, automatic climate control, push-button start, cooled storage box, and reverse camera.Tata has already started taking in bookings for the Harrier for a booking amount of Rs 30,000. Interested customers can make the booking online or at their nearest Tata dealership.With an expected launch date set in early January 2019 and deliveries slated for late January, the Tata Harrier will go against the likes of the Hyundai Creta, Renault Captur, Mahindra XUV500, Jeep Compass, and the upcoming Nissan Kicks.