Tata Motors plans petrol powertrain for Harrier and Safari SUVs

Tata Motors plans petrol powertrain for Harrier and Safari SUVs

Tata Motors is in the process of developing a new petrol powertrain for its premium sports utility vehicles, the Harrier and Safari, as confirmed by a senior company official. Currently, these models are equipped with a 2-litre diesel engine. In a discussion with PTI, Shailesh Chandra, Managing Director of Tata Motors Passenger Vehicles, revealed that the new engine is under development and will be incorporated into the upcoming models.

Chandra explained that the company initially concentrated on diesel powertrains due to the strong preference for diesel engines among customers in the SUV segment, where Harrier and Safari operate. Approximately 80% of the 2 lakh unit per annum market in this segment favors diesel engines because of their superior torque performance. However, Tata Motors recognised the potential of the petrol market and decided to work on a 1.5 litre GDI engine to cater to the 20% segment preferring petrol.

Chandra emphasised that the development of the petrol engine is a work in progress, involving meticulous development and integration processes. Despite the challenges, Tata Motors is committed to introducing the petrol engine, acknowledging the demand for aggressive pricing in the market.

Recently, Tata Motors launched updated versions of the Harrier and Safari, with prices starting at Rs 15.49 lakh and Rs 16.19 lakh, respectively. Both models have received top safety ratings from the Global NCAP, affirming Tata Motors' dedication to ensuring the safety and quality of their vehicles.

Source: Business Standard

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