Since the acquisition of jaguar and land rover back in 2008, tata has paid a lot of attention to its quality. The improvement in tata became visible with the launch and huge success of the city budget car Tata Tiago. Even now, tata has launched a few more best sellers and managed to become an international brand.
With the launch of harrier, tata stepped into the luxury car market. With the 5 seater premium SUV, tata has won the entire automobile industry that is head over heels in love with the harrier. The harrier is a 5 seater compact SUV that still receives a lot from the SUV concept. Based on the H5X concept, the harrier made a huge mark on this industry. The harrier was launched earlier this year with best in the class feature list, high-end interior and a new contemporary look.
On the grounds of the recent success of new tata harrier, tata is soon planned to release a 7 seater based on the harrier concept. The 7-seater version of the harrier was initially unveiled in 2019 geneva motor show. At that time, the car was called the tata buzzard but the name is most likely to change after its launch in India that is scheduled later in 2019. The tata buzzard is rumoured to get the name ‘Cassini’ but the official statement has not been launched yet.
The tata buzzard gets its looks from the land rover platform and hence its pricing is expected to be with a par of the luxury brand. The car will have similar looks, features as that of harrier but there will also be 2 additional seats in the third row. Even with the rugged build, the tata buzzard will still manage to have a pleasant face structure which is the tata signature. It has a muscular build, flared wheel arches and rising shoulder line. The car will have the same wheelbase as that of the harrier. The buzzard is 62mm longer at the rear and possesses a tall boy stance to accommodate the 3rd-row seats.
Just like that harrier was based on the H5X concept, the tata buzzard is based on the H7X concept. Buzzard will get roof rails and larger rear quarter glass. The car will come with the one-touch flip and fold mechanism for the second-row seats for the easy access of 3rd row. The 3rd-row seats will also receive dedicated air-con vents and separate blower controls. However, that car may lack a little in space at the 3rd row and it is something tata should look into before the launch of a buzzard. The buzzard interior will remain the same as of the harrier.
The car will be powered by the same 2.0-litre diesel engine of the Harrier. The engine will churn out 140PS of power and 350Nm of torque. The buzzard still has time and the engine is expected to be tuned for more power in the Buzzard. It will come mated with a 6-speed manual with a 6-speed automatic gearbox. There are some talks of Tata working on a 1.6-litre petrol engine that could find its way onto the Buzzard but performance details have not been revealed yet.
Apart from the addition of 3rd-row seats and dedicated air conditioner vents and blowers, the tata buzzard will have the same features as of the harrier. There is also an expected provision of USB charging ports, cup holders and grab handles for the 3rd-row seats as well. The buzzard will get faux wood inserts just like the harrier in higher trims. The buzzard is also expected to gen 8.8-inch touchscreen infotainment, steering mounted controls and a fixed glass roof.
The harrier will be priced higher than most luxury cars and is expected to have a starting cost of rs. 14 lakhs. The car will also compete with the Mahindra XUV500 and upcoming 7-seater MG hector. The car is scheduled to launch on either December 2019 or in the first quarter of 2020. Tata has gotten enough time to make some changes in the buzzard and make it even better.
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