Known internationally as the Tata Buzzard, the 7-seater SUV on the Harrier was the not the right name for the Indian market. The manufacturer is set to sell in the European market with the name Buzzard. However, for the Indian market, the Tata Gravitas is the SUV based on the 7-Seater Harrier. A highly awaited SUV that will finally take on the likes of many rivals that already exist in this category.
Tata Gravitas is one of the most anticipated launches from the house of indigenous carmaker Tata Motors. According to the latest news, the seven-seater variant of Tata Harrier is going to launch in the Indian market early next year. The official reveal date though is out and is set for 26 January 2021. The launch was expected to happen during the festive season of 2020 though it has been pushed to next year due to the disruption in the supply chain caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Just so you know, Tata Gravitas is much more than the third-row seat attached to the Harrier. Gravitas is longer and taller than the Harrier by 63mm and 80mm respectively although, on the crucial aspect of the wheelbase, both Gravitas and Harrier share 2741mm between centers of wheels.
Both SUVs are similar in design up to the B-pillar beyond which Gravitas follows a stepped-roof and longer rear overhang to accommodate an additional row of seats. Tata has used uniquely designed alloy wheels and different colored palettes to further differentiate Gravitas from the Harrier.
The engine under the hood of the upcoming Gravitas will be the same unit that is currently doing the duty in Harrier. The 2.0-liter, 4-cylinder Kryotec turbocharged diesel engine is capable of putting out 168 bhp and 350 Nm of max power and max torque respectively. On the transmission front, there will be two options to choose from – a 6-speed manual transmission and a 6-speed torque converter automatic gearbox. A petrol could be featured as well.
In terms of competition, new Tata Gravitas will be pitted against the likes of MG Hector Plus and Mahindra XUV5oo among others. In addition, Gravitas will also rival the 7-seat version of Creta which Hyundai is readying for lunch in the Indian market next year.
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