The 89th iteration of the annual Geneva Motor Show opened up with a great many manufacturers showcasing their new cars and model lineup. However, Tata stole the show at gunpoint, for some time at least. This year also marks the 21st anniversary of Tata’s regular presence at the Geneva motor show and the company made it special with the unveiling of 5 cars and concepts. Among them, the largest is the Tata Buzzard, which is, in fact, the much-awaited 7 seater version of the Harrier. It will primarily rival the Mahindra XUV500 in the segment apart from the upcoming MG Hector SUV. Here are some of its studio quality photos which reveal the upcoming full-size SUV in its full glory.
The SUV has been given the name of Tata Buzzard Geneva Edition, which suggests that this probably won’t be its name in India. The company could opt for an easier name for India and the international variant would probably be continued to be called Buzzard. According to Tata, Buzzard means a majestic and fierce bird of prey, determined to provide and protect its family. This hints towards it being the flagship vehicle of the Tata lineup. The Buzzard also follows the IMPACT 2.0 design language of Tata and will be built upon the same Land Rover D8 derived OMEGA platform that is found underneath the Harrier.
The dimensions of the Buzzard have been revealed and it is bigger than the Harrier. Interiors and features will be identical to the Harrier and the only major difference on the inside will be the addition of two extra seats at the third row. It will probably be launched after the Altroz premium sedan. As of now, there is no word on the pricing but going by the pricing of the Harrier, the Buzzard could start from Rs. 15 lakh probably.
The Buzzard measures 4661 mm in length, 1894 mm in width and 1786 in height. It has a wheelbase of 2741 mm. This translates into the Buzzard being 80 mm taller and 63 mm longer than the Harrier. However, the width and wheelbase remain the same. The Buzzard will be powered by the same Fiat sourced KRYOTEC 2.0 litre diesel engine. However, here it will produce about 170 Bhp of power as compared to 138 Bhp on the Harrier. The Tata Buzzard will also get the 6-speed manual from the Harrier and the option of a Hyundai-sourced 6-speed torque converter automatic transmission, which will later be made available on the Harrier as well.
The also showcased a different version of the Harrier at the Geneva motor show. Dubbed the Buzzard Sport, it is essentially the same vehicle with a sportier set of alloys and a new name. It could be possible that the company sells it in Europe with the same name. As for speculations suggesting that this is the 4X4 version of the Harrier, there has been no such statement issued by the company and they have maintained it has the same engine.