Tata Gravitas makes an appearance at Auto Expo 2020 but launch will have to wait

Tata Motors unveiled its seven-seater SUV Gravitas at the Auto Expo 2020 today. First shown at the Geneva Motor Show as Buzzard, the Gravitas is based on Tata’s other SUV Harrier.

While we were expecting the formal launch, Tata only ‘showcased’ its 7-seater SUV. That would suggest that Gravitas launch is still some distance away—perhaps towards the end of the year or even early next year.

Tata might be gauging the response to updated Harrier as well as waiting to see how the market settles down after BS6 deadline.

The front end of the Gravitas is more or less similar to Harrier but the addition of roof rails make it look taller. The rear-third is where the Gravitas departs from the Harrier look in significant ways: its boxy and upright, perhaps to create more head room for the third-row passengers. The rear spoiler is more prominent, the boot lid is new and now has a larger windshield and tail lights get a slightly different styling.

Though based on the same Omega platform, the Gravitas is bigger too. With 4,661mm in length, 1,894mm in width and 1,786mm in height, it is 63mm longer and 80mm taller than the Harrier. The wheelbase though, at 2,741mm, is same as that of the Harrier.

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That would mean the interiors too will largely be the same with one big difference: there will be a third-row of seats. The one on show at Auto Expo 2020 has captain seats in the middle row but we are sure Tata will also offer Gravitas with a three-seat bench for the middle row. Unlike Harrier, Gravitas gets a large panoramic sunroof right from the beginning. The wheels too are larger 18-inchers.

The Gravitas is powered by the BS6-compliant 2.0-litre Kryotec diesel engine, producing around 170hp and 350Nm of torque. Transmission options for the Gravitas will include a 6-speed manual and a Hyundai-sourced 6-speed torque-convertor automatic gearbox.

With the five-seat Harrier priced between Rs 13-16.86 lakh (ex-showroom), one can expect the Tata Gravitas’ price to be around Rs 1 lakh more than the Harrier’s when it launches in February 2020.

In true sense, it will be the rival to the Mahindra XUV500 and the upcoming 7-seater version of the Hector. The all-new Tata Gravitas will go on sale in the mid-2020 and the expected price of the vehicle is around Rs 13.9 lakhs. Almost all the variants of the Gravitas will carry a Rs 1.5-2 lakhs more expensive price tag than the subsequent Tata Harrier variant.

On the features front, the Tata Gravitas will get a similar list to the Harrier. It will get a similar floating-type infotainment system, a digital-analogue speedometer and high-end speaker system from Harman. Other additional features may include a sunroof too. However, Tata may continue to offer that as an optional accessory like the Tata Harrier.