Tata Motors will unveil the Gravitas 6 seat SUV on the 26th of January, 2021, which also happens to be the Republic Day of India. The Gravitas is based on the Harrier, and upon launch will become Tata Motors’ flagship offering in the Indian car market. It’ll square off against the MG Hector Facelift’s 7 seat variant – due for launch in early January – and the upcoming all-new Mahindra XUV500.
In price terms, the Gravitas is also likely to have an overlap with smaller SUVs such as the all-new Hyundai Creta and Kia Seltos. First shown at the Geneva Motor Show as the Tata Buzzard, the production version of the Gravitas is expected to be priced about Rs. 1 lakh more than the Harrier, variant-to-variant. Prices of the Gravitas are likely to start from a little under Rs. 15 lakh, ex-showroom.
While the Gravitas will share its mechanicals with the Harrier, and much of the feature-set, the SUV will get a new top-hat with a taller roofline. The taller roof is meant to make the additional row of seats airier. While the Harrier gets two rows of seats, the Gravitas will get three, with captain seats for the first and second rows. The SUV is meant for larger families, and also for those who want something more muscular than the Toyota Innova Crystas of this world.
As for engines and transmissions, the Tata Gravitas will be powered by the tried and tested 2 liter-4 cylinder Fiat Multijet turbocharged diesel unit, which is also found on the Harrier. On the Gravitas, this motor is expected to make 170 Bhp of peak power and 350 Nm of peak torque. There will be two gearboxes offered – a 6 speed manual and a 6 speed torque converter automatic. Both gearboxes will drive the front wheels of the SUV, and Tata Motors will not offer a front wheel drive layout even as an option. What will be offered in due course of time though is a turbocharged petrol engine. At launch though, the Gravitas will be a diesel-only SUV, compliant with Bharat Stage 6 (BS6) norms.
The top-end trim of the Gravitas will be feature-rich. A slew of creature comforts and safety features will be offered on the SUV. A few prominent features include a panoramic sunroof, touchscreen infotainment interface with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, six airbags, hill hold, ESP, traction control, multi drive modes, soft touch dashboard, airline-style parking brake, cooled glove box, rear AC vents, automatic wipers, automatic headlamps and cruise control.
The Tata Gravitas was recently spotted uncamouflaged for a TVC shoot. The SUV will be one of Tata Motors’ 6 launches in 2021, all aimed at boosting sales numbers. The Indian automaker wants to hit the 40,000 monthly unit sales mark, and the Gravitas is expected to do its bit to nearly double the Harrier line’s sales, which currently average about 1,500 units per month. Apart from the Gravitas, Tata Motors will also launch the turbocharged petrol engined version of the Altroz premium hatchback. The Altroz Turbo will be launched in early January 2021.