Tata Motors unveiled the Harrier-based, 6 seat Gravitas SUV yesterday at the 2020 Indian Auto Expo. The Gravitas will be launched soon, and will be priced and positioned above the Harrier. It’ll be Tata Motors’ new flagship SUV, and mechanically similar to the Harrier. Meanwhile, Tata Motors has just released a TVC, showing the production version of the SUV on actual roads. Check it out.
As the video indicates, the Gravitas retains much of the design language from the Harrier on the front end. The changes become apparent at the profile of the SUV, with the Gravitas getting a raised roof section at the rear – a-la-Land Rover Discovery. This raised roof section is what liberates additional head room at the rear of the SUV, making it feel very airy.
This has also allowed designers to offer another row of seats at the rear, giving the Gravitas a 6 seat layout: two rows of captain seats and a bench seat to make for the third row. The Gravitas also has beige coloured leather seats, and the colours used on the inside are quite different from those on the Harrier. It looks like Tata Motors is trying to position the Gravitas as a premium SUV in the Indian market.
Under the hood, the Tata Gravitas will host a Bharat Stage 6 (BS6) compliant 2 liter-4 cylinder turbocharged diesel engine with 170 Bhp-350 Nm outputs. this engine drives the front wheels of the SUV, and gets multiple driving modes including a rough road mode that varies torque between the two front wheels upon detection of wheel slip.
While Tata Motors derived the Omega ARC platform from the Land Rover D8 platform, the length was altered for the Indian market, which is also why the all wheel drive layout from the original platform could not be offered on the Harrier. The same has happened with the Gravitas, which will be a front wheel driven, monocoque SUV with two gearbox options: a 6 speed manual and a 6 speed torque converter automatic.
Other key features on the Tata Gravitas include a touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, a panoramic sunroof, power adjustable driver’s seat, push button start, dual zone climate control, leather seats, automatic wipers and headlamps, 10 speaker stereo, multi-drive modes, six airbags, ESP, traction control, ABS+EBD, rear parking sensors and reversing camera, speed alerts, seat belt reminders, and more. Prices of the Gravitas are likely to start from Rs. 14 lakh.