Tata Harrier’s big brother (7 seat Buzzard SUV) to be called the Gravitas

Tata Motors is busy testing a seven seat version of the Harrier, which it called Buzzard, when the SUV was first unveiled as a concept at this year’s Geneva Motor Show. The Buzzard concept’s production version will be called the ‘Gravitas’. Tata Motors just announced this name late yesterday. So, going forward, the 7 seat Tata Harrier (initially called the Buzzard) will be known as the Gravitas. The Tata Gravitas SUV – just like its sibling Harrier – is likely to carry over most of the design cues from the Buzzard concept. The Tata Gravitas is likely to be launched in India early next year, and the Auto Expo of 2020 could be the big ticket venue for the SUV’s official unveil/launch. It’ll share its mechanicals with the Harrier and will be Bharat Stage 6 (BS6) emission norms compliant. As for pricing, the Tata Gravitas is likely to be about 1.5-2 lakhs pricier than equivalent Harrier variants.

The Tata Gravitas will use the same OMEGA platform that underpins the Harrier. This platform has been derived from the Land Rover LS550 platform, which also underpins the current Discovery Sport. The Indian-ized version of this platform replaces aluminium bits of the Land Rover platform with steel bits to cut costs. Also, the all wheel drive layout is dumped in favour of a front wheel drive layout as standard. Like the Harrier, the Tata Gravitas will be powered by a 2 liter turbocharged diesel engine, but with 170 Bhp-350 Nm outputs. This engine will be BS6 compliant right from the day of the Gravitas’ launch, and will be paired to a six speed manual gearbox as standard.

A 6 speed torque converter automatic gearbox is expected to be offered as an option with the Tata Gravitas. This automatic gearbox will also be offered on the 2020, BS6 trim of the Tata Harrier, which for long has missed an automatic gearbox. Much of the Gravitas’ insides and features are likely to be borrowed from the Harrier. This will allow Tata Motors to price the 7 seat SUV very competitively.

Tata Harrier’s big brother (7 seat Buzzard SUV) to be called the Gravitas

In design terms, the Gravitas will ave styling similar to that of the Harrier on the front. At the rear though, the changes will be quite significant, from the B-Pillar onwards. The Gravitas will get a rising, taller roofline to ensure that the third row of passengers have enough headroom. The new SUV will rival the likes of the MG Hector 6 seater. the Mahindra XUV500 and the upcoming, 7 seat version of the Jeep Compass.