The 7-seater Tata Buzzard is likely to be launched later this year and will pack a more powerful diesel engine. It is expected that the engine will be BS-VI compliance and will churn out a total of 170 bhp.
Tata is planning to grow their line up of premium hatchbacks and SUVs and it was not long ago that they launched Tata Harrier. It is a premium SUV which rivals the likes of Jeep Compass, Mahindra XUV500, Kia Seltos and MG Hector. Now the brand will introduce a 7-seater SUV later this year named, Buzzard.
Tata Buzzard sits on OMEGA (Optimal Modular Efficient Global Advanced) platform which is shared with the Harrier too. It also follows the Impact 2.0 Design Philosophy with split headlamp design. The wheelbase, width and height of the car will remain unchanged while the length may be increased to accommodate the third-row seats.
On the exteriors, the front fascia will follow a similar design as that of Harrier while the rear end will see major changes. It now has boxy looks and is devoid of the sloping roofline to make up the headspace for the third-row passengers.
In terms of features, Tata Buzzard will follow the Harrier. Am 8.8-inch touchscreen infotainment unit with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as connectivity features, push-button start, park-assist, automatic climate control, semi-digital instrument cluster along with mood lighting.
Tata Harrier sure misses out on important features like a sunroof, electrically adjustable power driver’s seat and more. We expect that the upcoming SUV will bring these features which sees a miss on the Harrier.
Other than the styling part, Tata Buzzard will see some changes under the hood as well. Well, it will borrow the same 2.0-litre FCA sourced diesel engine from Harrier but will make a good 170 bhp with 350 Nm of torque. The transmission includes a 6-speed manual gearbox and an AMT too.
The engine will be BS-VI compliance and will fulfil the upcoming emission norms. It is also expected that Tata is seeing to diversify its portfolio and may introduce a petrol trim in Harrier.
The global name for Tata 7-seater is confirmed as Buzzard but it is still dicey if it will follow the same name to the Indian market. Once launched, the prices are likely to be in the range of Rs 18 lakh to Rs 23 lakh (ex-showroom) and will go against the likes of Jeep Compass, Honda CR-V, Hyundai Tucson and Mahindra XUV500 among other SUVs.