Tata Buzzard is expected to use the Hyundai sourced 6-speed torque converter unit. A 6-speed manual transmission will be offered as standard
Tata Harrier 7-seater or also called as Buzzard in global markets has been spotted again but now it carried an automatic gearbox. It is said that it will gets a Hyundai sourced 6-speed torque converter unit and the new transmission will also be seen on the Harrier. An all wheel drive system is expected on the cards too.
Tata Buzzard will carry the same FCA sourced 2.0-litre engine with a manual and automatic gearbox. The engine will be tuned to produce 170 bhp and torque will stick to 350 Nm, like seen on the Harrier.
Mind you, this same engine is seen on the Harrier, Jeep Compass and the popular MG Hector. Ever since the Hector has been launched, the sales of the Harrier has been dropping for each month.
The 7-seater SUV from Tata Motors gets added dimensions. The length of the SUV is increased by 63 mm and now stands at 4,661 mm. This is done to add the third row of seats. The height is also increased by 80 mm to 1,786 mm. And it sits on 18-inch alloy wheels which were showcased at the Geneva Motor Show.
Also, the front look if the car will be mostly shared with the Tata Harrier 5 seater but it is the rear profile which will distinguish itself from the ongoing model. The rear is now tall and bulky unlike the coupe-like roofline seen on the Harrier.
There is a rear spoiler which gives the SUV a unique look. The rear of the Buzzard makes the SUV taller than the Harrier. Also, on the inside the third row of seating will get its AC vents, charging sockets and USB connectivity.
Talking about the features, then we can expect a larger touchscreen infotainment unit which supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as connectivity features. Also, the SUV can also see push button start, automatic climate control, park assist, semi-digital instrument cluster and among others.
Safety features on the SUV can include Front Parking Sensors to go against its competition. Other list includes Six Airbags, Reverse Camera, Rear Parking Sensors, Anti lock Braking System, Electronic Brake Force Distribution. To further improve the driving experience, it can include Electronic Stability Program, Hill Hold Control, Hill Descent Control and among others.
The final date for the launch has not been announced by Tata Motors but we expect the SUV to hit Indian shored by early 2020. We can expect that it will carry a BS6 engine which will suffice to the latest emission norms which will take place from April 2020.
Once launched, the 7-seater SUV will compete with the likes of MG Hector, Mahindra XUV500, Jeep Compass, Kia Seltos and Hyundai Creta (7-Seater). It is expected to carry a premium of Rs 90,000 over the 5-seater Harrier.