Tata Motors had showcased its upcoming Gravitas 7-seater at Auto Expo 2020
Tata Motors is almost ready to launch the three-row 7-seater version of its current flagship product, Harrier. Dubbed the Tata Gravitas, the SUV (technically a compact crossover) was unveiled in production-ready avatar at Auto Expo 2020. Tata Motors plans to introduce it in potential foreign markets as well, under the moniker, Buzzard. The Euro-spec Harrier is called the Tata Buzzard Sport.
Earlier this year, the Tata Harrier was updated to BS6 emission norms alongside significant improvements in terms of output and equipment. Cosmetically, changes are mostly confined to just a new paint scheme and bigger 17-inch 5-spoke diamond-cut wheels. The biggest highlight was the introduction of a 6-speed TC automatic transmission (sourced from Hyundai Motor).
Over the months, we have shared multiple spy shots of Tata Motors’ upcoming product doing test runs across India under heavy camouflage. The vehicle is obviously bigger than its 5-seater sibling and packs a few subtle yet unique styling bits.
Tata Gravitas Features
RushLane reader Kathir has spotted a Tata Gravitas test mule on the roads of Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu. The prototype was riding on 16-inch 5-spoke wheels from the BS4 Harrier. However, unlike the Harrier, it gets disc brakes at the rear. One can expect long list of features in the Tata Gravitas to justify its higher price tag not just by larger dimensions.
Tata Gravitas Powertrain
The Indian automaker pitches it as a compelling upgrade from products such as the Aria MUV and Hexa mid-size SUV. Interestingly, both these phased-out products (‘BS6 Hexa’ might come at a later stage) was offered with 4WD in higher trims. It is worth the wait to know if Tata Motors plans to introduce an AWD (front-wheel-biased) Gravitas variant at some point in the future.
Powering the all-new Tata Gravitas would be the same 2.0-litre Kryotec diesel four-cylinder, derived from FCA Group’s Multijet 2.0. It churns out 168bhp and 350Nm in the Tata Harrier BS6 and could generate slightly more in the Gravitas. Transmission choices include a 6-speed manual and 6-speed AT.
Tata Gravitas Rivals
Once launched, it will be an affordable alternative to the likes of Toyota Kirloskar Motors’ Fortuner and Ford India’s Endeavour while being a direct rival to MG Motor India’s latest offering, Hector Plus.
Hyundai Motor India is also working on a 6/7-seater version of its popular compact crossover, Creta. It is supposedly called the Hyundai Alcazar. Kia Motors India might pack the same in a slightly upmarket format. On the other hand, FCA Group has already started testing an extended three-row version of its highly successful, Jeep Compass. The Indian-spec Jeep Compass BS6 is awaiting a mild facelift.