Tata Motors four-product onslaught at the Geneva Motor Show 2019 is just the beginning. The Indian automaker seems to be working on at least two more new products on the JLR-derived Omega modular platform. The architecture which underpins the Harrier (Buzzard Sport for international markets) and H7X 7-seater (Buzzard for international markets) will be the mainstay for the brand’s premium range of vehicles in the years to come.
Speaking to Autocar India, Rajendra Petkar, Tata Motors’ Chief Technology Officer, stated that in addition to a coupe crossover SUV, it is possible for the Omega platform to spawn an eight-seater MPV. He also stated that both these models are currently in the drawing boards and the company is exploring business cases and timelines for these products.
The Omega modular platform can support a variety of body styles with lengths ranging from 4.3 to 4.8 m including a full-size sedan should the company choose to develop one. For now, an eight- or seven-seat MPV seems to be a viable product to take on the Mahindra Marazzo and Toyota Innova Crysta.
Tata’s previous attempt at a premium MPV segment, the Aria, didn’t produce the desired results but with superior monocoque architecture and better economies of scale, the Omega-based people carrier could overcome the barriers. Moreover, Tata Motors’ brand image in the premium end of the Indian market is better now, thanks to the new products such as the Harrier.
The Tata eight-seat MPV, if approved for production, will feature the Impact 2.0 design philosophy. The Omega platform should give the family car commendable ride and handling characteristics. If were to guess, the MPV would share its powertrain options with the Harrier and H7X (production nameplate for the Indian market is yet to be finalized). The 2.0-liter MultiJet diesel engine from FCA would give the premium MPV adequate performance credentials. Transmission options are expected to include 6-speed manual and automatic units.
Even if it receives the green signal for production, the Tata eight-seat MPV is likely to be years away from launch as the automaker has its hand full at the moment. Realizing the full potential of Altroz hatchback, SUV twins and H2X concept-based mini SUV would be high on the company’s priority list for this year and the next.