The seven-seat Tata Harrier (Buzzard) will get quite a similar appearance compared to the donor model but coming to employ a more powerful engine option under its hood.
Back in early May 2019, the Tata Harrier 7-seater made its global showcase at 2019 Geneva Motor Show. Christened as the Tata Buzzard in Europe, the seven-seat version of Tata Harrier is suggested to carry the 'Tata Cassini' badge in India and looks all set to launch in the country this year. Once launched, it would fight tooth and nail with similar models like Mahindra XUV500 or the not-yet-coming seven-seat version of the MG Hector in the Indian market. Just a few days ago, the 7-seater Tata Buzzard was spotted testing with heavy camouflage in Nagpur before its launch.
The seven-seater Tata Harrier named Buzzard in Europe has been spotted in disguise on the roads near Nagpur recently.
The Tata Buzzard, albeit fully camouflaged, will for sure get a proportional dimension thanks to the presence of the third row of seats. Like the Tata Harrier, the Buzzard will get the same wheelbase of 2,741 mm, but it is 63 mm longer than the donor model, which makes it 4,718 mm long. The new SUV is even 76 mm longer than the market rival Mahindra XUV500, which makes it unsurprisingly the longest SUV in its class. Note that the Mahindra XUV500 is even longer than the popular big badass off-road focused Mahindra Scorpio. Considering the recently-unveiled MG Hector, which is not a small SUV in the segment, it is even inferior to the Buzzard regarding the overall length.
The Tata Buzzard will certainly get a bigger dimension with its 7-seat layout when compared to the five-seater version.
Following the footsteps of Tata Harrier, the 7-seater version should be developed under the company’s latest IMPACT 2.0 design language. As seen at its global debut in Geneva, the Tata Buzzard (or Tata Cassini) looks heavily identical to its smaller version until the C-pillar. That said, the bigger SUV gets a larger rear fender, larger rear windshield, tweaked roofline and a new tailgate as compared to the Harrier sibling. That means that the new SUV will inherit all its modernity from the 5-seater Harrier but carry over a bolder stance on its own.
In terms of performance, the forthcoming Tata Buzzard will use a tuned version of the 2.0-litre Kryotec engine powering the Harrier for a more potent state of tune. This updated mill will be dubbed 'Kryotec170' and come to make 170 hp of power and 350 Nm of torque. Transmission choices include a 6-speed manual gearbox and a Hyundai-sourced 6-speed automatic gearbox as an option. The latter will even make its way to the Harrier a later on.