The upcoming Tata H7X, also known as the Buzzard (or Cassini), is very hotly anticipated in the Indian market. Read all details in our Tata Buzzard (7-seater Harrier) Review
Everybody knows about the Tata Harrier; it’s the most handsome Tata Car we had yet. Still, Indian buyers are waiting for something similar yet quite different, the Tata Buzzard (or Cassini, the final name hasn't been revealed yet). First unveiled at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show as the H7X concept, Tata Buzzard is simply a 7-seater Tata Harrier. The current Tata Harrier is only a 5-seater vehicle, which isn’t enough to compete with other popular SUVs like Ford Endeavour and Toyota Fortuner.
Earlier, the 7-seater variant of the Harrier was supposed to launch before the end of 2019, but Tata has decided to hold back on it. Maybe the automotive market slowdown played a part. Regardless, the Buzzard is a very interesting car and here, we shall be presenting all the info we currently have on it.
7-seater Tata Harrier Review - Exterior
The design of the Buzzard does not deviate from the Harrier. It still sports the same lines, same curves, but with subtle differences. The length is a little longer, to accommodate the extra row of seats in the back. Current reports suggest that the Buzzard will be 62 mm longer than the Harrier, although the wheelbase will remain the same. That isn’t a huge change, and the compact dimensions will help the 7-seater Harrier be easily manageable in urban traffic.
Other differences on the Buzzard are the roof rails, larger rear quarter glass, and of course, the different badging. These details, however subtle, help the Buzzard have a somewhat unique identity. The final product, i.e., the production-ready model, might eventually have some more differentiating factors, like updated headlamp design, tail light design, or maybe changes to the sheet metal. That, however, cannot be confirmed at the moment.
7-seater Tata Harrier Review - Interior
On the inside, the 7-seater Tata Harrier is just that, a 7-seater Tata Harrier. The design, build material and quality, etc., of the interior is the same on the Buzzard as the Harrier. The seat fabric might be a little different, with the Buzzard sporting upmarket leather or leatherette to justify its premium positioning. The dashboard and instrument console will also remain the same.
The Buzzard will probably get a one-touch flip-and-fold mechanism for the second row for entry and exit into the third row. The model available at Geneva Motor show did not have a lot of space in the last row seats, but rather it was only usable for kids. The first and second row seats are extremely spacious though, courtesy the big dimensions and long wheelbase. There are dedicated air-con vents for the first and second row, and maybe even the third one.
7-seater Tata Harrier Review - Specs and Performance
The engine and transmission will be shared between the 5-seater and 7-seater Tata Harrier models. That means the Buzzard will sport the same 170 PS 2.0-litre diesel engine, sourced from Fiat, which does duty on the BS6 compliant Harrier. Transmission options will include a 6-speed manual and a 6-speed automatic.
FIAT Multijet II/Kryotec Turbocharged Diesel
6-speed Manual/6-speed Torque Converter Automatic
Front- Disc, Rear-Drum
The car will only be available as Front-wheel-drive, with no All-wheel-drive variant in the pipeline for the foreseeable future. That isn’t much of a problem for most of its customers, since not a lot of people would plan to take the car into some serious off-road trails. Ride and handling balance might be a little different, as the Buzzard might get larger, 18-inch Alloy wheels as opposed to the 17-inch Alloys on the Harrier.
7-seater Tata Harrier Review Verdict
As we’ve seen above, Tata’s 7-seater Harrier isn’t going to be radically different from the current 5-seater Harrier. Instead, it is the same familiar package we’ve known, but with some added bits that make it more practical to everyday users. The Buzzard might be priced between Rs. 15-20 Lakh (estimated, ex-showroom), and will compete with Mahindra XUV500 and the upcoming MG Hector 6-seater. Stay tuned for a detailed Tata Buzzard review from the test drive event early next year.