- Tata Buzzard SUV likely to be called Cassini.
- The seven-seater SUV will squarely go against Mahindra XUV500.
- Based on the Omega Arc platform, Cassini could receive a 4WD system.
- Visually, Tata Cassini will borrow heavily from Harrier.
- The SUV will get Harrier’s 2.0-litre KRYOTEC engine, updated for higher output.
Tata Motors recently revealed its upcoming product line-up including the Tata Harrier based seven-seater SUV, named Buzzard at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. Reports in media are rife that Tata’s upcoming seven-seater SUV will be sold under the ‘Cassini’ nameplate in India. Tata Motors has filed for the patent for the Cassini name, sources close to the development reveal, albeit, an official announcement is awaited from the carmaker. The Buzzard badge, on the other hand, is said to be used for the seven-seater model, whereas the Tata Harrier will be renamed Buzzard Sport in Europe.
Set to be the new flagship model from Tata Motors, the Tata Cassini is expected to sit at the top of Tata’s product range. The Tata Cassini seven-seater SUV is the second model after Harrier to use Tata’s Omega Arc underpinnings. Primarily an oversized Harrier with styling changes, with an additional row and more features, the Tata Cassini will go squarely against Mahindra XUV500 in the segment.
Visually, it will receive subtle styling changes over its donor model, Harrier including a straighter roof that will replace the coupe-style roof seen in the Harrier. This will allow more space inside the cabin along with generous head room for the occupants. Changes will also be made to the side for a muscular look. As per Tata’s claim, the Omega Arc platform can accommodate the 4WD drive system, implying a 4WD system on the Cassini. Tata could also equip five-seat Harrier with a 4WD system in future along with an automatic transmission and an additional sunroof.
The front end will borrow heavily from 5-seat Harrier. Similarity will be seen on the inside as well with a floating infotainment system layered in the cabin and wooden faux inserts used for styling. Under the hood, the seven-seater SUV is expected to get a 2.0-litre KRYOTEC engine from Harrier which makes 138 bhp along with 350 Nm torque, though, Tata could calibrate the engine to increase the power output. As for transmission, a six-speed automatic unit sourced from Hyundai is likely to be paired to it. The same transmission could be introduced on Harrier at a later stage. Aside from Cassini, Tata Motors is also working on Tiago facelift that could be launched in coming months. A JTP version of Nexon and an all-new Altroz premium hatchback are also in the pipeline.